Mamás, I've come across two horrifying teen trends that we must all advise our kids to steer clear of: the fire challenge and the choking game. I am not exaggerating when I say that either of these ridiculous trends could end in death. In the fire challenge trend, participants basically set themselves on fire. Yeah, it's a thing! And in the choking game--or fainting game as it is sometimes called--the point is to cut off oxygen to the brain, which results in the person passing out, it's freakin' crazy and beyond dangerous.
Of course I have examples of both these trends to show you because as parents we need to know what is going on out there in order to teach our kids that some things are not fun or funny, they are nonsense and could lead to death.
Regular exercise is good for everybody and the earlier you get into the habit, the better. That's why it's important to motivate your kids to stay active. The best way to do that? Sports!
Though most children may be able to get their endorphins by running around with their friends, getting them involved in a sport will do much more for them to keep them active. In fact, organizations like the Women's Sports Foundation have found that playing on a team can provide a myriad of advantages for young female athletes. Below, check out four surprising benefits of sports for girls:
As a mom to boys, I can't stop thinking about this tragic story: a 14-year-old boy in San Diego committed suicide and his parents say it is because he was bullied after an embarrassing video of him went viral.
Matthew Burdette, a Boy Scout and water polo player killed himself, on November 29 while on a family trip for Thanksgiving. His parents, Timothy and Barbara Burdette, are suing the San Diego Unified School District for $1 million because they say a teacher and an administrator knew the bullying was going on and did nothing about it, according to news reports.
A 17-year-old girl left a chilling message and hasn't been heard from since. A note in her journal said, "If you're reading this, I'm either missing or dead."
Anji Dean's parents are frantically searching for her and they fear that she's a victim of sex trafficking. She walked out of her house in Camas, Washington, a town of 19,000 on the banks of the Columbia River, on June 23rd and hasn't been seen since.Continue Reading >
I swear teens do stupid stuff all the time, but nothing can compare to this new disgusting trend. Apparently, the new thing to do is called "bubbling" and, no, it does include blowing bubbles (oh, we wish it did...). Bubbling is when you pee into your own mouth. I'm not joking. This gross idea all started after pictures surfaced of a teen doing just that at a concert in Australia.
Ugh, I really fear for this nation's future after seeing this mess...Continue Reading >
Have you heard about caffeine powder? I hadn't until I learned Logan Steiner, an 18-year-old from Ohio who died because of it just days before his graduation. This is such a tragedy ... he was and excellent student and athlete headed to college on a full academic scholarship. But then he died from a caffeine overdose. A bag of caffeine powder was found in his room and family members think he might have been using it as part of his pre-workout routine, which apparently isn't all that uncommon.
So what is caffeine powder and what do you need to know about it to protect your kids?
High school--and adolescence in general--can be a confusing time for children and parents alike. To one point, you've spent the past 15 or so years molding your child into a responsible, respectable person, but at the same time he's still a kid and has a lot of learning to do. When it comes to school, it can be tempting to hand over the reigns entirely, assuming that after a decade or so of formal education your teen should have things under control, but that's not necessarily the case. You should still be the guiding force in your child's life, especially when it comes to school and safety. Read on to discover some of the most common mistakes parents of high schoolers make.
Most parents try to teach their kids the value of money and encourage them to get jobs once they are legally able to work. Unfortunately one mom hasn't received the memo and can barely afford to pay for her 15-year-old daughter's designer wardrobe. Jackie Walsh works three jobs in order to support her daughter Lauren's shopping habit.
Lauren spends over $1,000 on designer clothes every month all with her mom's hard earned cash. There's something TERRIBLY wrong with this picture!Continue Reading >
There are many things teens and their parents always clash over, but it is typically the norm. A 16-year-old in Norfolk, Virginia did the unthinkable after a dispute with his parents. Vincent Parker confessed in court that he killed his 57-year-old mother Carol and 55-year-old dad Wayne a week before Christmas last year ... and you're not going to believe what made him commit this horrific crime.Continue Reading >
I remember when I was in school and what a big deal class pictures were. It was the one time that girls made sure they looked flawless, especially senior year when the pictures were going in the yearbook. Wasatch High School in Utah took it upon themselves to go crazy with Photoshop on their female students pictures, but not in the way you would think.
When the girls got back their pictures, they were shocked to see that they appeared to be wearing a completely different outfit in the pictures! Huh?!Continue Reading >