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 >
Prom is something every high school senior looks forward to, but one Texas girl died tragically amidst the celebration. MacArthur High School student,17-year-old Jacqueline Gomez, was found dead in a Hyatt hotel room the morning after partying with friends. Her boyfriend was the one who discovered her body in the hotel bed.
He called police frantically who took him in for questioning as investigation went underway over the girl's death.Continue Reading >
Most of us know that it's important for college-bound students to be active outside of school so as to appear more well-rounded to admissions officers. We encourage our children to pick up hobbies, play sports, participate in community service activities, get a part-time job--and thankfully, all of those things can actually translate into real dollars when it comes time to pay next semester's tuition. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of scholarships available no matter the niche. So whether your kiddo is the star basketball player or a lifelong insect afficionado, there's probably some financial assistance out there for him, though you may have to do a bit of digging. Check out our tips below.Continue Reading >
Teens typically play practical jokes on each other, but one joke went a bit too far and left a teen boy in a coma. The 17-year-old boy who is hospitalized was goofing off with another group of boys returning to class from their lunch break. One of the kids thought it would be funny to prank him the way most teens do each other, but didn't realize how deadly it was going to be.
Not only is this instance scary, but if your sons aren't careful, it can happen to them too!Continue Reading >
I thought I'd heard every term out there to describe abstinence in sex ed classes, but I was wrong. It wasn't until now that I learned about how some schools in Mississippi are comparing women who have sex to pieces of dirty chocolate or gum. What the hell?
Not only is this an absurd comparison but it's completely ignorant. Wait till you hear what teachers did in the classroom to prove their point. It might leave you dumbfounded!Continue Reading >
Derek Muharem, the principal at Bethel Middle School in Connecticut, recently sent home a letter to parents warning them about the ABC Eraser Challenge game that about a dozen students at the school have participated it. Students dare each other to take this challenge, then they basically mutilate themselves with a pencil eraser and compare the wounds. It's absurd and way more dangerous than you would think. Oh and Bethel Middle School is NOT the only school where it is happening. A simple online search for "eraser challenge" will bring up tons of videos.
So why are teens doing it and why is it so dangerous?
A 35-year-old mother of three has been charged with murder and neglect after her 13-year-old son died of chronic starvation. The North Dakota woman, Jessica Lee Jensen, was arrested when police visited her home after she called telling them her son, Aidan Edward Bossingham, died. Medical help arrived at the home, but couldn't save the boy. What doctors learned through the medical examiner's observation is shocking and saddening.
The teen who could have been mistaken for a 3-year-old suffered from a human growth hormone issue that wasn't treated for years. How horrifying!Continue Reading >