There's nothing more refreshing than watching a young Latino kid run a wildly successful lemonade stand--that is, of course, unless you're a cranky old sourpuss who lives next door to said stand.
Doug Wilkey of Dunedin, Florida has been campaigning to have his 12-year-old T.J. Guerrero's lemonade stand shut down for the last two years, because, get this, it's too popular. Wilkey has contends that the middle schooler's "illegal" lemonade stand has caused excessive traffic, noise, trash, illegal parking and other problems that reduce his property values.
Saying "God bless you" could end up getting you in deep trouble in this Tennessee high school. Kendra Turner did the polite thing by saying "bless you" after one of her peers from Dyer County High School sneezed. The crazy thing is that Turner ended up getting suspended for it. The 18-year-old claims she was thrown out of class for "Godly speak," which her teacher had a strict rule against. Things got even worse for the teen when she tried to defend using the common expression.
Janie Talley was arrested in North Carolina after she helped her teenage son set himself on fire. The 41-year-old mother recorded the home video which shows her 16-year-old take on "The Fire Challenge." Obviously the dangerously stupid prank went wrong and the boy was rushed to the hospital with severe burns. Moments after the video was uploaded to Facebook, police officers arrested Talley and charged this crazy mom with delinquency.
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.