Innocence Lost and Found

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The amazing staff at MomTrends, one of the hottest mommy blogs on the Internet, was disturbed by a story on the sexual practices of teenagers that went viral last week.  They sensed that the information the article presented might not be factual, and they asked me to look into it.  They were right.  MomTrends published my rebuttal […]

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Shooting Kids and Shooting Kids

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This past Wednesday, a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez when Lopez allegedly pointed an assault rifle at him. Only it was not an assault rifle. It was a toy designed to look like an assault rifle. ABC News quotes one angry neighbor, Abrey Martin, as saying, “I’m sure you can […]

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Challenging the Cinnamon Challenge

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In my book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, I advocate for challenging assertions about our kids, especially when the assertions come from popular media and employ copious amounts of hyperbole. In an effort to practice what I preach, I was skeptical of the recent headlines in the The Atlantic and The New York […]

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Majority Do or Does vs. Majority Do Not or Does Not?

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Yesterday Cecilia Kang reported in the Business section of The Washington Post that, “The majority of American teens own a smartphone.”  The statement raises two questions: Does “majority” take a singular or plural verb form? Is Cecilia correct? I have to admit that the first question perplexes me.  The my ears, “the majority of teens […]

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Sharing Infidelity

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For many members of Generation X – Americans born between 1961 and 1981 – “sharing” often has a negative connotation.  Sharing sexual partners spread HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.  So did sharing needles.  In the 1990s and 2000s, we learned that sharing ideas leads to lawsuits and lost fortunes. So it is of little […]

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Toy Fair Fare

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I recently was hired to work on a project with Neil Howe.  Along with his partner, William Straus, Neil coined the term “Millennials.”  More importantly, his work has contributed in a profound way to how we think about generations, their different proclivities, and their particular approaches to relationships. As I went to Toy Fair yesterday, […]

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Abstain from Palin

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Bristol Palin and her Dancing with the Stars co-contestant, Jersey Shore’s the Situation, are in a new commercial promoting abstinence. I cannot tell you how happy it made me to type that sentence. Bristol’s postpartum pro-abstinence stance is not new. Just last year she appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America saying, “Regardless of what I […]

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Basketball on the Brain

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“National Study Finds 70 Percent Increase in Basketball-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries.” That is the headline of a press release from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one that was picked up almost verbatim by Bloomberg and dozens of other media outlets, which is how I learned of it. 70% increase […]

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Drano Bombs

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I typically and deliberately write to an audience of parents of tweens and teens or to professionals who work with tweens and teens.  However, I am addressing this post, the first since my summer hiatus, to my aunt and my own mother who circulated this e-mail: Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little […]

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Bullying Our Kids

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Bullying is a real problem.  The best research indicates that about 13% of tweens and young adolescents are involved in moderate or frequent bullying, an additional 11% are bullied, and a troubling 6% both bully and are bullied.  Moreover, the consequences of bullying for both the bullied and the bullies can be dire. It is […]

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