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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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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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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Taking the gamble out of Chatroulette.

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“Now he’s waggling his tongue at me and taking off his shirt.”  It’s not what you expect to hear when you tune in to NPR, but today Robin Young, the host of Here & Now, was describing her experience with Chatroulette, a Web site that randomly links users with active webcams, live. Here is how […]

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