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Top 100 Books for Teens: ParentDish Picks

Judy Blume is a favorite among teenage girls. Credit: Amazon While your teen might have some idea of what to read, the 100 listed below might give her some new ideas. Regardless of whether your teen enjoys fantasy books or not, many ...Expand your teen's literary horizons with these varied selections.

Teen Aspires to Become a Beauty Queen ... and an Undertaker

Laura Copley, aspiring beauty queen and undertaker-to-be. Credit: Albanpix Ltd / Rex USA
Becoming a beauty queen might top the list of life aspirations for little girls, but undertaker? Laura Copley, an 18-year-old from Norwich, England, dream...

California Boy, 13, Sets Out to Be Youngest to Conquer Mt. Everest

Jordan Romero stands at the summit of Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania's highest peak, in fall 2009. Credit: Paul Romero
While many eighth graders are busy prepping for end-of-year tests or making plans for spring dances, Jordan Romero has his eye on s...

How to Make Peace with Your Teenage Daughter

Melody Carlson, author of Dear Mom: Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know But Will Never Tell You, dishes out advice for moms who are frustrated with the push-pull of the teenage years. Q: What are some of the biggest sources of con...

Bullied to Death

17-year-old Mentor, Ohio High School student Eric Mohat was the target of relentless verbal and physical abuse from his fellow students. In March of 2007, Eric committed suicide after one of his tormentors said, "Why don't you go home and shoot yours...

Molly Ringwald Pregnant!

Our favorite 80's Brat Pack movie maven, Molly Ringwald, is pregnant. The star of such films as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and my personal fave, Pretty in Pink, is expecting twins with husband Panio Gianopoulos. The twins, a boy and a girl, ...

Teens Suspended for Taunting Teacher on Facebook

A prestigious British girls' school suspended 29 pupils after a Facebook page targeting a female teacher was printed and passed around. The teacher was reportedly so upset by the malicious comments made by a group called "The Hate Society" that she ...

Smokin' in the Boys Room -- What Kids Are Smoking

Did you know that every year, the federal government funds a study to keep on top of teenage drug use? I didn't. Not that it surprises me, but, no, I didn't know that. Well, it turns out that this year's edition has some surprising numbers in it. Tee...

Should Doctors Keep Minors' Info Confidential?

This is a tough one. I remember being a kid on the brink of being a teenager--we didn't have the word "tween" back then--sitting in my pediatrician's office waiting to get examined or get a shot or whatever. That doctor was not someone I felt like s...

Unknown Teen Lands Role on New Rosie O'Donell Show

Remember how mad some of you got when I wrote about Will Smith securing the rights to the Karate Kid movie for his son, Jaden? Well, those of you should get some vindication out of the fact that Rosie O'Donell has cast a virtual--OK, total--unknow...

Boyfriend barely meets dad who pipes up

It's not exactly the preferred way to find out your fifteen-year-old daughter has a boyfriend, but I guess it will make for an interesting story down at the pub on a Saturday night. Raul Colon got up at four in the morning to let his dog out, just as...

What to do with old concert T-shirts

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time listening to music, and perhaps even more money on t-shirts from the concerts I attended. I've kept them faithfully over the years. In fact, they've traveled from Kentucky to New York several times and h...

The pressure of being a teen

Every generation thinks they have it tougher than the one before. And, you know what? They probably do. Like the new iphone, every generation is expected to be smarter, faster, better, and thinner than the last. So it is with teenagers, teenage girls...

Teenager finds bat in her bra!

In one of those bizarro stories that is so weird it simply has to be true, a teenage girl recently found a bat in her bra. Not the Louisville Slugger type, mind you, this was the living, breathing mammal kind. According to Abbie Hawkins, she thoug...

PD*Poll: Mom fights church that banned autistic boy

Right on the heels of the recent story about a boy with Asperger's syndrome being voted out of his classroom comes a story out of Minnesota about a 13-year-old autistic boy who's been banned from church. According to church officials, the boy, Adam, ...

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