Should Parents Who Let Teens Drink at Home Be Punished?

Should parents who let their kids drink at home be punished? Credit: Getty Images
Attention Mississippi parents: If you let your teenagers and their friends drink alcohol at your house, you could go to jail.
Mississippi Gov. Haley B...

Teens Lie, Like, a Lot, Survey Reveals

Is Pinocchio your teen's role model? Credit: Corbis
Teens lie. It's not such a shocking revelation. But you may be surprised to learn just how pervasive dishonesty is amongst teens.
Eight out of 10 high school students admit they've...
Eight out of 10 high school students admit they've lied to a parent about something significant.

Middle School Bullies More Likely to Use Alcohol, Study Says

Adolescent bullies and victims are more likely to use alcohol than those not involved in bullying. Credit: Corbis
If your child is a bully, now there's another reason -- aside from common sense and decency -- to reign in his aggressive behavior...
Bullies are bellying up to the bottle.

Teenage Girls Portray Themselves as Sexy and Crazy Online, Survey Finds

You may be shocked by your daughter's online image. Credit: Getty Images
The time your teenage daughter spends on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter may be causing identity confusion, as her online persona probably por...
She may be all sweet and smart at home, but on Facebook, your teen wants to be known as sexy and funny.

Bow Hunter, 17, Bags 448-Pound Bear

Jessica Olmstead bagged this bear. Credit: Olmstead Family / AP
What do most 17-year-old girls do in their spare time? Post Facebook updates? Hang with their friends at the mall? How about hunting bear with a bow and arrow? This summer, Jes...
This summer, Jessica Olmstead killed a 448-pound black bear while on a hunting trip in Ontario, Canada with her dad, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Ohio Mall Requires Chaperone for Teens

If you're going shopping in Springdale, Ohio, make sure you bring your identification with you. News station WCPO reports that security guards at Tri-County Mall outside Cincinnati will ask anyone who looks younger than 25 to present his or her...

Opinion: Right to Die Billboard Sends the Wrong Message

Is this billboard irresponsible? Credit: Jerry McCrea, The Star-Ledger
A billboard in New Jersey is sending a dangerous message to kids. The sign, on Route 22 in Hillside, N.J., reads "My Life, My Death, My Choice" and is followed by the web...

Teens With Earlier Bedtimes Are Less Likely to Be Depressed, Study Says

Sleeping early: The key to happiness? Credit: Getty Images
Wondering how to deal with a moody and depressed teenager? Give them an earlier bedtime. In a study reported in the journal Sleep, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center r...

Canadian Children's Author Dishes on Work, Travel and Parenting Teens

Helaine Becker doesn't do mornings. But that doesn't stop her from being a prolific and award-winning author of children's books, as well as a busy mother of two teenage boys -- Michael, 17, and Andrew, 15. The Toronto writer and public speaker has p...

'TextEd' Website Launched to Combat Teen Sexting

Texting is ubiquitous in Canada, and growing every day. In September 2009, Canadians sent approximately 100 million text messages per day, and text message volumes have been doubling every year since text messaging was introduced in 2002. But when it...

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...

Depression Linked to Bedtimes

Does your teen have a bedtime? Photo: husin.sani/Flickr
My eight-year-old has had a bad case of teen envy for quite some time. In addition to the fun-filled and exciting lives she is convinced they lead, she thinks that the best part of being ...

Cyber-Spying on Your Teen - How Bad?

This column explores the parenting crimes most parents commit now and again, and asks the question: How Bad?
There's been much in the news about teen "sexting" and tween Twittering lately, which reminds me of when I was visiting with some fri...

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...

Bristol Palin Says Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Just Not Realistic

Bristol Palin, teenage daughter of 44-year-old mother of five and former Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, made headlines last summer when it was revealed that she and boyfriend Levi Johnston were expecting a child. Ah, the irony of a teen pregn...


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