Desperate Teens Turning to Prostitution and Drug Dealing to Survive

Teenagers across the country are falling into drug dealing, theft, and prostitution in order to eat. This, according to a recent study, which found that poverty has been increasing throughout the U.S....more

Are Young Drivers at Greater Risk of Distracted Driving Crashes?

Shifting your attention between several activities may be perfectly appropriate to get more accomplished while working at your desk or while sitting on the couch watching television. But when driving, trying to multi-task is extremely dangerous. Driving requires a constant awareness of your surroundings and instant recognition of changes in traffic conditions. Even the most minor distraction may lead to accidents and injuries. ...more

Don't forget to water the parents

I am very happy to be back at home to spend time with my son, especially as he is about to be off from school for the holiday. We have a list of special things for the two of us to do together while we are home. I am trying to treasure this time, because I know that one day, he will want his Mommy to be just like a plant....more

Stop what you're doing and read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, NOW!

Aristotle and Dante Discoverthe Secrets of the UniverseAristotle and Dante has been on my TBR for a short time and I'm so DING DANG happy that I finally got to read it. My advice to you? Stop and read it NOW. Go straight to your local independent bookstore and snag a copy of this gem now. You won't be sorry.You know I love opening lines, right?...more

The Evolution of Friendship

Going into summer last year before seventh grade, I had a huge group of friends. I went to parties and hung out with all of them on a regular basis. I never felt alone. At the time, I thought a good friend was simply someone with similar humor, someone who was caring and supportive....more

Why Dad needs to keep his voice down

I read a lot of studies about parenthood. A surprising number of them uncover changes that need to be made in the Mother's behavior, because either the study didn't cover Dads as well, or it saw Dad's behavior as not having a significant effect on the child. ...more

5 Most Productive Ways For Teens To Spend Summers

As the summers are just around the corner, the quest for listing down interesting activities also accentuates. Kids are easy to handle. But, teenagers could be a real ordeal. Making sure teens stay proactive throughout the break and not indulge in unproductive activities used to be a tough task at hand for most moms but not anymore.Here are the 5 most productive ways for mums to help their teenagers spend summers:1) Gardening...more

Where is your phone right now?

When I am work, I carry my mobile phone with me from meeting to meeting. I do not want to do this, but should I get a call from my son's school, I want to be able to answer it. I try to keep it on silent, so it will not ding during meetings, and I try to remember to turn the volume back on at the end of the day in case my husband calls while I am driving home from work. (I am not always successful at remembering either of those things - sorry, Honey!)...more

The Number One Rule for My Daughter's iPhone

We gave our oldest daughter an iPhone for her 11th birthday. She is now 13. For two years, we have followed a consistent rule for the phone, and I believe this rule has helped our family adapt to technology in a balanced way. Image: Simon Yeo via Flickr via Creative Commons license The Rule is Simple ...more
Laura Kosloff Excellent point Laura: "The benefits far outweigh the downside of possibly missing ...more