It can be troubling to think about how teenagers can stray into some very risky and scary behaviors. Like... wearing T-shirts!
Typically news stories about the issues affecting teens include topics such as drugs, suicide, handguns, gangs and unprotected sex. But simple T-shirts have been the topic of concern this week. School boards, administrators, parents, teens and even advocacy groups like the ACLU have been discussing all sorts of cotton wardrobe-related questions: Should the words students wear on their clothes be protected as free speech?
I did not go to an ordinary high school. Since graduation, I have become more and more aware of the fact that my high school experience was atypical in that it was of the “magnet” and “art” varieties....more
This is my first blog, but you probably already knew that. Well, I guess to start off, you need to know a little about me. I am a highschooler in a little town in South Carolina. I have about 5 friends I can trust in a school of about 1500 kids. I'm not unpopular, per say, but I don't trust the other people. I get made fun of by some, hated by many, and unknown to almost all. My dad is from Honduras and my mom is from Arkansas. Neither had completed school up until about two years ago. They've always wanted the best for me and my sisters....more
This is a list of the many excuses reasons behind why I won't be attending my twentieth High School Reunion this year. Just in case there are any other kindered souls out there, or other laggards who hadn't RSVP'd yet.  1. I am certainly not old enough to have been out of high school twenty years already....more
One of the hardest lessons to learn as a parent is to trust your instincts. You feel something is not right with your child, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Is she happy? Is she under too much pressure? Is this the way it’s supposed to be? All questions you might ask yourself when you see something off in your child. But, despite the voice in your head, there is a whole host of people, from school counselors to medical doctors to your closest friends, who will tell you, “Everything is just fine. This is normal behavior.”...more
And it is a welcome one. Really. I'm ready for the change.I drove the neighborhood today (quite like taking Olivia to the bus stop) - my regular path. Down to the end of the street - drop Olivia with the rest of the Oakland and Central kids then turn the corner and head into our neighborhood the back way - past houses I usually don't see - up and around the corner where we do know some kids. Up the street, past all the familiar haunts to our familiar "green house", as the boys say....more
Although Pretty Little Liars series had started only recently, it has been pretty successful in acquiring great heights. The series is quite breezy and instantly enjoyable. The Pretty Little Liars episodes are so amazing that in five years it has become one of the biggest hits with approximately one million viewers watching it every week. ...more
Here we are, that time of year where teenagers everywhere gear up for what could be the best or the worst time of their lives. Good old High School. I get questions daily about how to make it through the maze of mean girls, jocks, pressure, sex, grades, dating and fitting in just enough to not garner too much negative addition. The good thing is, high school is just a means to an end, nothing else....more
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