5/13/09 News for Parents

By: Shannon is one of our teen interns, she is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.

Video of the Week

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Breaking News

Drugs: To Legalize or Not

Bracing for tween parenting

New Ways to Track Your Teen Online

Prevention: Enforcing Law Cuts Teenage Smoking

Falling flat-screen TVs a growing threat for kids

Articles of Interest

These articles are by our featured blogger today, Kami Lewis Levin, a Massachusetts-based mom, educator and writer who created The Fence, a blog that explores the tension between being a mom and working outside the home.

UnMaid Mom: Being a working mom doesn’t leave much time for general household upkeep.  But is hiring help a blessing or a curse?  

Don’t Hate!  Appreciate! The perception of moms in the workplace is often misguided.  Working makes me a better mom and being a mom makes me a better worker.  

My Body, My Selves:  Face it, being a mom can wreak havoc on a woman’s sense of self and her body.  I can intellectually compartmentalize the different aspects of my life, but I can’t fit into any of my clothes!

Can I sext you some time?

The reality is: TV provides the wrong sex ed.

Majoring in Stress

Teens cutting back on prom costs

Top baby names are: Emma & Jacob

‘Brow Raising

Amish teen ticketed for having beer in the buggy

Woman tries to “shave” $1000 from Wal-mart

Shannon’s Faves

Did you watch J.O.N.A.S.?

Vanessa’s Faves

Below are some links to articles and blog posts written by Dr. Erik Fisher, aka, Dr. E…, author, psychologist and media consultant that we thought you would enjoy. He has written The Art of Empowered Parenting: The Manual You Wish Your Kids Came With and has appeared on CNN, NBC, FOX and CBS, as well as radio shows across the country. He has also been referenced in magazines such as Parents, Marie Claire andCosmopolitan and over 200 newspapers. Dr. E…’s mission is to empower both kids and parents to live a life where everybody wins, learns and grows…together. Dr. E… can be found at www.erikfisher.com and has created the Empowered Parenting Network group on Facebook, as well as the Toycott Mattel: Protect Our Children’s Body Image cause on Facebook.

Sexting 101 Sexting has become a very risky behavior with teens that has implications for the entire family. We explore the reasons for this behavior and what parents need to be aware of.

Teens Blogging: With MySpace, Facebook and blogging being what so many teens are engaging in, there are issues that parents need to consider when it comes to issues that often come up when blogging.

Jessica Simpson Grown-Up This blog post discusses Jessica Simpson and society’s apparent issues with her body size. Body image is an issue that has influenced our society for more than 20 years now and our kids are not immune to it.

The New Dora The blog post is the first of a three part series exploring the announcement  and release of the “new Dora”. Body image issues are often introduced to children as young as toddlers, and we often don’t realize how subtle these issues are. Part II Dora Part III Dora

Sober’s Prom Promise DFYIT’s Prom Promise campaign aims to educate high-school graduates on the alternatives to illegal, underage drinking and the importance of staying sober.  More than 1600 breathalyzers will be distributed at three events (one to each senior) to reinforce the dangers of drink-driving and how many lives can be saved by being responsible on prom night.

Q&A on Teen Prescription Drug Abuse from TheAntiDrug.com Tips and a Q&A to help parents combat the problem of teen prescription drug abuse from TheAntiDrug.com (a website created by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to equip parents and adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids).  TheAntiDrug.com has teamed up with pharmacist Karen Reed, spokesperson for the American Pharmacists Association to get answers to important questions on the issue of teen drug abuse.

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