A new book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, suggests that internet may be safer for teens than moms and dads may think.
The internet is not making teens social misfits — The writer says that teens would love to go out and be with their peers but often are not allowed to wander about so instead they congregate on social media.
“To make up for this lost freedom, teens have turned to their computers. “The success of social media must be understood partly in relation to this shrinking social landscape,” Boyd explains. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other sites “are not only new public spaces; they are in many cases the only ‘public’ spaces in which teens can easily
This video is making the rounds on Facebook. It’s from a dad who is waiting for his daughter at school pick up. He starts video taping on his phone kids slipping and falling on an ice patch near his car. He chuckles through the whole five minutes and likes to try to predict who is going to bite it. About 3.5 minutes in the daughter joins him in the car and also finds it very amusing. The daughter says at the end “We’re kind of bad people.”
I wonder if a mom were sitting there would she would tape it or get out and warn the kids “Hey this is really slippery here. Be careful!” I have no doubt that if i was sitting there I would feel obligated to warn the kids so no one gets hurt.
So what do you think: Bad dad or just clean winter fun? Would a mom have handled it differently? Would all dads tape it or would some dads warn the kids?
Men have 24 approved drugs to treat their sexual dysfunction. Women have none, and now some women’s groups are wondering if this is because of gender bias and a societal squeamishness in talking about women’s sexual pleasure.
According to the Washington Post, a 2008 study showed that 12 percent of women may suffer from female sexual problems.
“Low sex drive in women has been studied since the 1970s, but developing a treatment has proved more difficult than addressing male dysfunction, which often involves poor blood flow to the penis.
“The principal problem for men is plumbing. They don’t have low libido,” said Jan Shifren, director of the Midlife Women’s Health program at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Women don’t have a problem with anatomy. They have a much more complex problem.”…”
Some drugs have been invented but have not made it through the approval process. For example, there’s flibanserin.
“A drug called flibanserin, touted by some as the
USA Today wrote a fascinating story about chronically ill children moving to Colorado to be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition.
The story specifically looks at children who are having massive amounts of Epileptic seizures each day.
Seven-year-old Greta Botker has had 15 or so seizures every day since she was five months old, according to the USA Today article. She couldn’t walk steadily, feed herself or talk. Her family lives in Minnesota but the parents decided that one parent should move with Greta to Colorado so they could try a specific medical marijuana called Charlotte’s Web, which comes in a liquid form. (The parents, Maria and Mark, switch off so they can also be with their kids in Minnesota too.)
“Realm of Caring, a Colorado foundation started by the family that grows Charlotte’s Web, has 100 patients whose families have moved to Colorado from 43 states and two countries, says executive director Heather Jackson. It has a waiting
A friend shared an interesting article about whether or not you should let your kids spend the night at friends’ houses or even family members’ houses for that matter.
The article is featured on a Mormon lifestyle website (LDS Living), but I don’t think people should disregard the information because it comes from a religious publication. I think it should be viewed as a conservative parent publication.
Here is what the mom argues. From LDS Living.com:
“For us, the sleepover issue actually began at a stake conference fireside in late 1995. Our stake president at the time, Larry Lawrence, counseled our stake to beware of sleepovers and slumber parties. He explained that many children have drunk their first beer, sworn for the first time or lost their virtue “on a night when they did not have to look their parents in the eye when the night was over.” He advised us to take comfort in knowing our families were safe under the same roof at the end of each night.”
“His own children
I am hearing via Facebook that some teachers in Georgia sent home two days worth of homework so students won’t waste their snow days.
Some of the friends are pro assignments saying it gives them something to do other than video games, but others say the kids should just be able to enjoy the day.
So kids in Georgia have already missed several days of school (I’m reading five but don’t think that is accurate for all counties), how should they spend these snow days? Should they have assignments due? Should they practice for standardized tests? Should they just be able to read a book or play games with their marooned families?
Are schools within their rights and responsible to send home assignments or should a snow day should be a snow day?
Lilina came down with the flu 10 days ago, Walsh came down it five days ago and Rose came down with it Monday night.
Despite all having our flu shots, and three of us taking Tamiflu, our family has been knocked out by the flu. (Michael is feeling lucky being in Russia and away from the sick house.) I do think the shots and the Tamiflu have kept it from being terrible but it has just lingered for a really long time.
I sent Lilina to school on Monday thinking she was finally over it. She hadn’t run a fever for a week and seemed much better. When I picked her up Monday after school she was crying and felt awful. By the time we got home, she spiked a 102-degree fever so I guess it was too soon to go back.
Rose said her throat was hurting Monday night so I kept her home on Tuesday. Lilina and Walsh both had low-grade fevers so they both had to stay.
Rose has spent the day watching movies and drinking hot tea. I keep trying to get Walsh to do homework because his school is so scary
I am hearing more and more from friends in Gwinnett County about their schools using Bring Your Own Device to class, and I want to know more about how the kids are actually using the technology. (Here is a PDF about Gwinnett’s BYOD program.)
Devices are outlawed at our middle school and I assume the elementary school too. My 12-year-old knows she can listen to her iPod before school but not during school. They aren’t even supposed to take it out of their backpacks.
I absolutely think that technology has a place in the classroom and can benefit the students greatly. At the university level, my students brought in iPads, iPhones, laptops – whatever they wanted to use to take notes, to explore and to learn.
I was helping in my daughter’s first-grade class two weeks ago and the assignment was for the kids to write about where they would want to visit in the world. I started talking to one of the little girls and she just didn’t have enough knowledge about continents or countries
My husband, the new global sports editor for The Associated Press, is currently in Sochi, Russia, helping lead his company’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. (He led Super Bowl coverage on Sunday night and then jetted to Russia on Monday night.)
He is working with a tremendous team of reporters, editors, photographers and videographers covering every angle of the Games.
We’ve texted with him on Textfree but only talked to him once via FaceTime since he landed. He showed us his hotel room (not ghastly
My 6-year-old came downstairs Sunday around 5 a.m. barking, wheezing and crying. Initially I just thought she was having an asthma attack because we had hiked the day before and everything is starting to bloom here. But then I felt her and she clearly had a fever.
I treated her asthma with multiple inhalers, gave her ibuprofen and put her in my bed. Two days of bed rest later, she actually looked worse. (Although her bark was gone and her lungs sounded clear). So we went to the doctor. I assumed she was going to tell us a sinus infection. The doctor walked in and immediately said she has the flu.
Lilina had her flu shot and that’s why it wasn’t worse according to the doctor. She said it would have been much worse without the shot attenuating it. The doctor prescribed Tamiflu for her and then turned to me.
My pediatrician knows that my husband is in Russia for the Olympics, and I am alone taking care of three kids. (All my family lives 2,000 miles away!) She said you’re going