I am concerned that our teens are losing out on the ability to learn about and read social cues. They cannot learn to read non-verbal behavior properly if most of their interacting goes on in the virtual world.
I am very sad about what Amanda Bynes is going through. She may have mental health issues or substance abuse issues or both. She is not unlike many other celebrities who take an emotional tumble as they get into their twenties.
Just when I thought that I had heard it all, I learned about yet another disturbing trend among our teen girls. Teen girls are now afraid of having a hip dip -- a slight curve on the outside of their upper thighs.
February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month. Many female teens set up impossible standards for themselves, which are incredibly hard to meet unless they are willing to put their health at risk by engaging in severely restrictive dieting.
Let's do something a little less boring and a little more fun this year with and for our teens. How about instead of resolving to scream less, to have more patience and to talk less negatively about their dads, we instead make resolutions that sound like fun?
During the first week or so following the death of someone's child, we are pretty clear about how to help that parent. I am concerned, though, that in our culture, we are at a loss for how to help these parents once the first week or so has passed.
This incessant posting of baby pictures has GOT to stop. I'm talking about you, Mommy Bore. Not you, brand-spanking new parent, who has every right to post pictures of your precious pink maggot on every social networking tool for at least two weeks following birth.
Perhaps our parents were indeed onto something when they used those phrases that seemed so meaningless at the time. Remember hearing "wait until you have kids," or even "you'll appreciate me when you're older?"