In our modern age, we've all been told that to find the real answers, we need to look "within." But are there always answers within? Indeed, are there any there for any of us? And if there are, do we really want to hear them?
My bedroom door swings open. "Jamie, please knock next time," my husband tells our 12 year old. A shrug. "So, you want to know something weird?" This is one of Jamie's lead-ins. He appears most nights, often remembering to knock, after the other kids are asleep.
With the aid of technology, students from around the country were able to join kids from New York City area schools in a Teen News Conference with the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.
Bullying, some would argue, is also a tradition. It's been happening for generations, and is often even passed down within families. The weapons change through the years, but the victims tend to remain constant, kids who are different.
How can American parents and other adults talk with teenagers about sexuality and romantic relationships in more positive terms, while bolstering young people's capacities to protect themselves against potential negative experiences and consequences?
At a middle school I recently visited, I learned that cool girls skip lunch. Girls complained to me about being famished by dinner time, overeating, and not understanding why. They were fearful of eating in front of their peers.