eParenting & Parenting in the 21st Century

By Peter Mellow | Selected curated articles from my Scoop.it collection of the same name.

How parents can protect their young athletes from the Larry Nassars of the world

“Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”<p>Those words, spoken by sexual-abuse survivor Kyle Stephens to her tormentor, Larry Nassar, likely chilled the hearts of every parent in America. Nassar, who rose to prominence while working with …

Empathy

How Do You Grandparent a 20-Year-Old?

A grandmother’s perspective on navigating a tricky and increasingly common relationship<p>“Is that your grandbaby?” asked the gate agent who checked Rachel through to the area for departing passengers. “Sure is,” I said. For long seconds, my husband and I remained at the gate in Kennedy Airport, …

John F. Kennedy International Airport

A parent's guide to why teens make bad decisions

From getting beyond drunk at a friend’s party, to some seriously questionable outfit choices, teenagers often do things that seem outlandishly …

Teens

1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours

PEMBROKE, N.H. — The first time Patrick Griffin overdosed one afternoon in May, he was still breathing when his father and sister found him on the floor around 1:30. When he came to, he was in a foul mood and began arguing with his father, who was fed up with his son’s heroin and fentanyl …

Burger King

If adolescence now lasts until 24, what does that mean for the rest of us?

The rigid boundaries of youth are giving way, but sooner or later we must all learn to grow up<p>In medieval times, childhood ended at the age of seven, with the arrival of a supposed understanding of right from wrong. Childhood and adolescence have constantly been refashioned. Last week it received …

Parenting

Yes, People Really Are Eating Tide Pods. No, It’s Not Safe.

It seems every few weeks another challenge takes social media by storm.<p>Some, like the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” promote a cause. Others, like the bottle-flipping craze, are benign. But then there are those fads that are ill-informed or, worse, dangerous.<p>The latest, the “Tide pod challenge,” belongs …

Eating

A multi-platform educational experience

Frankenstein200 puts players in the middle of the action in a story where Mary Shelley’s classic tale collides with modern science. Perform …

Mary Shelley

Teens are daring each other to eat Tide pods. We don’t need to tell you that’s a bad idea.

First, it was the “gallon challenge” and the “cinnamon challenge.”<p>Then some teenagers started playing the “bath-salt challenge.”<p>They have dared each other to pour salt in their hands and hold ice till it burns, douse themselves in rubbing alcohol and set themselves ablaze, and throw boiling water …

Rob Gronkowski

How to talk NCEA with your kids – tips with Michael Jones

YouTube

Latest online teen 'challenge' has fatal consequences

An alarming new trend involving teenagers eating detergent capsules and posting the videos on YouTube could "put them in danger", health officials …

Biting

What Do Parents Want From Schools?

Several recent polls have asked adult members of families their thoughts about education. Media coverage of such polls focuses mostly on findings …

A mom struggles to connect with her rough-and-tumble boys

<i>Q: I have this nagging feeling that my children and I are not connecting. They’re boys (9 and 7), I’m not. They are rough and tumble, I’m not. They love sports and games, I don’t. They have a blast with their dad, I feel like I’m the boring nagging person who makes them clean their rooms, brush</i> …

Parenting

Raising a Social-Media Star

The parents of teen internet celebrities get a crash course in a new kind of fame while trying to maintain boundaries for their newly rich and powerful children.<p>When then-14-year-old Jonas Bridges ran down the stairs of his Atlanta home shouting, “Dad, I’ve got 1,000 fans!” his father, Rob Bridges, …

Parenting

Minecraft teaches kids about tech, but there’s a gender imbalance at play

Arguments about “screen time” are likely to crop up in many households with children these holidays. As one of the best-selling digital games of all …

Kids

Here's How Common the Tide Pod Challenge Really Is

On Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) tweeted an earnest request to its nearly 42,000 followers: Please don’t eat laundry …

Procter & Gamble

Seven ways … to avoid eyestrain

These days, if we’re not staring at our smartphones, we’re sitting in front of computers. And more than half of office workers have reported the symptoms of eyestrain. How do you protect yourself?<p>The rapid advance of technology over the past two decades has meant that many of us spend a …

Wellness

Toilet training at 2 is normal in U.S. but very late in China and other countries

Are 2-year-olds too young to start toilet training?<p>For many children, yes. Especially boys. At least, that’s what American pediatricians would probably say. Only about half of the children in the United States are fully toilet-trained by age 3.<p>Chinese grandmothers would be appalled. They would …

Parenting

What teens wish their parents knew about social media

When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.<p>After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their …

Parenting

Girl receives shocking suicide abuse days after Dolly's funeral

<b>WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT</b><p>A father has been left angered and heartbroken after his young daughter was the target of sickening online bullying just …

New Zealand News

How to cut your child's sugar intake

A new campaign from Public Health England is urging parents to limit snacks for children to two a day, and 100 calories a piece. The aim is to reduce …

Eating

My father’s addiction made him a stranger. Is it too late to get to know him now?

‘Wow. This is really beautiful, son, thanks so much for this.”<p>I’m sitting in a Takoma Park restaurant watching my father thumb through a small silver photo album from my parents’ wedding. It’s the first time he’s seen the album in 25 years. And this is only the third or fourth time I’ve seen him in …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Anti-Cyber Bullying Campaign Launched After Suicide Of Former Akubra Child Model

The suicide of a 14-year-old girl who was once the face of iconic Australian outback hat maker Akubra has left the nation shocked, as her grieving …

Mental Health

Schoolyard conflicts may be linked to serious health problems later in life, research shows

Kids argue at school, push each other after a foul on the court, ghost a former BFF.<p>And parents often roll their eyes when these conflicts happen.<p>But in fact, the way kids handle conflict with peers may have major long-term health repercussions. New research from the University of Virginia shows …

Parenting

My toddler said something that finally made me quit smoking

When I was 15, I was a bit of a rebellious teenager. I made the mistake of lighting up a cigarette, and it was a habit I didn't kick for almost 13 …

Parenting

Australian teenagers turn their backs on 'uncool' alcohol

Today's teenagers are turning their backs on Australia's excessive drinking culture, and shunning other drugs, in a change that has been dubbed a …

Substance Abuse

Selective schooling harmed my mental health

The NSW Department of Education is conducting a review of selective schools. The minister favours opening them up to local enrolments to make them …

Australian Universities

Schools can’t tackle child literacy levels alone – it takes a village

The recently released NAPLAN 2017 results and findings from the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) have got Australia …

Parenting

The vital time you shouldn’t be on social media

Social media is having a worrying impact on sleep; we reveal the crucial time to stay away from it.<p>Today’s teens and tweens have built up an impressive amount of daily screen time. Figures put it at between six to eight hours a day for 11-15 year-olds, and that’s not including time spent on a …

Social Media Marketing

Italian mother warned by court over sharing photos of son on social media

An Italian woman has been banned from posting images of her teenage son on social media, and threatened with a €10,000 fine if she defies it.The …

New Zealand News