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The Dress Code Dilemma

As different parts of the country began their school year this past week & the weather has maintained its summer climate, students have had to face an on-going battle when it comes to dress code. In a recent article from NPR, school administrators face daily battles with students who push the bounds of appropriate clothing and accessories. Every school has its own version of “appropriate”... read more

Are Teens Still Drawn To Malls?

As summer winds down for most of the country, an interesting trend seems to be emerging: teens rarely hang out in malls. An article from NPR has cited two malls in Atlanta where teen presence is noticeably lacking. One may think that it could be economically driven, or something as challenging as reducing teen presence deliberately, but interestingly enough, it could also be due to technology and social... read more

Do You Trust Your Child’s Judgement Regarding the Opposite Sex?

What would you do if your child asks if he/she could spend a few hours at a friend’s house without any adult supervision? Would it matter if the child he/she was hanging out with was of the opposite sex? As a mom of a 15 year old daughter, I have had no problems over the years of letting my child spend time with her friends, boys and girls, so long as I knew the parents and if a parent was present... read more

Do Two-Piece Bathing Suits Sexualize Kids?

Summer may not be here yet, but department and online stores already have their swimsuit line ready for the season. It’s not uncommon for consumers to start shopping for swimsuits earlier in the game, but would you reconsider your bathing suit choice if it was perceived as sexualizing your child? Currently, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, GOOP, has come under scrutiny for featuring... read more

Can Films Teach Positive Role Models To Kids?

How many times have you seen films where the protagonist is male? More than I can count on my fingers. How many female protagonists have been featured in films? Not enough. I was inspired to write about this topic after hearing a segment of TED Talks where the topic was “How Movies Teach Manhood”. The speaker, Colin Stokes (previously stage & screen actor, currently Director of... read more

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