Archive for June, 2011

Grounded! Airport Stress Too Much For Vacationers

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Will the stresses of flying, including the delays, uncomfortable seats, long lines, and the now-famous bodily (and diaper) searches put a crimp in America’s summer vacation plans?

Thoughts About The War On Drugs

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Okay, maybe the drug problem isn’t the biggest problem in America, but tell that to the families of the four people killed in the Medford, NY drugstore robbery.

Parents, Teens and Drugs: The Conversation II

Friday, June 24th, 2011

If you don’t want to be convinced you won’t be convinced. But the data tell a different story. Experimenting with drugs, even pot, is dangerous.

Nike’s Druggy Tees: Should They Be Tossed?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

At the Niketown store in Boston, the window display features tee shirts on which are printed things like “Get High” and “Dope”. Boston’s mayor wants them gone.

Parents, Teens and Drugs: The Conversation Part I

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Not all drug-related crimes happen in low socio-economic areas. My experience shows that many drug-related crimes are seriously under-reported when they occur in middle, upper-middle and even upper-class communities. That’s because the victim and the perpetrator know each other, and may even be related.

Prove Education Programs Work Before They’re Used? Poll

Friday, June 17th, 2011

orget the millions and millions of wasted dollars on failed, or just not very successful, programs. Forget the time spent training educators in new, snazzy-sounding methods that may or may not work (and many, many of them don’t). Focus on the actual harm we may be doing to America’s kids.

Seven Signs Your Kids Might Be Doing Drugs

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Are your kids doing drugs? How do you know?

Children, Clothing And Self-Image

Monday, June 13th, 2011

C.R. writes: Richard’s off for the day, so I’m filling in. Here’s one woman’s point of view on a disturbing trend.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to join the British group mumsnet in addressing the problem of what one psychologist shockingly calls “pimping our children.”  You aren’t a prude if you’re concerned about the direction children’s videos, music, games, and clothing, have taken. You don’t even have to be a parent. We should all worry about the message that kids are getting from overtly sleazy, attracting clothing.

The wearing of alluring clothing is the norm in many segments of Western (though not world), society. Loudly announcing your sexuality and desirability through your choice of clothing is considered to be not only normal, but a valid expression of your identity and personal freedom. In fact, it has been the norm for so many years that a kind of “blindness” has set in. But it wasn’t always this way.

Should Parents Drug-test Their Teens?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Should parents test their children for substance abuse at home? Actually, many already do.

Anxiety And Our Constant Contact Culture

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Being in constant contact can skew our ability to prioritize. We can no longer recognize healthy boundaries. Our sense of self actually changes.

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