Too Sexy Too Soon

No one would argue, Halloween has become an excuse for girls to dress slutty without feeling guilty. The sad fact is… this is starting to trickle down to our daughters. If you don’t believe me, just take a peek at the best selling costumes from the most popular costume retailers. Here’s Party City’s “Top Costumes” [Read More…]

Should We Read Our Teenagers’ Texts

My 16-year-old daughter traveled with me to Southern California where I taught a parenting workshop earlier this year. Afterwards she was bombarded with parents asking her “teenaged” opinion about some of the guidelines I proposed. One parent asked her candidly: “So do you agree with all your dad’s guidelines?” I had shared a few of [Read More…]

I’m a Judgemental Bastard

Whenever you assume, you make an… well… you know the rest. I don’t like the fact that I sometimes jump to conclusions about people. I guess you could really call that “judging people.” I don’t like doing it, but I do it… way too often. I see someone and I immediately stereotype them in my [Read More…]

What Teen Girls Learn from Seventeen

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words… perhaps so is a magazine cover. In a world where young girls are overwhelmed with pressure to look pretty and try to measure up in so many ways, it’s amazing to me that parents don’t mind their girls digesting this kind of material. Exhibit A: last month’s [Read More…]

Do You Know What Songs Your Kids Just Downloaded?

Digital Music sales is up 15 percent from last year, and America is on pace to break 2011’s record of purchasing 1.3 billion digital tracks. Let’s face it—American’s love their music. The question is, do you know what your kids are downloading? Let me be clear. I’m not recommending that you become a helicopter parent, [Read More…]

Adults Would Rather Not Know

…WHAT GOES ON IN THE DARK Jonathan McKee, Author of Candid Confessions of An Imperfect Parent, shares a sobering peek into a public high school dance. The 16-year-old girl stepped out of the limo, careful to keep her dress from riding up any higher than it already rested on her upper thighs. Clasping her date’s [Read More…]

Shocking Homecoming Dance Song Playlist

It’s times like these that I’d love to have just a moment with the founding fathers of our country and ask then to clarify their intentions about our first amendment rights? Were they referring to the songs that are going to be played at my daughter’s high school homecoming dance this coming Saturday? Because my [Read More…]

An R-rated Movie Your Teenagers Should See

I’ve never been one of those parents who uses the PG, PG-13 or R rating as a benchmark for whether a movie is appropriate for my teenagers. Think about it. Would you really hesitate to show your 16-year-old the R-rated Saving Private Ryan? On the other hand… do you really want them watching another PG-13 [Read More…]