Should I let my kid dress like a weirdo?

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There is a huge difference between sporting a blue mohawk because you think it looks cool, and sporting a blue mohawk because you want to horrify and offend everyone you meet.  Trying to set yourself apart from your peers is morally neutral and should be tolerated, even if it makes adults cringe a bit. But trying to give the world or your family a big "F you" is a problem.It's behavior that matters, and so it’s the behavior that parents should focus on.  This is just as true for kids who wea … [Read more...]

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Let’s ditch the prom

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  Parents, if you imagine that your child's life will be irreparably damaged if he or she misses out on this one monstrously noisy, hideously expensive night of painful shoes, emotional pressure, and hysteria, then I strongly encourage you to think harder about what the rest of your child's life ought to look likeRead the rest at the Register. image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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What can Catholic parents learn from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

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Our kids need us. Most of our teenagers are not in danger of becoming violent jihadists like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; but unless we make a deliberate, consistent, sincere effort to live our faith and to make sure that our older kids are well connected with adults who can guide and educate them and answer their questions, and unless we give them many opportunities to practice their faith, then there is little hope that they will still be Catholics when they leave our homes.  Read the rest at the Re … [Read more...]

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At the Register: The Rotten Teenager’s Guide to Staying Unemployed

Not that I would know anything about this, not having, nor ever having been, a rotten teenager. No sirree. … [Read more...]

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Seven Really Good Books for Young Adults

Sorry this is so long.  I didn't have time to write anything shorter. Seven Quick Takes:  Seven Really Good Books for Young AdultsWhen I was in high school, everything we read had to be about either the Holocaust, or suicide, or both.  An exception could be made for books about racism, provided several lynchings were described in technicolor.  Then, after we finished our assigned reading for the year, the school board would hold a workshop on what to do about rampant and debilitating dep … [Read more...]

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