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An instruction manual for deodorant use

For all our sakes, please pass this on to the teenagers and young adults in your life! Antiperspirants are designed to prevent you from sweating under your arms and, unless you are taking part in active sports or it is sweltering hot, they do the job quite well. Notice that I said prevent. That implies…

On hearing “F**king Jew!”

That title caught your attention, didn’t it? Let me explain… I was talking to a teenager the other day – if you’ve read this blog before, you know I spend a lot of time with teenagers, both at home and at school – and he said something that shocked me to the core. He was…

The Silence of the Teenagers

Last year I wrote a post called “7 Things my Son Says,” which listed pretty much the only seven things my 15-year-old son says. Until this week, I thought this was a boy thing; my daughter, now 21, was always talkative and willing to tell me about her day in great detail. This year my son…

Is your teenager having sex?

  Teenage sexuality has been a frequent topic of conversation lately with my friends and colleagues who have teenage or nearly-teenage children. We immigrants to the Netherlands are confronted with an attitude toward sex that is very different than we’re used to. That difference can be, frankly, shocking at first, and forces us to confront…

The public-private privacy divide

Tell me your age and I’ll tell you how much you care about privacy. Okay, perhaps it’s not as clear-cut as that sentence indicates, but there’s certainly a correlation. I have two Facebook identities. One is personal: out of concern for my own privacy, I’ve limited everything I’ve posted there to be seen only by…

Teasing or bullying?

[:en]What’s the difference between “Kids can be mean,” or “He was just teasing,” and serious, long-term harmful bullying?[:]

My son, at the computer, gaming.

Is Gaming Bad for You?

I just saw a very thought-provoking video clip. I don’t know who made this video, but the description of how adults would react to books comes from a book called Everything Bad is Good for You, by Steven Johnson. The video is only a minute and a half long, and I’d like to respond to it, so please…

Smelly teenage boys

I was walking across campus at the secondary school where I teach the other day, when I passed a rather nondescript group of teenage boys. This is something I would generally completely ignore. If they’re kids I know, I say hello, of course, but otherwise, I just walk on by. But this time I noticed…

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