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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…

Saying good-bye to my team

Look at the picture below. They look like some random group of ordinary people, don’t they? They vary in age, background, marital status, sexual orientation, interests, hobbies … they’re a motley crew. They’re some of the members of the team of teachers at the International School Groningen; the picture was taken at our end-of-year staff…

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…

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…