It is TIme to Change the College Application Process
It is high time that the process of applying to college changed! It is so ridiculous to me that every US family with a college-bound junior in high school takes the same path - trying to identify the 10 colleges (out of 3,500) that will be the per...
Is Character as Important as Grades?
Hooligans, vandals, and violent teens beware - your "pranks," and unsocial behavior may cost you admission to the college of your choice!As we have effectively raised the bar for students, many of today's college applicants have an "A" average, mu...
Sleep, Depression and Suicide
According to a study by researchers at Columbia University, teens whose parents let them go to bed past midnight were 24 percent more likely to be depressed and 20 percent more likely to have contemplated suicide than peers whose parents set bedti...
Preteen PMS - What is a Parent To Do?
Recently I have had several conversations with parents who are just at their wits end with preteens who seem to be experiencing PMS symptoms before they are actually having periods. Their 11- and 12-year old daughters are having headaches or extre...
Grand Rounds 6.13: Coming Together
It Is Back-To-School Time!
Whether we like it or not, it is time to let our teens go back to school. Most years this is a sad time for me, reflecting a huge reduction of time spent with my kids fooling around during lazy summer days, but not this year. I am welcoming the sc...
School-Based Mentoring Programs
Due to the findings of previous research, and the common sense notion that children benefit from additional adult support, it is commonly believed that well-implemented mentoring programs can help youth be successful, and there are about 870,000 y...
Peaceful Meditation for Parents of Teens
I am learning that as our children get older, it gets harder and harder to really know what is best for them. When they are small, it is so easy - walking in front of cars, bad; touching hot stove, bad; gentle hands, good; pinching, bad; memorizin...
Gen Y Employees Not Engaged?
Results from a global study by Blessing White called "The State of Employee Engagement 2008" reported that Generation Y employees are the least engaged in the workplace on four continents. In North America, the report suggests that only one out of...
Grand Rounds 3.36: Thank You
I want to thank Colin Son at Medskool for hosting Grand Rounds 3.36 this week and including my post about why people have unprotected sex. This week really included a wide variety of information!Photo credit: web_guy94301