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“Facebook Parenting: For the Troubled Teen” Creates Quite a Stir on YouTube

facebook parenting screen shot from viral videoA new video is gaining a lot of attention on YouTube. The video, called “Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen,” features a dad who is quite upset with something his daughter posted to Facebook.

In the video, the father, Tommy, reads a letter that his daughter, Hannah, posted to Facebook a few days ago. In the letter, Hannah rants about all of the chores her parents ask her to do…and by rant, I do mean rant. The video drags along for the first six minutes as Tommy reads the letter and expresses how upset he is about what Hannah wrote.

To be fair to Tommy, Hannah was very disrespectful towards her parents and used language that is not acceptable. Many kids today do feel too entitled and it does not make sense that a child should be paid because she is asked to help her family. I agree with almost everything Tommy says up until about the seventh-minute of the film. However, this is when things get a little too crazy for me.

At this time, Tommy gets out of his chair, shows us Hannah’s laptop, and proceeds to put nine bullets in the laptop from his shotgun. This seems like a bit of an over-reaction to me. If Tommy wanted to take her computer away from her and sell it, I’d be perfectly okay with that. However, he is acting immaturely and his actions are not any better than what Hannah wrote on Facebook. Instead, I think Tommy should have reacted in a more mature way by setting Hannah down, telling her what she did was hurtful and disrespectful, and then punishing her by taking away her computer and grounding her. By destroying her computer, he is reacting in a childish way that is just going to perpetuate the battle that is going on between them.

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How to Ask Your Parents for Money

Whether your college job isn’t cutting it, or you spent a little too much here and there, it’s time to ask your parents for money. You’re probably dreading that uncomfortable experience.

Unless you plan to go to a bank or a money shop, you will eventually have to discuss your finances with your parents. Read below, and find out ways to better handle that conversation.

Decide if you’re asking for a loan or a gift first, and be sure you know what you’re asking for before you meet with your parents. If you are indeed asking for a gift, make sure you say so.  Don’t ask for a loan if  you have know intention of paying them back.

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Home Schooling is on the Rise in the U.S.

With the constant scrutiny that public schools are facing, there are a lot of concerns from parents. Many want to make sure their child or children have the best education possible, and a lot of public schools are not meeting the minimum state requirements. For those that cannot afford a private school education, home schooling has become a very attractive alternative.

According to CNN, the number of home schooled students has risen 74 percent since 1999. There have recently been some positive developments with schools improving their graduation rates and strengthening their curriculum. Some parents decided years ago to home school because of the public school curriculum lacking in certain areas and are sticking with it.

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Parents Possibly Jailed for Missing School Conferences

male teacherEducation is under fire in our country. Many students are falling behind and the education system is facing a lot of criticism. Teachers are dealing with overcrowded classrooms and, in some cases, unruly students. Many parents blame teachers for underachieving students but questions fly on what responsibility parents hold.

Teachers have a hard time doing their job when parents don’t take an interest in their child’s education. One Detroit prosecutor wants to hold parents responsible. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy has proposed that parents who miss their child’s parent-teacher conferences serve jail time.

Worthy’s rash proposal is to call attention to the direct link in youth crimes and parental education involvement. If children don’t feel like their parents care about their education, they also don’t take an interest and turn to crime as a way to get attention. Read the rest of this entry »



Mom Sent Son to School With Gun to Ward Off Bullies

bullyTeen suicides in response to humiliating bullying from their peers have been headlining many local news reports, causing parents great concern for their children’s safety at school. The topic of bullying has received so much media attention that many celebrities, and even President Obama, have taped video messages encouraging teenagers across America to be brave and rise above the taunting.

But Connecticut 38 year-old mother Sylvia Mojica’s fear for her son’s life may have put her in the slammer. Mojica reportedly sent her 12 year-old son to school with a knife and a BB gun to apparently ward off school bullies.

The Hartford police have charged her with risking injury to a minor and she is presumed to be in court on Friday, October 29, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »





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