Teen Spending: Status Report

Kids are subjected to as many as 5,000 ads a day, according to Nathan Dungan, financial educator and founder of Share Save Spend. “Companies play on kids’ insecurities and their need to belong,” he says. Kids have become walking billboards with sports and designer...

The LGBT Factor
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) kids are prime targets for bullying. Eight out of 10 reported being verbally or physically harassed in the past year because of their sexual orientation, according to the 2011 National School Climate survey of 6th to 12th grade students. “Eighteen... 
  
Blended Families
With the U.S. divorce rate hovering at 50 percent, it’s not surprising that the blended family is the most prevalent type in America. A blended family refers to a husband and wife bringing their own biological children into a new marriage (remember the Brady Bunch?) or a single person marrying...    
Their First Car

The type of car you choose for your newly licensed teen may be the single most important decision you make for your child. “The very riskiest time for your child is when they first begin to drive without you in the car,” says Anne McCartt, senior vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway...


Lead by Example
You’re sprawled out on the couch, one hand on the TV remote channel surfing and the other hand digging into a half-empty bag of potato chips in between swigs of cola. You tell your teenage daughter to get off Facebook and go exercise like her athletic older brother. She continues to... 
Pursuit of Perfection
“My thighs are too fat. My abs aren’t ripped enough. My body is too hairy. My face has too many zits.” Comments like these are typical of kids who are going through puberty and worried about fitting in. Body dissatisfaction among America’s youth has become so widespread that... 
Having the 'Talk'
Talking about sex can make even the most self-assured parent feel embarrassed and tongue-tied, but starting the conversation early on can make it a natural ongoing dialogue, instead of a dreaded one-time lecture. Eighty percent of teens say having more open, honest talks with their parents...
   

All stories written by Angela Ambrose and first published in MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids) award-winning magazine (www.maskmatters.org). Angela is the feature writer for MASK. .

Balancing Act 
Twenty or thirty years ago, playing sports meant running around with the kids in the  neighborhood and playing catch, shooting hoops or riding bikes. Usually the only restriction you had was getting home before the streetlights turned on. Today, having hours of free, unstructured playtime is...      
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