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Need tips for teenager making pre-move connections in LA area

My son and I are moving to the LA area (specifically Alhambra) from northern Michigan in a few months. He's 14 and I'd like to take whatever steps I can to smooth the transition for him. Toward that end, does anyone in the area (or elsewhere) have any ideas as to how he could start making local/neighborhood connections/friends before we move? I've searched for online clubs, etc., but haven't found much (and those can be questionable anyway). Any advice is appreciated - thank you!
posted by slugg0h on Sep 11, 2015 - 7 answers

My nephew wishes to join the Army straight out of high school.

I wish to suggest other paths to him. Help me be a good aunt to him! [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Aug 31, 2015 - 23 answers

Parents of teens: would you allow co-ed sleepovers?

Ok go easy on me, this is my first question ever. My super responsible 14yo daughter wants to have a couple of boy friends stay the night along with a couple of girls. [more inside]
posted by CanyonWren on Jul 7, 2015 - 57 answers

Detroit in small bites

In a week, I'll be heading to Detroit with a few high schoolers as part of my denomination's Youth Gathering. With over 30,000 Lutherans heading to town, my people will be everywhere. However most of our events start after 12 noon, which will leave me and the youth with mornings to kill. What in Downtown Detroit should we see? Where should we eat? What shouldn't two 16 year old guys miss?
posted by Stynxno on Jul 5, 2015 - 10 answers

How can we be an excellent foreign exchange host family?

We're in the U.S. and will have an 11th grader from France with us for the upcoming school year. Never hosted before or been exchange students ourselves. We have 2 kids, one of them the same age as the student. We've done the agency's orientation, but what tips do you have for making our young man feel at home and helping him get the most out of his time with us?
posted by lakeroon on Jun 18, 2015 - 17 answers

The Feminist sexually active man- a reading list?

I'm making up my spring and summer reading list for a new project and I need books that look at the concepts of masculinity, dating and sex (for boys/men) written from a feminist perspective. Specifically, books that tackles the following subjects: Gender and sexuality spectrums, dating and relationships (anti Game stuff), teenage boy/young men psychology, parenting feminist boys, sex education, whatever, the whole deal. Ideally, I'd like more academic texts- but give me anything you like. Even things that you think are tangentially related or reading list links that you think might fall in line. Thanks!
posted by Blisterlips on Apr 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Dramatic irony in movies and TV shows currently popular with teens?

I'm looking for examples of dramatic irony (where the audience knows something that the character doesn't know) to illustrate the concept to a 9th grade literature class. I'd prefer examples from TV shows or movies that they are likely to have seen recently, although popular books might be OK, too.
posted by bardophile on Apr 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Books or other media about feminism specifically for boys

My 15-year-old nephew has become interested in social movements, and as teenagers do, he's positioned himself against a few. I want him to have some facts that he can understand. Is there a book about feminism written specifically for boys? One that includes history plus arguments, both pro and con?
posted by goofyfoot on Feb 20, 2015 - 18 answers

Are rock concerts safe for early teens?

My 13-year-old, eighth-grade daughter wants to go to see Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia next month with a girlfriend the same age. Assuming that a parent drops them off and picks them up, is this safe? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Feb 6, 2015 - 46 answers

Kids these days

What is the best fiction that accurately portrays the thoughts and lives of teenagers or young adults in 2014? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jan 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Holiday Road

Where can a family of four Floridians drive to have a fun vacation? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Christmas gift for Columbian guests

My family is hosting a teenage girl who is an orphan from Columbia for Christmas eve. She is here with one of my sisters as part of a Catholic Charities and KidSave program which helps older kids to network with people to look for potential adoption candidates. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me turn my son from Pigpen to a presentable young adult.

My 19 yr old son has poor hygiene and it's impacting his job prospects. What steps can I take to motivate him to clean up his act? [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme on Dec 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Why were people so scared of "juvenile delinquents" in the 1950s?

I've been fascinated with 1950s-1960s stuff for a long time, and for just as long I've accepted that people back then were fascinated with evil, misbehaving youth, and indeed thought that "JDs" were a Huge Problem in Society (i.e. West Side Story, Blackboard Jungle, or Rebel Without A Cause). [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Sep 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Unusual birthday presents for 15 year old boy

We're stumped. He's turning 15 and our budget is $100. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Aug 21, 2014 - 41 answers

Tell me again why teenagers shouldn't be having sex.

My 15-yr old daughter recently told me she has been having sex with her boyfriend of 10 months (also 15 y.o.) [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce on Jul 28, 2014 - 78 answers

Where to watch the World Cup Final in Baltimore? Difficulty: Teens

I have tickets with my cousin and his kids (14/16 years old) to go to the Orioles game at 8:05pm on Sunday. But we also want to watch the World Cup Final somewhere first. Where would we be able to watch the game, with the teenagers in tow, so that we can get from there to Camden Yards easily/quickly? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jul 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Teenage nephew making anti-women comments

My 15 year old nephew has been saying some negative comments about women that make me a little concerned. How should I respond to him? Do I mention it to his parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2014 - 32 answers

TV viewing recs - teenage kid visiting his middle-aged relatives

Our 17 year old cousin is coming to visit. He comes from a sheltered environment, not allowed to watch TV at home, and they don't have wifi. We'd like to enjoy some really good TV together. I'm looking for good quality shows that are sophisticated and fun, with minimal romantic/sexual content. On the kid's last visit, he really enjoyed the Firefly and Justified series. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Jul 7, 2014 - 62 answers

Seeking Parenting Support Group in Seattle

My sister is a mother of twin girls, 14 years old. Just this year one began engaging in "NSSI" (cutting herself) the other was found to be having a sexualized, online affair with a 19 year old girl. [more inside]
posted by uhom on Jun 5, 2014 - 6 answers

The kid has a birthday coming up! Help me weasel out of her plan!

My step-daughter's 16th birthday is right around the corner. Like, 8 days away. We always ask her what she wants to do on her birthdays and usually she comes up with something like renting out a place to play laser tag or going to the water park or whatever and we are more than happy to give that to her and she invites friends and there is food and drink and merriment and Huzzah! This year, it could go bad. I need some help! [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 2, 2014 - 34 answers

Explaining a Dress Code to 87 Holden Caufields

I'm a principal at a therapeutic high school and my students are railing against our school dress code now that the warmer weather is here. What's happening is that female students will be approached by female staff and the males vice versa, they are told their clothing is in violation of the school dress code, and they are given an opportunity to change/cover up. If the student refuses to comply with the dress code, they serve an in-school detention during lunch. If it happens twice, parents are called. But the kids are revolting. Literally. And in every sense of the word. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 16, 2014 - 55 answers

What I'm With isn't It

Need sugqgestions for loud, aggressive, violent music that is contemporary (2014). I have a great back catalogue of stuff from ten and twenty years ago, but nothing from this decade. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Apr 7, 2014 - 12 answers

The kids are alright (if they eat properly)

Where online can I find videos about healthy eating for kids aged 12-13? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot on Feb 25, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I forgive myself for something I did as a teenager?

When I was 15, I was extremely cruel to a friend and sabotaged our very special relationship. I was crazy and didn't really understand what I had done until college. When I finally "got it" too late, I wrote him a letter to apologize, but he never responded. 10 years later, suddenly the guilt is flooding back again big-time... [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Dec 17, 2013 - 49 answers

We can just drive around Brooklyn!

Help! My brother and his many children (ranging from 4 - 19 in age) are heading up to visit from PA right now. They live in Illinois, and spent Thanksgiving with other relatives. They are only coming for the day, and when I asked what they wanted to do, my brother said "we can just drive around and see Brooklyn". [more inside]
posted by catrae on Nov 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Videos or Articles About Adult Opinions of Teenagers

I'm going to have my students create a mixed-media project that shows what it's like to be a teenager now, and I'd like to start the project with some videos or articles that show the stereotypical way that adults view teenagers. The more offensive and stereotype-laden the better, and bonus points for fear-mongering oh-noes-the-death-of-civilisation-at-the-hands-of-teens. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 24, 2013 - 9 answers

San Francisco for teenagers.

My younger brother, a rising senior in high school, will be visiting me in the Bay Area next week. We will have 2-3 days to spend in the city (really, any place accessible by Caltrain). I need an itinerary of fun places to check out. The main criteria are that anything you recommend should be easily accessible by public transport, not too remote, and also immediately spectacular for teenage boys and other people without particular interests. Yes: museums with minimal reading, weird architecture, cable cars, great views, robots and video games, and so on. No: major league sports, "funky boutiques," "must-eat restaurants." The rest of our week will be mostly spent outdoors, so indoors is OK. Thanks for suggestions!
posted by Nomyte on Aug 19, 2013 - 36 answers

What are some alternatives to going to college?

What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Aug 10, 2013 - 38 answers

Need a game idea for a game programming workshop for young teens

I've got 5 three-hour sessions (over a week) to introduce a group of 11-17 year-olds to game development. I need some ideas for a game we could create in this workshop. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jul 3, 2013 - 8 answers

A rising HS senior is foundering in search of post-high-school options.

My younger brother is an unimpressive student who doesn't show much evidence of being able to apply himself. His grades are B's and C's pretty much across the board in both the sciences and humanities. He wasn't making much progress at sports or with a musical instrument, and after a year or two his motivation fades. I have provided him with learning tools for some technical computery stuff, but that hasn't really been paying off either. He likes drawing and sketching, but not intensely, and the complexity of 3D and animation quickly turned him off. Generally, he likes hanging out with friends, riding bikes, watching TV, and playing video games. But what the hell is he going to be doing a year from now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2013 - 50 answers

Summer Jobs/Activities For an Almost Sixteen Year Old?

My wife's son lives with us for 2 months during the summer (July 1st - August 30th) in San Diego. He is 15 1/2, too young to get a McMinimum wage franchise job at In-N-Out or Target and a bit too old/mature for 'camp'. Would love some suggestions on what, on earth, this child is going to do for 2 months. What did you do during your summer before Junior year? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Jun 11, 2013 - 43 answers

Help me buy a sports jacket for a 16 yr. old boy

A friend (single mom) relays that her 16 yr. old son has asked for a sports jacket. He also just joined a gym. This is great news, as he never before seemed interested in hair, clothes, looks in general. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on May 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Pre-marriage counseling is fine. But how committed is he?

It's been a few months after my fiance proposed and he made plans to move in with me and my 15-year-old son this summer. As predicted, my son began acting up, basically in the form of talking back and being a little rude to me in front of the fiance, who comes here every weekend. It's important to note my son does not act this way when it's the 2 of us and I completely understand what's going on and we're talking to someone. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Perfect Model Mix

I want to make a mix CD for my niece who is an aspiring model. What should be on it? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Mar 16, 2013 - 37 answers

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Our teenage son's voice is so low and hoarse that none of us can hear it. [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Mar 11, 2013 - 20 answers

10 degrees of latitude south

GiftFilter: Gifts for an outdoorsy teenager trapped in the burbs. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Dec 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me change the life of a teenager

I have my teenage nephew for a week. We can go anywhere. I'd like to change his life. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Dec 13, 2012 - 39 answers

this one time? at my mom's house?

Should I let my kids' girlfriends sleep at our house? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Sep 7, 2012 - 60 answers

Wie sind die Roboter.

Basic programming using C++ from the ground up, high school edition. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.

My younger brother has just finished tenth grade. His math teacher was a martinet. His math teacher next year might turn out to be one too. How can I help my brother cope with this kind of instructor? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 13, 2012 - 21 answers

What should we do after our troubled teenager has sex with her teacher?

So our teenage daughter slept with her married teacher. Not as much of a disaster as usual with her, but advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 79 answers

Movies for smart teenagers?

Hi, all. I'm looking for recommendations as to the movies that a group of smart, liberal teens ought to be shown. [more inside]
posted by Myca on Apr 12, 2012 - 66 answers

Enrichment and internships for a high-schooler in Rochester, NY.

My younger brother, a high-school sophomore, is asking about internships and other interesting opportunities for people his age in Rochester, NY. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

How can my teenage son improve his dating/friend making skills?

How can my teenage son improve his dating/friend making skills? [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Feb 16, 2012 - 35 answers

Contest gifts for teenagers?

What would be a good participant gift for a high school or college-aged student? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Feb 2, 2012 - 2 answers

help with son who has school refusal

I have a 14yrs old who does not do any homework or work at school. He also does not cooperate with me on any matter. I want to take him to the psychiatrist to find out if he has depression, anxiety disorder, or ADD but he refuses to go. He does not want to go to school either. I called the juvenile office and was told that they would not accept him unless he commits a crime. The hospital cannot admit anyone forcefully. The ambulance will not come out to my house to pick him up to take him to the psychiatric hospital unless he threatens to kill himself. The school does not want to deal with him either. I don't know what rights I have as a parent. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by bossanova on Jan 3, 2012 - 89 answers

Germany & France with Teenagers and Kids

Just starting to plan a trip to France (mainly Paris) and Germany (mainly Munich) with three kids ages 17, 14, and 11. We're from the US and do not speak German or French. We've done Europe before, but never these countries. We will go in June of 2012. I need resources so I can research the heck out of this thing. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Nov 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Dealing with Unruly Youth

I was harassed by some teenagers on the street and kicked one of them, how could I have handled this better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2011 - 85 answers

I like my protagonists teenage and depressed.

I'm looking for novels or movies that feature teenage protagonists suffering from depression, schizoid tendencies or similar psychological defects. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Sep 9, 2011 - 48 answers

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