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Foster Care Firsthand

I'm looking for blogs, books, articles or other materials written from the perspective of foster children or former foster children in the United States. I'm especially interested in those who aged out of foster care or who were adopted as older children/teens. [more inside]
posted by snarfles on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

 

An Ogre by any other name ...

Yet another asking for a friend book recommendation. Looking for teen / older tween books that are based in/around Florida, punny, humor-wordplay, fantasy based, not that usual go-to-guy. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

A is for Autopsy

My soon-to-be-17-year-old niece is interested in pursuing forensic science as a career. What are the best books on the subject that would both entertain and inform her? Fiction and non-fiction suggestions are welcome.
posted by Paris Elk on Nov 16, 2013 - 14 answers

What to do with teens on one-day visit to Manhattan?

I think I'll take my kids (18 yr. old daughter & her boyfriend; 16 yr. old son) down to NYC for just the day this Sunday. Kids have spent almost no time in NYC and not since they were little, so it's pretty much brand new to them. I only get to go about once every 5 years, so I'm not very familiar. Son is video game enthusiast, Minecraft, EDM, young for his age, geeky kid. Daughter likes everything and will be gung-ho no matter what we do. Neither of them is particularly into museums. I myself just like walking along the streets, taking in the sights, people-watching, window shopping. I'm thinking walking around in Central Park, maybe the zoo. Or maybe checking out the highline. But what else should we do with about 5 or 6 hours? Also, we're driving down, using a rental car. What's the best part of town to park in, and what kind of parking situation would be best?
posted by primate moon on Nov 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Get the teens talking.

What are some great conversation starting questions to ask young people over dinner? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me on Sep 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Underage Pedantry Threatens the Five Paragraph Essay

The kid reads. The kid writes. There's got to be a better way. [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas on Sep 4, 2013 - 8 answers

How to deal with harassment via iMessage?

Several people unknown to me (teenage girls, based on the content) have been group-texting me, an adult man, via iMessage sporadically over the past few months despite repeated explicit demands from me that they stop. How do I deal with this? At first it was just annoying but I am getting quite concerned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Creative parenting help needed

I would like suggestions regarding an age- and behavior-appropriate punishment for my 14-year old son. [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Jun 6, 2013 - 72 answers

teenage vigilantes

I'm revising a young adult novel that includes legal & police (sub)plotlines and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by changeling on May 22, 2013 - 18 answers

If no one tells you that you're fired, are you really fired?

My teenage daughter has her first job, but has apparently been fired yet no one told her or warned her. What can be done? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on May 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Current technology trends for teens?

Parents, teachers, and those who work with youth: can you give me a heads up about what websites you have noticed your teens using? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on May 6, 2013 - 14 answers

How many simple rules for dating my teenage daughter?

My 15-yo daughter has been dating a guy for about a year, has recently become sexually active with him, and we're moving toward getting her on hormonal birth control. The fact that she even came to me to talk about this is a minor miracle. How can I encourage a sex-positive attitude? What boundaries and limits, if any, should I establish? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on May 5, 2013 - 47 answers

Whitewater rafting in West Virginia

Does anyone have a recommendation for white water rafting excursions in West Virginia. Planning for the upcoming summer, with 2 parents and 4 teens, all beginners, but thrill seekers.
posted by Huron90 on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

What more can I do to help my teenage son?

My 15 year old son is in 9th grade. He is not doing well in math (he's always struggled). He has no real friends to speak of. He has no desire to try any sports or extracurricular activities. He just turned 15 and doesn't seem at all interested in getting his restricted drivers license. He doesn't seem at all depressed. He tends towards the quiet side, but on the right topic he talks alot. [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Jan 13, 2013 - 46 answers

Design help for 2 teens sharing a room

I have 2 teen boys who have to share a room but without bunk beds. We are a family of 6 that live in 3 bedroom home(all teen boys). The 2 that are sharing right now have been switched from their previous situation. They are 18 (college freshman) and 13. The problem is they are currently sleeping in a bunk bed (twin over full) but that's not working anymore.They've both complained about one moving too much or if one goes to sleep later the climbing into the bed is waking the other one up. Or vice versa when one has to get up much earlier then the other. Also one likes to read in bed and for some reason that causes a problem too. My thought was to place the beds on opposite sides of the room and create separate spaces. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Jan 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Pandora bracelets for my nieces, or ...?

Silver Pandora bracelets for teen nieces: Great idea, or old fogie fail? The girls are 14 and 16, in the US. Would this be something cool for them, or is there a new hotness along these lines that would more appreciated? (I'm working from thousands of miles, a different continent – and quite a few decades – away!) [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 10, 2012 - 32 answers

do young people print photos any more?

do young people (still) put up photographs in their rooms? [more inside]
posted by noway on Nov 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Employment resources for teens

The non-profit where I work runs an employment program for teens. I've been tasked with helping to come up with content for a facebook page for this program. We'll be posting info on local job opportunities, but I'm looking for more general resources on employment & education for teen audiences. Are there any good blogs or websites? Podcasts? Youtube channels? Books worth reading & recommending? Other sources for ongoing content? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Sep 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Are you my mother's pop cultural influence study?

Help me find a recent study about multi-generational taste being more similar! I remember seeing a blurb about a study (market research not academic) that millennial and their parents have more similar pop culture tastes. There was some clever term or acronym for it that spoke to the blurring of generational taste. And now I need it! [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Apr 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Are college/high school students rebooting their Facebook accounts when they look for jobs?

Has anyone rebooted their Facebook account? Do high school and college students delete, then restart, their Facebook accounts when they start looking for jobs? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Mar 28, 2012 - 17 answers

Does she stay or does she go?

18 year old daughter doesn't want to go on annual family vacation because of anxiety. How does a caring single parent work through this? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Feb 17, 2012 - 36 answers

Video Blogs for Teens

My 14 year old daughter loves to watch YouTube video blogs by Ryan Higa (Nigahiga) and Charlie McDonnell. She likes their humor, the fact that they're reasonably young & talented, and probably because they're both kind of cute. I'm looking for recommendations for similar video blogs for my daughter. They don't have to feature cute boys, but they should be appropriate for a young teen and shouldn't be vulgar, violent, or idiotic (as in "Fred"). Female video bloggers are welcomed, as long as they're not teaching beauty tips.
posted by kbar1 on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

How to keep daily family friction from escalating into end of the world drama daily?

How to keep daily family friction from escalating into end of the world drama daily? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Dec 31, 2011 - 16 answers

Why do asian girls love to hold each other's hands?

So many young Asian girls holding hands. Why? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Sep 7, 2011 - 30 answers

Lego event for teen youth group?

I'd like to create a fun, team-building event for my synagogue youth group (grades 8-12) revolving around the use of Legos. Any ideas on where to find pre-fab instructions (or a qualified, not-astronomically priced expert) for such an event? This idea was inspired by the Lego Serious Play site, but that seems way to business-speaky to be used out of the box. I'm thinking 90 minutes worth of building, with about 15 teens.
posted by ericbop on Aug 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Civil War History Road Trip (with teens) suggestions?

Two moms, three home-educated early-teen boys, planning a learning adventure for two weeks at the end of August. Driving north from South Florida, which civil war sites/events should we not miss? Also looking for great not-too-primitive tent camping. So far all we know for sure is that we want to check out Gettysburg. We want to make it educational, but awesome and fun for our not-too-fascinated kids. Your suggestions welcome!
posted by theplotchickens on Jul 13, 2011 - 25 answers

How to make hiking as family enjoyable for all

Hiking as a family (with 3 teens)-need help making it enjoyable for all. Any tips? The challenges I have had in the past are kids who want to sleep in so it is usually a hotter time of the day for hiking and I have noticed my DH likes to get way ahead of all of the rest of us and even takes different routes sometimes. It seems like the slower ones of our group have to hurry to catch up to the faster hikers. We are all in pretty good shape. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Jun 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Interfaith sci fi for 7th graders?

Looking for suggestions for a novel for Jewish/Christian 7th graders that explores religion-- extra points for sci fi! [more inside]
posted by akabobo on May 29, 2011 - 31 answers

Thats my daughter in the water

I recently found out I have a 13 year old daughter. Now what? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Apr 24, 2011 - 42 answers

Is 10,000 texts a month crazy?

Looking at my phone bill, I see my daughter, 18, is averaging over 10,000 texts/mo over the past five months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 - 75 answers

Why couldn't Miley Cyrus cover Pixies songs?

Please help me make a playlist of songs for youth (7 - 18 years old) that they will actually enjoy and not just a playlist of songs I think they should like instead. [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Jan 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Are there any good 'junior versions' of Metafilter?

Are there any good 'junior versions' of Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese on Jan 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me miss my son productively.

Please help me deal with the emotional fallout now that my son has moved out. [more inside]
posted by actuallyiam on Jan 6, 2011 - 19 answers

How should I approach my teen's possible cutting behavior?

Today while walking with my 13 year old daughter, I slipped my hand under her arm just to give her a little squeeze, and I discovered about a dozen thin superficial cuts on the inside of her left forearm, just below the elbow. I think I handled it wrong and I’m hoping someone has first hand experience to share with me. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Nov 20, 2010 - 25 answers

Adding one at the opposite end. 16 year old "adopted" daughter.

How do we "parent" a 16 year old girl? My family is taking in a 16 year old girl to be a new member of our family. She's an amazing young woman in a tough situation. No behavior or academic issues (I taught her in 8th grade, she babysits for us regularly), some emotional issues (most likely due to her environment). We're going to go through the process of temporary custody, so this is not a question about "the system" or "legality". This is a question of family dynamics. We have other children in the house who are super excited as well, but our oldest is 7 and we have no idea how to come up with rules, routines, and boundaries for a 16 year old. Of course we'll have to come up with what will work for us, but what kind of things should we be thinking about? We're already talking about curfew, bedtime!!!!?????, computer use, etc. What should we be thinking about that we might not be. Any help from those with teens or those who have adopted older kids would be appreciated.
posted by allthewhile on Nov 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Do safe online games exist?

My almost 13 year old daughter is bored with Yoville, Farmville, and other FB games. We're in search of free online games that allow her to design an avatar, compete for virtual prizes, and have moderated opportunities for interaction. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Sep 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Kids of the wood

Please help me compile a list of any thriller films that involve a group of unchaperoned kids/teens in the wilderness-- specifically stories where the kids are being pursued by bad guys in the woods. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Sep 7, 2010 - 20 answers

TV shows or movies that depicts teens having romantic relationships with adults?

I'm doing research for a book and I'm looking for tv shows or movies that depicts teens having relationships with adults. I have a partial list that includes: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, ONE TREE HILL, CALIFORNICATION, BORED TO DEATH, and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. I'm also looking for examples of teens talking about sodomy e.g. NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE and National Lampoon's PLEDGE THIS. Thanks!
posted by lrnarabic on Aug 30, 2010 - 49 answers

Send them back to school. Can't think anymore.

Please help me come up with a reasonable comprehensive list for back-to-school wardrobe requirements for 16 year old boy, and 13 and 12 year old girls, living in New England and doing their laundry once a week. [more inside]
posted by maloon on Aug 10, 2010 - 12 answers

How to outfit a homeless puppy and her owners?

Please help me put together a care package for a homeless puppy and her young owners. [more inside]
posted by mrsshotglass on Jul 3, 2010 - 10 answers

More Gifts of the Magi?

My snarky teens could use some inspiration, ideally from literature. I'm a middle school teacher who works with students with various disabilities (physical, emotional, etc.) and beginning next year, we'll be doing a morning "read aloud" for the kids. [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Jun 21, 2010 - 9 answers

California eye roll

Planning our vacation to California for the end of August and looking for suggestions on what will impress our 16 y.o. son and 13 and 12 y.o. daughters. We'll fly in to LA and out San Francisco, or vice-versa, and rent a vehicle for the week. So far, Alcatraz and Universal are on the list, but I'm not sure what other plans to make. What can you recommend?
posted by maloon on Jun 18, 2010 - 28 answers

Seeking damage control ideas for pot smoking parents

What can a mom do to ease her 12, 13 & 15 year old's heavy hearts and worried minds after they discover that she and their dad like to smoke pot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2010 - 45 answers

80s movie. Lingering memory.

I can't remember this movie from the 80s. I can remember a few fleeting details. Stupid getting old. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Apr 9, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I best parent a "developing" teenage girl?

How does a (divorced, remarried, half-custodial) Dad deal with his preteen daughters' impending, um, physical maturation? Not to put too fine a point on it, but if body shape is at all inherited, they're going to be very curvy soon. How can I help prepare them emotionally for how this will change things, and help them adjust when it does? How do *I* prepare and adjust? (No shotgun jokes please).
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 - 43 answers

Raising pre-teens really IS hell

I need help sorting out if my son is behaving like a typical pre-teen or if he completely flipped the hell out. My oldest son turned 12 a couple months ago and now I have no idea who this child is. I'm at a loss to know what's normal for this age and what I should be concerned about. Books and the Internet are all over the map, so maybe the hive mind can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 67 answers

What music should I play at the teen Halloween dance?

I've volunteered to DJ a teen Halloween dance/costume event sponsored by the library I work at, and held at the local art museum. Unfortunately, I didn't quite think about what that meant in terms of music, and now I'm stumped as to what kinds of music I should bring. My usual DJ sets are electronic and ambient music, and (NOT TOP40-IST) I never listen to the radio so I'm blissfully ignorant of what teh kidz are listening to these days. What should I play at this dance that your average teen is going to like? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Sep 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Mommy I'm twelveteen now!

Why are the teen numbers (13-19) named differently than the rest of the numbers, and what's up with eleven and twelve? [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Sep 5, 2009 - 33 answers

Looking for movies with stock comic characters!

I'm directing a farce with a bunch of high-schoolers, and would love to give them some movie suggestions to look at for characters. They are pretty classic comic archetypes, but my brain is reeling a bit trying to think of all of them, and though I'd put it out to the hive mind. The only catch is that I can't really suggest any R-Rated movies, because most of them aren't old enough to watch them... [more inside]
posted by rawredmeat on Mar 13, 2009 - 22 answers

what canadian tv show is this?

looking for a particular show that was broadcast in canada [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jan 18, 2009 - 4 answers

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