One of the stories in our September issue that’s near and dear to my heart as the both the mother if a 15-year-old and the editor of this magazine is about how important it is to distinguish between bullying and drama. The idea for our story, Is it Bullying or Drama, grew out of an interview I did with Emily Bazelon about her must-read book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. The whole issue of bullying is difficult to deal […]
Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. were born in another country and came here in search of a better life. One of these immigrants is Jessica, the inspirational focus of our September issue’s Different Like You feature. When she was in second grade, Jessica immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with her mother. Jessica’s transition wasn’t easy. It took her a long time for her to adjust to her new home, which included learning a new language and making new friends. Her mom struggled too—to find work and affordable […]
It’s that time again—back to school! We know that this is a very exciting and very busy time for all of you and the September issue of Choices is here to help you with the transition. As with every issue, we cover a range of topics that we think you’ll love. From healthy foods that will help keep teens on their toes to advice on how to deal with drama in school, this issue is packed with unbelievable advice. Here’s a list of the stories we’re most excited about—we can’t wait […]
I’ve had a severe shellfish allergy for almost my entire life. Lucky for me, shrimp cocktail isn’t a classic treat for school birthday celebrations, and lobster isn’t used to make a common frying oil. But still, every time I order food, I have to tell the restaurant about my allergy. Every time I eat at a buffet, I have to be sure that the tongs I’m using weren’t just used to pick up a crab cake. It becomes normal, but it’s scary living a life where every meal is potentially […]
Every teenager—no wait—every human should watch this speech which Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations Youth Assembly on ‘Malala Day,’ her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago, the Pakistani teenager was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education. But that just made her stronger. Her call to action is an inspiration to us all. Malala will change the world. To read her speech go here and to watch an excellent documentary about this amazing young woman go here.
That was the question posed, just a few months ago, by writer Jennifer Senior in her exhaustive cover story on the possibly “corrosive” effects of high school for New York magazine. And to be completely honest, it’s still got us scratching our heads! In the article, the author summarizes the current science on adolescent development and high school socialization to try to tease out the true impact of the teenage years—and to understand why such a short span of our personal history has such lasting psychological importance. And while no […]
There’s a new approach in the fight against bullies—ticketing their parents. In Monona, Wisconsin, moms and dads whose kids repeatedly bully others can now be ticketed by police and fined in municipal court. This approach is part of a broader anti-bullying ordinance passed May 20 by the Monona City Council, in response to a general concern about bullying, school shootings, and teen suicides. Monona Police Chief Wally Ostrenga says that these tickets will be given sparingly, and only if the parents are proving to be uncooperative. A first violation carries […]