Why are so many adolescents so anxious?

Why is Adolescent Anxiety Spiking?

Last week The New York Times ran a huge (even by New York Times’ standards) article on adolescent anxiety. It was scary yet familiar. Stories I’d heard from friends and acquaintances suddenly fit into a framework. Their young loved ones live in fear of the world. You’ll recall that a week or so ago I […]

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Turning Church Volunteering into a Crime: For Shame, Indiana

Zach Anderson’s tale is terrifying. It could happen to almost any of our sons, and even our daughters (like Shawna). At least, in Indiana it could. To recap: After Zach, 19 at the time, met a girl on the app “Hot or Not,” they had consensual sex and went their separate ways, he back to his […]

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******UPDATE: HEARING POSTPONED******* Zach Anderson, Arrested for Consensual Teen Sex, Could Face Prison for Eating Two Slices of Pizza at His Parents’ House with a Minor Present

UPDATE: Zach’s hearing, scheduled for Weds., Oct. 18, has been postponed until further notice. Zach Anderson, the young man from Elkart, IN, whose harsh punishment for consensual teen sex made headlines around the country in 2015, has been arrested for two violations of probation. What, exactly, did he do? He had dinner at his parents’ […]

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Why Are Millennials So Afraid of Freedom? I Think We Know

An extremely insightful and rather frightening op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times looks at why Millennials are “so wary of freedom.” It’s by Clay Routledge, a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, and it cites stats about how the younger generation is less convinced that democracy or free speech are good ideas.  This […]

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School Warns of Talking Drone Flying Over Playground, Luring Children

When the telegraph was first invented, it was so strange and new, people worried it would disrupt the world’s weather patterns. And as I learned at a dinner last night with (name drop!) Nadine Strossen, former head of the ACLU, when the internet was in its infancy, the government demanded grand censorship powers, to protect […]

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Watch Out for Those Dangerous Marching Bands

  In Chester County, PA, kids will no longer get the chance to scramble for candy tossed from floats at the annual Halloween parade because suddenly the local tradition is too dangerous. According to The Daily Local News, Parks & Rec director Keith Kurowski “was fearful that one of about 25 parade floats might injure an unattended […]

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