In 2009, I wrote my first article about teens and technology. The focus, which, in retrospect is quite humorous, was on texting. More specifically, the article let parents know that texting has replaced talking, and that a couple of thousand monthly texts is the new norm. Now, texting is the least of our parental misunderstandings, as social media has created an entirely new way for kids (and adults) to communicate.
Many of you who watched the Super Bowl may have noticed the thought-provoking ad by Nationwide Insurance, in which a young boy imagines all the things he’ll never get to do. There was much discussion about the appropriateness of this commercial. Personally and professionally, I would like to thank Nationwide for creating and running the spot.
Story: Lucy is a typical, 4-year-old girl. She enjoys playing with her dolls and arranging tea parties for pretend friends, but she’s a little frustrated that she can’t yet read. She’s annoyed, too, when her single mom Sookie shows her two different dresses and asks her which one looks better for a date with a new guy.
Anticipation is building for this spring’s high school proms: Teens are asking their dates and making plans with friends, selecting the perfect dresses and tuxes, and looking forward to celebrating classic traditions and making unique new memories at some of the area’s most stunning venues. Here, some local high schools share what’s in store for this year’s special night.
Much like a wedding day or the senior year of high school, the prom is becoming a special time in a young person’s life worth capturing with professional photography.
Her spark was fading—that’s what Kathy Boyd-Fenger says brought her to Logos School.
Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
If you have (or know) a teenager, then you probably realize said teen by definition was born after 1995. So, while we adults might have thought a telegraph or a gramophone was a puzzling antique, our teens quirk a brow at a rotary phone or... paper. That startlingly recent DOB also means a lot a lot of incredible films hit theaters before they hit the maternity ward. Now, not every great film can capture the attention of a teenager. So, with that in mind, and with the help of three teenagers of my own (and a few of their friends), I have compiled a list of 20 'classic' movies you should watch with your teen.
How many selfies did you take during the holidays? The habit of sharing photos of ourselves online and wanting to look our best when doing so may be one factor driving some of the latest trends in cosmetic surgery.
Imagine petting a porcupine, hiking with a llama or even teaching a parrot to talk. Kids can experience these animal interactions and more at Cub Creek Science Camp.
We thought we left it behind in adolescence, but it’s back! Acne isn’t just a teenager’s problem.
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
Looking for the perfect something for all the special people in your life? From gifts for grandma to surprises for your sweetheart, we scouted out beautiful items for everyone on your list!
I still can’t figure out exactly how Michael Henderson did it. It is one of the most incredible pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, never-say-die, never-surrender, life-changing stories I’ve ever heard.
First Lady Michelle Obama presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Teens Make History, a local program that encourages students to develop professional skills, build self-confidence and explore history.
On Max (left): Thomas Dean shirt, $65, Crescent Coast. Ragazzo Uomo pants, $64, Robert’s Fine Apparel for Boys to Men.
On Danielle (center): Lilly Pulitzer dress, $188; necklace, $258, Pink Magnolia.
On Alec (right): Polo Boys sweater ($58) and shirt ($45), Robert’s Fine Apparel for Boys to Men. Southern Tide pants, $120, Crescent Coast.
First lady Michelle Obama with Amesha Payne and Elizabeth Pickard
This month, instead of offering advice, I’m going to ask for your input. But first, a little background: began my first practice more than 34 years ago in a small southeast Missouri town. When my patients needed me outside of office hours, they called me at home; my number was in the book. On rare occasions, they just dropped by my house, as my address was listed, too. I had an answering machine to direct callers when I was not 'on call,' and when I was on call, my wife was my answering service. I attended every complicated delivery, met my patients in the emergency department, and made rounds twice daily on the many patients I admitted to the local hospital. There were no 'hospitalists.' There were no urgent-care centers or walk-in clinics. (And Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet.)
When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
His skills are far beyond your wildest imagination: By day, he dons a black T-shirt and shorts as a personal trainer; by night, he can be found in wigs, tights, capes, feathers and mirrors. Meet Leo Stoff, one of the most versatile performance artists in St Louis, who excels in trick-roping, stilt-walking, aerial silks and Japanese Taiko drumming.
Story: Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending three weeks following her high school graduation in 1963 with her sister and parents at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It’s her physician father’s first vacation in quite a while, and it’s Baby’s time to relax as well before heading off to college at Mount Holyoke, where she plans to get an education in economics before joining the Peace Corps and helping change the world.