Today's Teens Are Better People Than the Rest of Us

by ParentCo. February 12, 2016

This must-read article from Vox explains exactly why today's teens are better humans than the rest of us losers. It's true. Today's teens smoke fewer cigarettes, do less binge drinking, have less sex, and use more contraception than any other teens in the last 40 years. Analyzing the data of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, administered biennially by the CDC since 1991, the statistics are clear: despite the perennial elder complaint that DAMN KIDS THESE DAYS are no good, indeed they're actually really good. Yup. Go ahead, go see for yourself. Select your birth year and watch the comparative statistics adjust accordingly. Then, make a list of every teenager you've ever written off as a no-good-sex-crazed-drunken-apathetic-slacker, and get started on your apologies.
Source: Vox, CDC



Also in Conversations

women doing workout
5 Ways Working Out Makes Me a More Fit Parent

by Cheryl Maguire

Exercise helps me be a better mom. I often apply the wisdom of the phrases I hear when I'm working out to the many parenting challenges I encounter.

Continue Reading

woman sitting looing sad
My Only New Year’s Resolution Is to Be Kinder to Myself

by ParentCo.

I now know there are steps I can take to change how I think, to find the true me again. That is why I am going to take better care of myself this year. In fact, that’s the only resolution I care to make. For both my own health, and as an important example to my kids, this year, I'm resolving to practice a kindness that starts from within.

Continue Reading

mom in bed with sick child
How to Keep Kids Healthy This Cold & Flu Season

by Dr. Jeff Andrews

As we head into the upcoming cold and flu season, parents should be mindful of the following best practices to keep their families safe and healthy.

Continue Reading