Wednesday, July 13, 2011
We want to know if the darker tones of the final film will deter you from taking your child to see the movie.
If you've read the books, you know what to expect when the Harry Potter finale hits theaters this weekend. The film, like the books, will be dark, ominous and full of action. Add to the darker tones the PG-13 rating for sequences of intense-action violence and frightening images, and we wonder if the magical world of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 might be too much for some children under the age of 10. We want to know: Does the darker tone of the film and its PG-13 rating have you wondering if you should take your child to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2?
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Making money is a popular summer pastime for local teenagers. What area businesses are hiring?
Summertime is here, but for many local teens, that means the work has just begun. School may have been out for only a few weeks now, but summer jobs are top-of-mind topics for many young people in White Lake. Where have your teens found work this summer? Where are they looking? What are the most popular places for young people to work around town?
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We want to know your thoughts about school districts withholding incident reports.
Recent incidents highlighted in this article about school bullying have raised questions among parents about incident reports and the way the district handles them. District policy prohibits parents from seeing the school's incident report even if their child is involved. The district contends that the reports are protected by federal privacy laws and can't be shared, even if you are the parent of the child involved in a reported incident. We want to know, do you think parents should have access to these reports?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Does having the party at your house keep kids off the streets or encourage bad behavior?
Prom is just around the corner, along with graduation parties and summer on the lake. When I was 18, parents would supply alcohol and hold parties for teens, saying they would rather the kids drink at their house and stay the night than be driving around. Many contend that if you are old enough to vote and die in a war for our country, you should be able to drink. How do you handle teen drinking with your child? Do you feel, as some, that if teens are old enough to vote and fight in a war, they are old enough to drink? Do you find it safer to allow an illegal activity you know is happening anyway to take place under your roof?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
What tips do you have to help children cope with their parents' breakup?
A 12-year-old from Highland Township pleaded guilty to armed robbery Tuesday after she reportedly held up a store with a loaded gun in an attempt to get money for a house payment. Soon after the incident, reports surfaced that the child's parents were going through a messy divorce, and she was under the impression that she needed to get money in order to save her family's home. Children are affected by divorce in many different ways. Some withdraw from social life, while others retreat into it. There are kids who rebel with violence, anger or even drugs and those who, overwhelmed with a need to overachieve, throw themselves into their studies. The fact is that no child, no matter the age, ever goes unaffected by divorce, and the subtle …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
How do you battle this growing epidemic?
Studies have shown that child obesity has risen during the past decade. A recent New York Times article reported that children who are overweight are more than twice as likely to die prematurely (before the age of 55) of illness or self-inflicted injury. First lady Michelle Obama has made child obesity her issue, and she's working with organizations across the nation to try to curb the epidemic. Schools are starting to offer more healthy alternatives to fatty, fried foods, and they are removing soda and vending machines from their buildings. What do you do, as a parent, to ensure your child is eating healthy? How do you help to prevent your child from becoming a child obesity statistic?
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Jump in on this new conversation, which will be featured weekly with different topics.
Moms Talk is a new feature on White Lake Patch that reaches out to moms and families. We invite you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in White Lake. Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, 24-hour pharmacies and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children. Moms Talk will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Do you know of local moms raising their children in the Tiger Mother method, and do you think it is the best way? Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics for …