One book that changed your life and more on books

1. One book that changed your life The Diary of Anne Frank. I found it tucked away in the secretary at my family’s cottage one day and asked my mom if I could read it. She hesitated, knowing the content of the book and that I was only a few years younger than Anne when she started her diary, but ended up letting me. I sat on the back beach in an Adirondack chair with the book in my lap and fell head-first into her world, a world that I didn’t know ever existed until then. Her story absolutely changed my outlook on life and how I viewed and treated other people.

2. One book you’ve read more than once She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. God, I love Dolores. I read it around the time of my …

Tell Me About Yourself Introduce: Answer Some Personal Questions

So here it is, your weekly opportunity to tell me a bit more about you – on your marks, get set… GO!

YOU ANSWER #5

When was the last time you bought something you wanted but didn’t need?
What do you admire about your mum?
How would you rate your intelligence against your friends?
Do you believe in something that is quite “controversial”?
The paranormal – your opinions?
Who has had the biggest impact on your musical tastes?
Which two artists would you love to see duet together?
When was the last time you lied and was it worth it?
If you didn’t have to work, would you?
Do you have a secret that nobody knows but you?

And just for your interest, here are my answers:

The High School Confusion

online-educationIf you think it’s easy to get into even a public high school for some kids, think again. Yesterday I met a girl and heard her story, her parents formally disowned her when she was 15, and she spent six months living in a car before trying to enroll herself in school miles away with no parents. It’s not the lack of parents that was the problem — it seems her former school district was so far ahead of the new one that, even at 16, she only had three classes left to graduate. She had two options: continue high school, or sign up for online GED classes online, and believe me there are plenty of great courses.
Three classes simply weren’t worth the trouble for the school. she was denied entry back into high school and told to …

Energy Drinks and Teens – What Every Parent Ought to Know

0023 GI_bsl044Jolt, Buzzed, Amp, Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Nos, Full Throttle, Sobe… sounds like nicknames for the starting lineup of a hockey team, but they’re not. These, my fellow wired parents, are the names of just a handful of the many different energy drinks that our teens are consuming by the “BFC” (that’s an acronym for Big F*****g Can, and is indeed the name used for one style of Monster drinks). And we thought we were wild when we were kids and we drank Mountain Dew, now they have things like Hype and Bawls to get their kicks with. Are these energy drinks safe? As parents of today’s teens, should we be concerned?

Increasing Popularity

According to a recent USA Today article, the  market  for energy drinks in the US was at a whopping $5.4 billion. Even more, the market is …

Gaming is A Way Parents Can Connect With Their Teens

As winter settles in here in the great white North, we find ourselves doing more and more things inside. For my family, this means things like watching football, catching up on movies, surfing the web, baking cookies (Superdad here baked cookies with my 6 year old girl last weekend), and playing video games (gasp!). I really enjoy the outdoors and the warmer months, but the colder weather and being inside more offers some advantages – namely, we find ourselves doing more things together as a family, including playing video games together. I’ve played more Madden / Rock Band / Guitar Hero / Halo 3 (with my kids) on our Xbox 360 over the past month… I almost forgot how much fun it can be. So why should you pick up that controller too?

Not All Video Games Are Violent

Tracking Your Teen’s Progress in School with Skyward

0077 IS_1215200671As parents in the digital age, it’s never been easier to stay up-to-date and informed on how our kids are doing in school. Web-based school administration programs and school websites provide us with class schedules, updated assignments, after-school activity schedules, and teachers’ email addresses and phone numbers. Parents and students can utilize these online tools to keep track of daily assignments and track progress throughout the school year. Our school district recently switched to a system called Skyward Family Access, and after using it for the past week or so, I simply love it.

Assignments and Grades

Skyward includes a calendar of the current month, showing assignments due (or past due) for each date on the calendar, by class and teacher. Missing assignments show in red and are clickable for additional details on the assignment. The calendar on Skyward is …

How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

learningAre you planning to attend college after graduating from the GED school and you are worried that you might not afford the cost of education? There is no denying that colleges and universities these days are quite expensive. While there are a lot of credible scholarships out there to help you afford high education, there are a lot of not-so credible ones as well. This is why you have to be careful in making your options as to what scholarship you would apply for.

Nowadays, people are making every possible way to get that money- the easy way. Unfortunately, when you begin your lookout for a scholarship, you may be required to fill out certain papers that are designed to get some essential information from you. Unknowingly, people behind the scams are fishing out on you so as to steal …

A Fundamental Guide to Music Sharing for Today’s Parents

0068 MF_645-01538414When was the last time one of your kids (or you, for that matter), bought a music CD? A month ago, six months ago, a couple years ago? Over the past couple of years, more and more of us are turning to digital music and away from CDs – a trend led by our youth. While the digital trend in music is definitely a convenient one, it can be tricky one for today’s parents to keep up with to make sure our kids aren’t doing anything illegal (does Limewire mean anything to you?).

The Good

Social media sites and paid-for music services like Itunes and Rhapsody are the safest options when it comes to sharing music online.

Sites like Imeem, Ilike, and Pandora are social networking sites (like Myspace) that allow users to upload music, create playlists, and interact with …

How To Predict Your Child Career Potential

0012 GI_gam013Taking on an examination of your career potential might seems difficult especially when if your education path was not straightforward, coming back to school for your GED might be the alternative path but it doesn’t mean that your career potential is smaller.

In the late 1970s, while studying executives impacted by the breakup of AT&T, Dr. Suzanne Kobasa developed the concept of “Stress Hardiness”. Predicting potential for future success is based on past performance and demonstrated skills.

I’ve adapted the three Cs of Kobasa [and added a fourth] to the specific issue of career examination as follows:…

How to Choose Safe Web Browser?

0083 IS_7512600090Chances are you’re sitting at a computer right now that’s running some version of Microsoft Windows, and you’re browsing the web with some version of the browser that’s included with Windows – Internet Explorer (IE). At home (if you’re at work now), you likely have a similar setup – a Windows PC (or two) with Internet Explorer as your web browser. Not me. As a wired parent of teenagers who spend plenty of time on the Internet, I setup Firefox as the default browser on all four of our home computers (and my work one) to help prevent all that nasty malware from rearing its ugly head.

Certain Web Activities Can Harm Your PC

If you’re a parent of a teenager, you know all too well that today’s teens are very web savvy. They spend all kinds of time connecting …