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    The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we all know what that means! No, it's not the promise of summer, or graduation for some, but the event most high schoolers eagerly await: the prom.

    But finding a date, and actually asking them, are events in their own right. 'Promposals,' as they've been so appropriately dubbed, are taking over. From celebrities to puppies to fast food, teens are literally using anything and anyone to outdo each other and snag a date to prom.

    The latest viral promposal? A proposition from Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White. Clearly, the girl can't refuse:

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    It's a gloriously summer-feeling spring evening and the setting sun has filled the street with golden light. There are five -- no, six, seven? I can't keep count, they're moving too quickly -- little boys playing in the quiet suburban neighborhood. Basketballs fly back and forth, squirt guns are deployed, somebody has a double-bladed plastic lightsaber and is making that bszzzzew, bszzzzew sound. My 8-year-old runs by with a neighbor boy, my 6-year-old is giggling with his younger cousin. They're filled with so much electric joy, it's pouring off them in visible waves.

    I'm sitting with the adults, watching this scene unfold. It's a suburban dream: kids playing, grownups chatting, everyone just a few steps from their own home. I'm thinking about our own neighborhood, and how it's nothing like this.

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    Have you or your daughter ever been called the "B-word?"

    And no, I don't mean that rude and incredibly disgusting "B-word," but the other one: bossy.

    Well, it turns out that assertive, intelligent, and confident young women (um, clearly all good things) are labeled as "bossy" and become discouraged from taking on leadership positions. They become afraid of asserting themselves.

    Let's be honest, wouldn't you be nervous and demoralized if someone kept calling you "bossy"? It's automatically going to lead to labels like "aggressive," "angry," and "too ambitious."

    Boys, on the other hand, do not have the same problem. First off, they're never called "bossy." Instead, they're "leaders." Hmm... seeing the difference here?

    These behaviors begin as early as grade school, and continue on to middle school, high school, college, and far, far beyond. We working ladies are not exempt from these similar judgments.

    But starting today, we're officially taking a stand and pledging to "Ban Bossy."

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    25 Simple Ways to Annoy Your Tween

    posted by Jenny Isenman February 21 at 3:49 PM in Big Kid
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    When your child hits tweenhood, everything becomes bothersome, especially you. All the injustices of the world are highlighted with eye-rolls, grunts, and blank stares. 

    I'm taking advantage of this time by being extra annoying. For instance, when I'm sitting in the garage waiting for J, my 12-year-old son, to exit the house, I watch the door intently. As soon as he cracks it open, I beep. J startles, without fail, and glares at me as if I've done something unforgivable, like smashed his Beats or released all the remaining Axe body spray from the can.

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    Sigh. Playdates. Somehow between the time we were kids and the time we had kids -- they turned into such a freakin' production. Remember back in the day when you'd call one of your friends (from the land line on the one phone in your house) and ask for him/her to come over -- and as long as both of your moms said it was fine, you had, like, an entire day of fun together?

    Yeah, that's just not the case anymore as far as our poor kiddos go. Nope. Instead of play time, they have play "dates." That have to be scheduled and such.

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    If there's any one thing that truly helps moms cope with and survive the toddler phase, it's having amazing friends who are right there going through the same challenges with you.

    There's really nothing better than having someone say, "I totally understand" or, "OMG. I'm having the worst time potty training little Joey too. Isn't it the pits?!?"

    But while mom friends are definitely essential, there are a few types of parents out there who will probably wind up doing you a lot more harm than good if you choose to associate with them.

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    It's not all that odd for teens to be a little embarrassed of their parents. One would think that for 15-year-old Malia Obama, having a dad that's the President of the United States would change that. Just maybe Dad would be someone she'd want to introduce to her friends.

    Well, think again. First Lady Michelle Obama recently joked with People about her daughter's distaste for introducing her friends to Dad when they come by the White House. Yes, even Malia is hesitant to introduce Barack to her friends.

    Her reason?

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  • 5 Mom Friends to Avoid if You Want to Stay Sane

    posted by Ericka Sóuter December 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM in Big Kid
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    It seems Gisele Bundchen is rivaling Gwyneth Paltrow for most annoying celeb mom. First the supermodel made headlines with her breastfeeding stance: "I think there should be a worldwide law in my opinion that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."

    Her take on baby weight: "I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate and I gained only 30 pounds." Oh ... and what's the big deal about delivery? "It wasn't painful, not even a little bit ... the second day I was walking, I was washing dishes, I was making pancakes in the kitchen." Then, last week she posted a photo breastfeeding while getting pampered by her Glam Squad.

    Rolling your eyes yet? Just wait. The latest? An Instagram pic of a bikini-clad Gisele doing yoga on the beach with her little boy. Some people are saying this is more of her mommy bragging.

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    Quick, think: where's the dumbest place you partied as a teen? The home of a friend while her parents were away for the weekend? A parking lot? Most of my keg experiences happened at a huge park at night, where we hung out on the grass and were obnoxious and loud -- until police "raided" our parties, which pretty much meant they scared us and told us to get off the city's property. 

    But some teens are now hosting what are called "ghost parties." They select a house that belongs to a complete stranger who isn't home at the time and organize a big party on -- and in -- the person's property. And since many insist on tweeting about and posting photos from the event, they shouldn't be shocked when they, like the 16 teens who were caught after partying at, stealing from, and looting a California mansion, get caught and face very real charges.

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    Sarah Atwell is a 17-year-old Canadian who suffers from a rare condition called neurofibromatosis. She developed the incurable disease when she was eight months old and has since dealt with headaches, blurred vision, and changes in her appearance, which include the development of a large tumor on one side of her face. Despite having to endure six surgeries, her most painful experience has been coping with the constant bullying that has persisted throughout her childhood and adolescence because of her facial deformity. But this brave girl found a way to take back her life from the heartless bullies who have tormented her.

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