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    Introduce me to a person who can say she hasn't done one foolish thing as a teen and I'll ask her to confirm that she isn't actually an alien. Teenagers are supposed to do dumb things. Things that make us scratch our heads and remember that, oh yeah, they're really just super-tall children.

    Breanna Mitchell is no exception. The teen girl got slammed when she posted a selfie on Twitter. She is shown grinning from ear to ear while posing in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where at least 1.1 million people were sent to die during World War II. It's the very definition of a dumb kid move, and it's insensitive and embarrassing. But Breanna does not deserve all the grief she is getting.

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    I would have given my left arm as a kid to get a gift like this one from my parents. The best dad in the world secretly bought tickets to Disney World for his two young children and came up with a creative way to break the happy news to them. He strapped them into a car early one morning, presented them with two separate gift bags, and instructed them to rummage through the bags for clues as to where they were going. What a fun dad!

    The man's adorable daughter was able to piece the mystery together rather quickly. Her exact words when she realized what dad had planned: "Disney World ... Ahhhhhh!!!" Now, that's every parent's dream reaction. His son Gavin didn't exactly share her enthusiasm. The tot had a total meltdown at the thought of Disney -- and dad caught the whole thing on video.

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    Somebody stop me before I utter that phrase all "old people" love to say: what is wrong with kids today?! And the answer is: most young people would NEVER do what three North Carolina teens reportedly did to an innocent man trying to make a living -- but for those guilty, a lack of respect is the number one culprit, if you ask me.

    An ice cream man in Charlotte was going about his day, earning money in an honest way by selling treats from a small portable cart, when three teens reportedly robbed and beat him up -- and someone had the wisdom to capture the entire thing on video. Because I guess they thought this was funny? Or that these young people should be proud of such a momentous achievement in their lives?

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    Think the hardest part of dining out with toddlers is getting them to sit in their seat and wait for their eats? Try this one on for size! A family in Georgia is claiming they were kicked out of a restaurant because of their 4-year-old's shirt.

    Little Lewis Roberts was dressed like most kids his age in a lime green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tee. But that wasn't the problem for The Tavern at Phipps Plaza, an Atlanta eatery. It was the fact that Lewis' shirt had no sleeves -- and the restaurant has a clear "gentlemen's dress code" that forbids sleeveless shirts.

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    I recently needed to wrap a present, and as I was digging through the junk drawer for the Scotch tape, I remembered: Oh yeah, I have children. Therefore, the tape isn't in the drawer. It isn't on my desk or in the kids' crafting supplies or anywhere that makes any kind of sense. Fifteen increasingly frustrating minutes later, I found the tape abandoned on the base of my 6-year-old's bedroom lamp next to a random assortment of seashells, a LEGO vehicle of some kind, and a homemade hatchet.

    In my experience, once you give birth, certain things are never where they're supposed to be. (And I'm not just talking about my hooters, although frankly I wish I'd been warned I'd eventually need a spatula to get a sports bra on.) I've been photo-documenting this irritating phenomenon and I'd like to share my findings with you, so you can tell me: is it just me? Am I the only one whose children are part magpie? Should I just give up on having easily accessible wrapping tape EVER AGAIN??

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    We keep hearing again and again how kids these days are entitled, spoiled, narcissistic, and, as a result, deeply unprepared to handle the "real world." And who's to blame? Permissive, overprotective, helicopter parents, of course. It's these pervasive beliefs that author Alfie Kohn set out to debunk in his new book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.

    Alfie spoke with The Stir today about what inspired him to take on the controversial topic of coddled kids and "overindulgent" parents, what parents really need to do to promote their child's success, and why we should be grooming a generation of rebels ...

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    A 7-year-old boy was removed from his elementary school after he allegedly groped an 8-year-old female classmate on two separate occasions. According to Kimberly Weiss, the victim's mother, the first time her daughter was groped, the boy was suspended for a day and then allowed back in the same classroom as her daughter. But the second time her daughter was assaulted, she says the principal gave her two choices: The boy could either be transferred to a different classroom, or her daughter could switch schools. Yes, she was told her daughter could switch schools after being groped. And adding insult to injury, Weiss said the principal asked her why her daughter didn't "punch the boy in the face" after the incident. 

    The district eventually stepped in and the boy was removed from school, but not before Kimberly sent out fliers to each and every parent in the class, explaining the situation and warning them that their children could be at risk, also.

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    A Newport Beach, California high school is under fire this week after news emerged that junior and senior male students are running an NFL-like "prom draft," which ranks female students and has allowed boys to pay as much as $140 for a first-round pick, according to officials. Corona del Mar High School principal Kathy Scott sent an email to parents after she caught wind of the "bracket" for the June 7 prom.

    Meanwhile, The Daily Pilot interviewed students who made it seem like the intent of the draft is to prevent infighting and controversy that usually comes with who asks whom to prom, and it's apparently about "camaraderie, a fun thing to do with the guys." Yep. What a shame that these male students believe it's okay to bond by objectifying their female peers ... Equally as skin-crawling: “A lot of the girls respect the draft and stick with those dates,” one student said.

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    Bullying happens to about half of all children at some point in their lives. And at least 10 percent of kids experience it on a regular basis. It happens on playgrounds, in the hallways, and on countless social media sites daily.

    Sure parents worry, but often we think our kids will get over it once that day, or week, or school year passes. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Bullying extends far beyond adolescence and can have lasting effects on your child's future relationships, health, and well-being. "Bullying is something that can change someone's life trajectory for years and years to come," says William Copeland, MD, an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine.

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    Admit it: you would have killed to have parents like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith when you were 13. I know I would have saved myself a lot of humiliation and the trouble of telling lies my parents never believed anyway just so I could go do something stupid that I shouldn't have been doing in the first place. Well, Willow Smith has no such concerns.

    The ridiculously hip -- as in waaaay too hip for someone barely out of her tweens -- daughter of the coolest parents ever was recently photographed hanging out on her bed with actor Moises Arias. Oh yeah, Moises is 20 and isn't wearing a shirt. Sounds a lot like what you were doing at 13, right?!

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