Are there things you do that drive your parents crazy? Is it not cleaning your room? Leaving half-eaten food around the house? Spending too much time on the phone? Playing your music too loud? Mumbling your answers? Not saying thank you? How do your parents handle these situations? Do their responses ever lead to positive changes in your behavior? Do you ever wish they tried a different approach to these moments? In “How to Stop Thinking Your Teen Is ‘Pushing Your Buttons’,” Cheryl Maguire writes: My 14-year-old daughter constantly abandons her coat on the floor and leaves half-eaten food in the living room and crumpled papers in the hall. I end up cleaning up after her, which I’ve repeatedly told her makes me upset. She’s a smart, talented kid. So why does she keep pushing my buttons? At some point most parents feel as if their teenager is acting in ways to intentionally make them angry. But experts say that the interaction is often more about the … [Read more...] about Do You Push Your Parents’ Buttons?
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Every week, we ask at least a few questions in our writing prompts that invite students to write about their personal experiences, like whether they love to dance, what foods they think represent their hometowns, and how they feel about gym class. We love reading the responses to these questions because every one is as different as the teenager who wrote it. This week comments on two such prompts — “What Is the Most Memorable Thing You Have Ever Lost or Found?” and “Your Food Obsession” — really stood out to us. What made these comments pop? For one, the writing was full of descriptive words, sensory details and colorful language that made us feel like we were there. We also enjoyed how many students turned their experiences into stories, complete with suspense, action and a lesson learned. And, we can never resist those comments that make us feel something, whether it’s laughter, fear, heartbreak, joy or secondhand embarrassment. Read on to … [Read more...] about What Students Are Saying About: Lost and Found Items, Their Food Obsessions and College Athletes
What would the home of your dreams look like? Would it be a minimalist apartment in a bustling city? A mansion with 40 rooms, a basketball court and a pool? A farm with more animals than you could count? A shack on the beach so you could surf every day? Tell us in the comments in as much detail as possible. Then, read the related Opinion piece to find out about the newest trends in home design and construction. Find many more ways to use our Picture Prompt feature in this lesson plan . … [Read more...] about Dream Home
flummox \ ˈflə-məks , -miks\ verb : be a mystery or bewildering to _________ The word flummox has appeared in 85 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 26 in “Two African-American Women Are Headed for Runoff in Chicago’s Mayor Race” by Julie Bosman, Mitch Smith and Monica Davey: The city’s votes were sprinkled widely across the massive field of 14 candidates who had hoped to replace Mr. Emanuel, who didn’t run for a third term. With 92 percent of the votes counted, Ms. Lightfoot had the highest vote tally, with about 17 percent. Ms. Preckwinkle had 16 percent, and Mr. Daley, who was well funded and who many here had expected to easily make the runoff, came in just below 15 percent. .... For weeks, the sheer number of candidates seemed to have left some Chicagoans flummoxed — unsure, even in the final hours, whom they would vote for. Some political strategists said they wondered if that might discourage some … [Read more...] about Word + Quiz: flummox
Over 2,000 students took us up on our second annual December challenge to “connect what you’re learning in school with the world today,” and, as you’ll see from the work of the winners, below, this year’s best were just as insightful and imaginative as last year’s. Whether the connections these teenagers made were obvious, or whether they were so oblique it’s likely no one else has ever made them, what delighted us most was seeing the thinking in action. Many described aha moments, when a work of literature or an event in history was illuminated by something in The Times, whether a Letter to the Editor that helped make sense of “Death of a Salesman,” or a Smarter Living piece that, as one student wrote, would have greatly helped Hamlet “handle his anger responsibly.” Like last year, when comparisons to the #MeToo movement dominated submissions, the echoes of some of our most pressing issues were everywhere. Students saw … [Read more...] about Making Connections: 53 Teenagers Suggest Creative Ways to Link School Curriculum to the World of 2019