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Teen Made To Babysit For Free As Punishment


I only got in serious trouble once when I was a teen — I was a well-behaved dork, what can I say? I had been stealing change from a bowl of coins my dad had been saving and, once discovered, he made me collect signatures for some sort of political petition in exchange for not telling my mom what a little thief I was. I got off the hook pretty easy, I have to say. But 16-year-old Kirstin Rausch’s dad is not as easygoing, though he is almost as creative. See, Kristin had her friends over at her house later than she was supposed to, so as punishment, her dad took out an ad — with her photo! — for 30 hours of free babysitting in the local newspaper. This seems way harsh to me, and if I were a parent, I don’t know that I would want some teen being forced to babysit my kids for no money. Anyway, the public shaming is really the bigger punishment, isn’t it? Did her dad force her to wear that terrible hair bow on national TV too? How did your parents punish you when you broke the rules as a teen? [CBS News] Keep reading »

The Great Drop-Off — When Your Parents Leave You At College

The trek from home to college can be riddled with anxiety, fear and doubt — for both students AND parents. And that’s why more and more colleges are finding ways to formalize the college move-in process to make it easier for everyone. Keep reading »

Cut Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face

Apparently, Brits have a habit of cutting off their noses to spite their faces on principle. Well, that’s according to Naturally Random, which posted this missing bike flyer that was found on Abagond’s Pics. I actually think the flyer probably relieved some of the frustration the owner felt, even though the bike probably will never be returned. Keep reading »

The Ten Commandments Of Facebook

For all the negative things one can say about Facebook, it would be hard to deny how easy the social networking site makes it to keep in touch with people. But wouldn’t it be so much nicer if all those people had to abide by a few rules of etiquette? After the jump, my proposed list of 10 commandments every Facebook user should be forced to follow or else suffer an eternal afterlife of emoticons and fundraiser pleas from high school algebra partners. Keep reading »

Fighting Hatred With Funny


Sometimes the only way to counter irrational hatred, anger and fear is with a little humor. Check out these hilarious responses to anti-gay protesters, set to a cheery John Mayer cover. Our favorite: “82 years of being gay: but maybe it’s just a phase I’m going through.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Female Sex Addict In Recovery

When people think of sex addiction, they think of men like Tiger Woods and David Duchovny who got caught barreling headfirst down the hedonistic rabbit hole.

But I am a female sex addict in the truest sense of the term. Thanks to sketchy DNA (I’ve also struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction) and sexually traumatic experiences in early adolescence, I learned to self-medicate painful emotions with sex. Keep reading »

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