Ask the Educator: Cell Phones!

Ask an Educator Question: When should I give my kid a cell phone? This is a question I’ve received multiple times from parents in our community. And to be honest, I didn’t really know the answer to this. Like many of the people reading this, I didn’t get a cell phone until I was an adult. And the cell phone I had, as a young adult, was certainly not a smart phone. Heck, it could barely text let alone do all the amazing things phones can do now. So I decided to do some research! And the correct answer is…well it depends on you, your child, and your family’s financial Continue reading →

Ask the Educator: “Youth Questions”

So this isn’t my typical “Ask an Educator” post because it isn’t an answer to a question. Instead, I wanted to talk about some of the questions I get from young people in our community. I have recently set up a box in the Syracuse Northeast Community Center Library titled, “Ask Ethan.” Youth can drop in questions about health, growing up, school, and being an adult. I respond to about one question a week and post it for the youth to see. With this post, I wanted to share some of the most common questions I get from young people. Many youth want to know how they should talk to Continue reading →

Ask the Educator: “Hygiene”

Question: I don’t want to be mean, but why do some of these kids smell so bad? I think many of us have been in a situation where we are near someone who may not smell pleasant. We often don’t talk about this issue because it seems awkward or rude. But that’s exactly what Ask an Educator is all about – talking about things we don’t normally talk about. There are a few different causes for this, especially among young people. Some families cannot afford soaps, detergents, toothpaste, deodorants, and menstrual products. So young people in these families may be going without clean clothing or may lack the supplies to Continue reading →

Ask the Educator: “As a parent, what if I don’t know enough about puberty?” Part II

Question: I’m a single mom with a son. I want to talk to him about puberty but, to be honest, I don’t really know what to tell him. What should I do? This article is a continuation of the October article on changes related to puberty. If you want to read part one, which is focused on the physical changes associated with puberty, you can find it here. This article will focus on the some of the emotional and social changes that occur in a young person’s life as they grow into teenagers. Teenagers are often described as moody and with reason. Hormones and rapid brain growth can change how Continue reading →

Ask the Educator: “As a parent, what if I don’t know enough about puberty?”

Question: I’m a single mom with a son. I want to talk to him about puberty but, to be honest, I don’t really know what to tell him. What should I do? Talking about puberty can be a difficult conversation for parents. Talking about changing bodies, sexuality, and growing up can be uncomfortable for both parent and youth. However, these are very important conversations to have. You can prevent a lot of worry and discomfort by addressing puberty early on. But what do you say? This article is to provide you with a general guideline to what happens during puberty. This article will focus on physical changes but there are Continue reading →