March 12, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm a senior in high school and am very busy trying to get into a good college. I have many activities at school. I have been baby-sitting for a family since I was in middle school. They have two children and I enjoy being with them. We do lots of fun things together. Lately, however, the parents are putting a lot of pressure on me to baby-sit more and more. They seem to think of me as an older daughter and sister to the kids. I am honored to be so close to these girls, but I am too overwhelmed with school and college to focus on playing with them every available moment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
A 17-year-old Huntington Beach high school senior who committed suicide could have been saved if police had been more aggressive after receiving a warning that the youth was planning to kill himself, the teen's parents are alleging in a lawsuit. Police failed to warn the family when they learned of an online posting by Matthew Cline in which he threatened to kill himself, according to a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court. A varsity football player entering his senior year at Liberty Christian High School, Cline used a website and mobile app called iFunny, which typically features funny images, to warn of his death the day before he shot himself in the head last July, according to the suit.
July 3, 2011 |
Dear Liz: My parents never developed good behaviors when it came to money. They didn't save, budget or make good spending decisions. Recently they've fallen on hard times. My mother is on disability, and my father is unable to get a salaried job. He's an independent contractor who doesn't make enough to regularly cover their mortgage payments, let alone food or medical expenses. I love my parents and want to help, but I don't want to financially ruin myself or become their money tree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000
Re "Homework Driving Parents Nuts," Nov. 22. Your article points out that the problem begins with the parents, not the children. The parents are setting a bad example beginning with their narrow perspective of education as a whole, diminishing the authority of teachers and school administrators, and with misguided expectations of both their children and the school system. Parents too often don't set priorities in their own lives (fun, sports, ballet override homework, chores).