Articles from the Archives

The Pressure’s On

 – By Walt Mueller ©2005, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Okay, I’ll admit it to all of you who brandish shotguns, tromp through muddy bogs and wear “camo” while in pursuit of bagging a big prize … I’m a wimp … not a hunter. The only “hunting” I’ve ever done in my life took place years...
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The Sticky Finger Syndrome

 – by Walt Mueller ©2003, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding For several days in November, Jenna’s mom and dad half-heartedly watched the updates on actress Winona Ryder’s shoplifting trial as they took in the networks’ daily evening news reports. It was news that really didn’t interest or concern them. But then they got the phone...
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Pass It On!

– By Walt Mueller ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Word is that “the curse” was lifted at about 11:30pm on Wednesday, October 27. That’s when frustrated and famished Boston Red Sox fans breathed a collective sigh—or scream!—of relief as they let go of 86 years worth of pent-up disappointment from dying year after year...
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Helpful Info on Teenagers and Jobs

 – By Chris Wagner ©2005, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Summer is right around the corner and your teen may be asking if he or she can apply for that first summer job. During their high school years, the majority of teens do in fact begin working paid jobs. Some 80 percent of teens, approximately 13 million...
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Pressure Points

 – by Chris Wagner ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Last month, the world’s greatest athletes gathered in Greece to display their God-given talents, gifts and abilities. As the world watched, each athlete and team felt immense pressure to perform their best, positively represent their respective countries and bring home a coveted Olympic medal. Olympic athletes are not...
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Steroid Abuse – Getting Bigger

 – by Doug West ©2003, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding   In the increasingly competitive and lucrative world of pro sports, more and more players feeling the pressure to get the competitive edge are trying to increase performance through synthetic and, often times, illegal means. The problem is so newsworthy that steroid use in professional baseball was...
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Yes Nate, really!

 – By Walt Mueller ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding *This article originally appeared in Living With Teenagers magazine. “Hey Dad, the Ten Commandments are on!” I wasn’t sure what my ten-year-old son was trying to tell me when he yelled those words up the stairs to me last Easter Sunday. When I came down to the...
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Survey says…

 – By Chris Wagner ©2005, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding At CPYU, we depend a lot on surveys. They’re useful for getting feedback and suggestions, and can provide insight on a targeted group of people. We also monitor and review the results of surveys from a variety of different and reliable sources and pass this information...
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Turf Worship

– By Walt Mueller ©2008, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Last May, my 22-year-old son walked off an athletic field for the last time. I had tears in my eyes because it was over for him. I had a smile on my face because he had been given the gift of play. A college senior,...
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5 Truths about Pop Culture

 – by Walt Mueller  ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Pop Culture is Market Driven The children and youth market is the most aggressively targeted market segment in the world. The reason? They have more disposable income and purchasing influence than any other age group. Consequently, marketers both use and shape the pop culture in an...
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Cheating, Lying, Pants and Prosperity

 – by Walt Mueller ©2003, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding I grew up in a neighborhood infested with boys my age. Every day after school, an energetic group of twenty or so of my young peers would converge on a grassy back yard “playing field” or blacktopped driveway to engage in a wild game of whatever...
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It’s Time to Give Them Our Time

– by Walt Mueller ©1998, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding My daily habit of scanning the obituary page of our local paper continues to confirm the sad and frightening fact that hopelessness and its most extreme expression are far too common among the teen population in North America. Consequently, I’ve spent lots of time thinking about...
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Goodbye Frankie and Annette

 – by Walt Mueller ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding I was living my mid-1960s childhood when the annual spring break pilgrimage of thousands of college students to Florida’s beaches was portrayed on the big screen by teen heartthrobs Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The synopsis of the popular 1965 film “Beach Blanket Bingo” describes how Bonehead falls...
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Home … Alone?

 – by Doug West © 2003, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding As parents of three young children, my wife and I are constantly on the lookout for our girls, whether by being physically present or being within ear shot. We are particularly mindful of our youngest daughter, whom we politely, and comically, refer to as the “happy house...
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Confusion or Clarity? Youth Culture At the Crossroads

– by Walt Mueller ©2002, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding He survives a plane crash into the sea – and after weathering four years on an uninhabited island, Chuck Noland is rescued and brought back to civilization. Chuck Noland – played brilliantly by Tom Hanks in the film Cast Away – represents each of us and the options...
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Meet the Millennials

 – by Walt Mueller ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding *This article originally appeared in Living With Teenagers magazine “I’m glad I’m not raising kids in this day and age.” I’m sure my dad isn’t the only grandparent who’s uttered those words in recent years. “It seems like it’s so much harder for kids these days,” he’s...
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In Particular

 – By Walt Mueller ©2006, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Christmas. Lately it’s been a time for me to pursue some re-directed thinking. The problem is that I’ve spent so many years immersed in and pursuing the nostalgic, commercialized, feel-good Christmas that’s so much a part of the American experience, that the December 25th that...
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Tracy Speaks: An Excerpt about “Thirteen”

 – by Walt Mueller ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Editor’s note: CPYU has received numerous questions regarding the recent film, Thirteen. In an effort to help our readers understand the purpose and message of the film, we’ve chosen to include the following commentary and analysis, which is an excerpt from Walt Mueller’s soon-to-be finished book...
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Hip-hop 101: It’s not a passing fad

 – By Luke Bobo ©2005, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Something historic happened in October 2003. As Joan Anderman reported in the Rochester Post-Bulletin, “For the first time in the 50-year history of the Billboard charts, all Top 10 songs in the country last week were by black artists—signaling the culmination of hip-hop’s ascent as the dominant force...
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Teens Behind The Wheel

 – By Chris Wagner ©2005, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding A driver’s license—for teenagers it’s a ticket to freedom, a big step on their way to adulthood, and a first taste of independence. Teens with a driver’s license and a set of car keys—for the first time in their lives—can venture out on their own,...
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