Articles from the Archives

Ghost Ride the Whip

 – By Chris Wagner ©2006, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Last winter, CPYU reported on the dangers of teens and driving. Unfortunately, since that article was written, a new craze is...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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