The deadly drowning this week of six teenagers -- all of them from two families -- is one of the saddest reminders of a perpetual problem: Kids plus summer heat plus unsupervised swimming minus even basic instruction in water safety equals tragedy.
Whether it's underage drinking, smoking pot or having sex, every parent will one day face a teenager they're hoping won't do the very things they did at that age.
This is one of those stories that makes you go "Whew!" -- and then get angry.
Some symbols have been around so long they just seem like part of the landscape: the golden arches of McDonald's, Disney's magic castle and the green-and-white logo of the Girl Scouts. Oh, wait -- scratch that last one. It seems that the Scouts have decided to make some changes to their iconic symbol, seeking to update and reinvigorate their image.
In the New York Times blog Motherlode, Lisa Belkin printed a letter from Lillian, mom of 3-month-old Alice, who went on a crying jag during a trip to the grocery store. As they were checking out, another mother leaned over, tapped Lillian on the shoulder and told her that "long-term crying" was very bad for her child.