Parenting news roundup: Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama and bullies
This week's roundup spotlights stories on Taylor Swift's breakup, bully mania sweeping the country, and Michelle Obama on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' chatting about teenagers and being a mom – That's right. The Modern Parenthood weekly news roundup is the new Friday family tradition.
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Nothing’s too much for summer love, right?
As news spread this week about the Swift-Kennedy breakup, some wondered about that house. Will Swift have buyer’s regret? Or will the singer still enjoy vacationing in the northeast? Maybe she and Conor will even rekindle their spark next summer, once it’s yachting season again.
More important, we think, is the lesson that young romance can – and often should – be temporary. This is not cynical but sweet. Even Swift, multi-millionaire pop star that she is, is figuring it out. This is a good model for girls who are too often showered with the white dress, happily ever after fairy tales.
And a reminder not to close on the house.
Look interested, kids
Parents of teenagers, don’t despair. If you are struggling with “the look” – and if you’re a parent of a teenager, you know what I’m talking about – you are in good company. (For other people, it’s the I’m-so-bored-you’re-so-lame-wish-I-was-texting look.) Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama admitted on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that sometimes even the President needs to urge 14-year-old Malia and 11-year-old Sasha to “just look like you’re listening to me.”
“That was the instruction before he gave his speech to the DNC,” Ms. Obama told Kimmel. “We’re back stage and they’re playing around and they’re laughing and they’re giggling and he said, ‘Just act like you’re listening to me.’”
“But were they listening?” Kimmel asked.
She paused briefly and put her hand out in an “eh” gesture.
“Barely,” she said.