Stories about: Twilight

Beware the werewolves of San Antonio!

wolfman-movie chaneyEvery generation has its werewolves. Today, of course, there’s the Twilight phenomenon, which has given us Jacob Black and his brotherly pack of lycanthropes. If you’re my age, you grew up watching the incredibly hokey Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Two movies, plus the slightly less hokey An American Werewolf in London. And if you’re a bit older, you likely went to the local Strand Theater to watch Lon Chaney and Claude Rains in The Wolf Man or Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon in I Was a Teenage Werewolf.

But, as you’ll see in the news clip below from KENS5 in San Antonio, there’s a group of Texas teens who are taking the obsession with wolfmen one step further, transforming themselves into real-life werewolves – complete with fake tails and teeth.

So what do you think, moms and dads: Is this type of self-expression a good thing, or a sure sign that these kids need to spend less time under the full moon?

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Top stories on Thrive: 2009

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What a whirlwind of a year. Since launching this blog in July, we’ve had more than 230,000 visitors, many of whom have left thought-provoking comments on our posts.

We’ve enjoyed bringing you personal stories and expert insight about current pediatric health topics, and we hope you continue reading us in 2010.

What were our readers most interested in this year? Our most widely read stories range from a video series about defeating a milk allergy to a news report about the discredited Baby Einstein videos. Did you miss any of our most popular posts? We revisit them below.

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Obsession and risk-taking: What New Moon tells us about how teens think romance should be

new-moonLast week the latest Twilight series movie, “New Moon,” smashed all records for opening day box-office sales, earning more than $70 million—$26 million from the midnight showings alone (beating out the Harry Potter midnight showings). Add that to the millions of Twilight series books sold, and there is absolutely no doubt that we are dealing with a true teen phenomenon.

If your child is a Twilight fan and you haven’t read the books yourself, there are some things you should know about them.

First, the books can be quite scary at parts, with a lot of real or threatened violence. And second, while there’s no sex before marriage between Bella and Edward, the relationship is full of sensuality and sexual tension. Hormones are raging big time.

What parents most need to know, though, is that the relationship between Edward and Bella is very obsessive.

For example:

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