Get your teen back into reading (and get to know them better in the process!)

So, apparently something happens when kids hit thirteen: they no longer like reading. In 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts published a report on reading that found, among other things, "Teens and young adults read less often and for shorter amounts of time when compared with other age groups and with Americans of the past" and "reading is declining as an activity among teenagers."

Are parents happy?

In what seems like a surprising or at least dishonest turn, parents self-report seems to be that they are happy … these studies measured happiness moment-to-moment, a definition that makes sense in a culture that tends to be about the moment-to-moment with focus on products that provide quick fixes and instant pleasures.