Monday, December 5, 2011

Off The Priority Parent Worry List

Only 1% of all teens sex text. They get it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Southington Attorney Tony Sheffy named Super Lawyer

Tony Sheffy has been named to Super Lawyers of Connecticut for 2011-2012.  His profile will appear in an upcoming issue of Connecticut Maganzine. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Teens to Old for Halloween: Beware Criminal Mischief

As teen to old for Halloween, you and your friends decide to give a trick, rather than take a treat. It is important to realize, before you through that egg, that in Connecticut, tossing an egg or scratching a car could be a crime and not a prank. Criminal mischief is the destruction of private or public property which could include any type of physical damage. Criminal mischief charges are based on the amount of destruction and the intent of the person committing the act. Fines range from $500 to $5000, and could carry jail time of 3 months to 5 years. So if you are a teen to old for Halloween, don't get tricked into thinking that a simple prank will necessarily be a treat. You might find yourself facing a criminal mischief charge.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Age of Consent Means Consent of the State

 Connecticut law makes it a Felony for  a person to engages in sexual intercourse with another person where the other person is thirteen years of age or older, but under sixteen years of age and the one of the two is more than three years older than such other person.  This is whether both parties consent or not.  The law carries stiff penalties and is not to be taken lightly.  It applies to adults and teens.  Speak to your teen about the age of consent.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Uncontrollable Teen: What Rights do Parents have over their own children?

CT law gives Parents limited rights of control over the behavior of their own teens.  Post your comments.  Where do you weigh in?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Check Your Child's Safety Seat - Massive Recall

Government sources have told CNN Money that the Dorel Juvenile Group has recalled nearly 800,000 child safety seats because they do not always lock properly.  The National Highway Safety Commission will begin a formal investigation at the beginning of March.  Roughly 2000 children per year die in car accidents.  Over 50% of these deaths result from the failure to wear a seat belt or be in a child safety seat.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Self More than Sex ?

Two controversial studies suggest that  that teens would rather have a boast to their self-esteem then engage in sex.  Roni Rabbin in the New York Times Health Section blog discusses the two studies.  She quotes Dr. Twenge, the author of the  “Narcissism Epidemic," as stating that “The idea has been that if we build [kids] self-esteem, then they’ll do better in school and in relationships. Well, that puts the cart before the horse. When you break down the research you see that kids who behave well and get high grades develop high self-esteem — not the other way around.”  Where do you come down on this issue ?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Teens More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior With Friends

A new study from Temple University reported by the New York Times suggests that teens are much more likely to engage in risky behavior if thier friends are present.