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Crib notes: No prom date? No big deal

Is worrying about getting asked to prom a passé notion for today's teens? One mom, who considers herself a "prom reject," recently confided her shameful past to her high school daughter, who was nonplussed. "So, why didn't you go by yourself?" her daughter asked. It seems that teens today are more likely to attend school dances as groups of friends, instead of with a date. Is this a sign of empow

Is worrying about getting asked to prom a passé notion for today's teens? One mom, who considers herself a "prom reject," recently confided her shameful past to her high school daughter, who was nonplussed. "So, why didn't you go by yourself?" her daughter asked. It seems that teens today are more likely to attend school dances as groups of friends, instead of with a date. Is this a sign of empowerment among today's teenaged-girls that would have been nearly unheard of only a decade ago?

"Drug-free zones" first appeared in the 1980's as a way to keep drug dealers from getting too close to schools. Today, schools might need to establish "junk food-free zones" to keep candy dealers away. One high school in California that banned junk food on campus has found itself barraged by food truck vendors peddling their highly-caloric goods in front of the school's entrance during lunch time. The vendors, who realized the crackdown provided them with a ripe opportunity for new business, have even been known to get into fights with one another over the most desirable parking spots. 

Parenting experts warn of a possible major outbreak of the vaccination debate as the Centers for Disease Control announces the highest number of measles cases in a decade. Eleven years ago, measles was nearly eradicated but as families have increasingly opted-out of vaccinations for their children, the disease has made a resurgence, with 127 cases reported in the U.S. already this year.

The personal has become very political lately when it comes to breastfeeding in public. But are our neighbors to the north warmer to the concept? A children's hospital in Toronto, ON, has a statue of two women sitting on a bench, talking. One of the women is pregnant, the other is nursing a baby while two small children play nearby. The sculptor has expressed hope that other women will sit on the bench, nursing their own babies. This public celebration of breastfeeding has some wondering if the opposition to nursing in public is a uniquely American sentiment.

"Redshirting" - it's not just for college sports anymore. We're talking about kindergarten age cut-off restrictions. Parents whose children fall near the cut-off date and risk being amongst the youngest members of their class must face a choice; to let their little one walk on, trying their best to keep up with their slightly older peers, or to "redshirt" them, holding them back to start kindergarten when they'll be one of the biggest and oldest kids in their class. Some districts are considering changing cut-off dates in an effort to address this issue.

Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.