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Scot Hurlburt

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Electronic cigarettes need a closer look | Kids Count

Though the dangers of cigarettes were long known, it wasn’t until 1971 that television advertisements promoting cigarettes was banned.

Bullying still a problem | Kids Count

A 2014 study on bullying revealed that in spite of a variety of anti-bullying programs at schools and in the community, the instances of bullying and its effects are largely unchanged.

High Cholesterol in Children | Kids Count

In 1960, about 10 percent of adult Americans were obese, overweight by 35 pounds or more.

Food Stamps Aid Children | Kids Count

In 2012, the Food Stamp program in America cost $78.4 billion dollars.

Distracted Driving Deadly | Kids Count

We are a nation of movers and shakers and we are all engaged in trying to keep ourselves from falling off our multi-tasking treadmills.

Our Food Comes From Where! | Kids Count

Over the past weekend I travelled with a friend to an estate sale and auction.

Community service | Kids Count

his week, America celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

2013, not-so-memorable year | Kids Count

Gun violence in America seemed to play out almost daily on the evening news as yet another tragic story of a shooting was revealed.

Forgiveness, a Christmas Gift | Kids Count

I have been watching a documentary about the civil rights movement in America in the 1950’s through the 1970’s.

Music is Magic | Kids Count

Humans are affected in profound and transcendent ways by music.

Older and Wiser | Kids Count

As the Administrator of a senior citizen facility, it has been my privilege to be part of their lives every day.

Emergent Adulthood | Kids Count

The legal definition of the age of majority or being able to vote and sign contracts is 18 years of age.

What the Future Holds

Kids Count

Most agree that the first working computer was developed by German scientist Conrad Zuse in 1936 and was eventually destroyed in an air raid on Berlin during WWII.

Suicide and millennial’s

Kids Count

Suicide is a difficult topic to consider and or write about and I do so to raise the collective consciousness around this enigmatic issue.

Back to School Days…

Kids Count

Now, with Labor Day behind us and the first splashes of tree color developing, children in the North Country will be returning to school.

Being Rich is Getting Better

Kids Count

Recently it was announced that the Obama administration will offer super rich companies a chance to bring back billions of dollars to the U.S. and the government will incentivize them to do so.

Stinking Thinking

Kids Count

The words Stinking Thinking has long been part of the language around alcohol and drug addiction counseling.

Cooperation May Equal Survival

Kids Count

Centuries ago, American industrialists like Rockefeller and Carnegie took Charles Darwin’s theory of the “survival of the fittest” to justify the exploitation of workers and the subsequent inequality that followed.

Allowed to Fail

Kids Count

Many things about being a kid today have changed since I was a kid. Parents and teachers no longer employ physical punishments such as hitting with a hand, ruler or object like a belt

Kids need to be allowed to fail sometimes

Kids Count

Many things about being a kid today have changed since I was a kid.

‘New Normal’ in College Cost

Kids Count

There was a time not too long ago when it was possible to work your way through college with only minimal loans at the completion of your degree.

Father’s Day 2013

Kids Count

Fathers play a special role in the lives of children.

Graduation 2013

Kids Count

This past Sunday my daughter graduated from the University of Vermont. It was a day, both sweet and mildly bitter.

A Million Dollars an Hour?

Kids Count

Les Leopold has penned a book that if factual, is enough to you make you very uneasy and at some junctures downright angry.

Happiness Linked to Health

Kids Count

Recently I attended a conference on how happiness affects the health of people in general.

Bullied Boy Dies

Kids Count

Bailey O’Neil was a handsome, 11 year-old honor student from Darby, Pennsylvania.

Happy not Necessarily Meaningful

Kids Count

In September of 1942 Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist and nuerologist from Vienna was deported to a Nazi concentration camp along with his elderly parents and pregnant wife.

College Debt Increasing

Kids Count

American college students have collectively accumulated a whopping $530 billion dollars in college debt.

Class and classroom

Kids Count

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has administered the PISA or Program for International Assessment for years.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Kids Count

I travelled to New York City to pick my daughter up this past weekend who is just back from Africa.

Hope is Eternal

Kids Count

Our media dominated world saturates us with news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

School Tragedy

Kids Count

On the surface, the school shooting at Newtown defies any rational or irrational explanation.

Holidays 2012

Kids Count

The lights are on many houses and in the distance, snow can be seen on the mountains and that holiday feeling is in the air.

Life after Children

Kids Count

No more reaching for the milk carton only to find out that it has been put back in the refrigerator empty.

Global Warming Real

Kids Count

The recent U.S. political campaign held many surprises including super storm “Sandy.”

Education improving

Kids Count

While much has been made of the American education system and its many shortcomings, the truth tells a different story.

Our pets are family, too

Kids Count

Our pets are so important to us and give rise to great expressions of emotion and love.

Mean People Make More

Kids Count

A recent study revealed that men described as disagreeable or mean make 18 percent more money than their more agreeable peers.

Youth Unemployment

Kids Count

The unemployment rate for teens aged 16 to 19 years of age is a staggering 24.5 percent.

Affordable College?

Kids Count

In today’s competitive world, a post-secondary education is practically a requirement for securing a reasonable standard of living.

Peers Predict Future

Kids Count

A recent study conducted by a group of Concordia University researchers found that the conduct and behavior of children on the playground may be a fairly accurate predictor of adult personality types.

Tomorrow Is another Day

Kids Count

So were the sentiments expressed by Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, “Gone with the Wind.”

No Relationship Between Gaming and Violence

Kids Count

While some media outlets continue to propagate stories of youth violence, youth violence continues to decline.

Hard Times Especially Hard on Children

Kids Count

Currently, 23.1 percent of America’s children are being raised in poverty.

Talking to Teens

Kids Count

Over the weekend, I worked with a teenager and his father to take down a carport.

Bullying Doesn’t End When School’s Out

Kids Count

The threat of bullying does not end when the final school bell rings, signaling the end of the school year.

Celebrate Life Everyday!

Kids Count

While everyone wants to happy, the pain of unhappiness seems especially difficult for young people.

Summertime, take it easy

Kids Count

Summertime maybe our most memorable season as it is so short yet so fantastic.

Remember school times

Kids Count

They have donned their graduation robes, adjusted their tassels and now they walk the last walk while Pomp and Circumstance plays in the background.

Parenting in Transition

Kids Count

Not too many years ago, it seemed that there was a common understanding about parenting.

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