Many wonderful, bizarre, and awful things made international news in 2013.
My kids, avid consumers of pop radio, ESPN and internet news, heard them all.
I've got to say, the media today sure makes it hard to raise kids, especially teenagers. Many of the year's events were nearly impossible to decode productively for my children, ages 16, 15 and 11. In a contest between me and the media, I always feel like the loser.
Here are my top ten hardest headlines:
10. That Trayvon Martin  died because he was black, a teenager, liked wearing a hoodie, had the misfortune to live in Florida, and craved Skittles.
9. Why George Zimmerman did not go to jail for killing Trayvon Martin.
8. Why Breaking Bad  is a great television show; why they cannot watch Breaking Bad.
7. That despite what Kanye West proclaims , Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are not more influential than President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
6. That even in faraway Montana, a teacher cannot rape a 14-year-old girl and blame it on her; why even an esteemed judge can be wrong  when it comes to something as blatant as rape of a teenager by an adult.
5. Why a 14-year-old rape victim would kill herself afterwards.
4. Why 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick  killed herself; why her Florida classmates would bully her and taunt her into killing herself.
3. That grown men such as Richie Incognito and Aaron Hernandez, who are also uber-rich, talented, professional football players, can be just as idiotic, self-destructive and dangerous  as Rebecca Sedwick's adolescent peers.
2. That Miley Cyrus almost became Time Magazine's Person of the Year .
1.That children living under my roof cannot have a Facebook page until their 15th birthday.
Although #1 was not exactly international news, my Facebook restriction was the most discussed topic in our house.
I promise you, my parents never faced these kinds of topics when I was a teenager. The bad news is that "news" like this at times baffles me into a parenting coma. The good news is that I keep trying to explain my views to my kids, and that sometimes, they agree with me. (Although never about the Facebook page.)
What are your top ten most dumbfounding stories of 2013? How did you explain them to your kids?
Originally posted on ModernMom.com