How to talk to your kids about SEX
Oct03

How to talk to your kids about SEX

Being a parent is awesome, yet can be very challenging. We are faced with many awkward or uncomfortable discussions we NEED to have with our kids. But, we weren’t given an instruction manual either, so we have to do the best we can. One of the most important talks you need to have with your child is the one about sex. Parents often wonder when, why, how, and how often to talk to their kids about sex. What is the best approach to...

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Death of my ex-mother-in-law
Sep24

Death of my ex-mother-in-law

Last Sunday morning I had to take my ex-husband and my daughter Brianna to the airport for an emergency trip to New Hampshire.  My daughter’s grandma had a stroke and was in the hospital.  She was only 70 years old, but had lived primarily off of Pepsi and cigarettes most of her life. The doctors suggested that all family get there asap, because while she was in the hospital, she suffered another stroke. I was very unsure if my...

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Gay Teens- Suicide, Bullying, and Tips for Parents
May05

Gay Teens- Suicide, Bullying, and Tips for Parents

Chances are, you know a gay teen, are a gay teen, or have a son or daughter who is a gay teen.  This is definitely not any kind of new topic or situation, but yet is still not accepted.  And even worse, these teenagers have it made very clear to them daily, that it is NOT acceptable.Being accepted, and not rejected is a need that everyone has, whether gay or straight.  So why are gay teens treated so horribly? Why does anyone think it...

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The Challenges and Strengths of Single Moms!
Feb18

The Challenges and Strengths of Single Moms!

According to Wikipedia, 83.1% of single parents are mothers. There are many reasons a woman might be a single mom. For instance, their husband may have died, they may be divorced, they may have never been married, or could have chosen adoption, artificial insemination, or in vitro fertilization. But, being a single mom is the hardest job there is! No matter the reasons why, the challenges they face are still the same. Since the...

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Teen Pregnancy Facts, Statistics and Comparisons
Jan30

Teen Pregnancy Facts, Statistics and Comparisons

Being a teen mom seems to be getting a lot of publicity these days, unlike many years ago when it was hushed, and never discussed. There are now regular shows on television such as Teen Mom and Pregnant at 16. I am not sure if they are promoting teen pregnancy, or trying to spread awareness. Either way, it is a reality for many. United States teen pregnancy rate compared to other countries By comparison of countries, the U.S. teen...

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WARNING: Teen Driver
Jan26

WARNING: Teen Driver

Do you have a teenager in the house who just started driving? It is extremely scary for the parents of the teen, and everyone else on the road. Unlike most teenagers, my daughter waited until she was 18 to get her driver’s license. But, that just made her older, not wiser, or any more experienced. By the time she was 20, she had already been in 2 car accidents that were her fault, and is now driving her 3rd vehicle she had to...

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Parents Living With Their Adult Children

I recently wrote an article about my adult child moving back home with me. Then I started thinking about how many parents end up moving in with their adult children. I guess it’s a good thing that I let my 20 year old daughter move in with me, because I just might need the favor returned some day. Did you know that it is estimated, that over 22 million households in the United States are providing a home to a parent or friend...

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Adult Children Moving Back In

Adult – Children, now there is an oxymoron! It has been a month now since my 20 year old daughter moved back in with me. Janaya will be 21 in July, and has been out on her own since she was 18, but recently moved back home. She is not what is called a “boomerang” kid. During the years she was gone, but still only 5 minutes away, she did pretty well for herself. She has worked since she was 15, and has only asked me...

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