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Kid Confessions: But Daddy Never Says “No”

I hate telling my kids, “No.” I hate to see the disappointment. I hate the arguments. I hate the frustration. But, I do it anyway. “No,” is a necessary part of life, part of my job as a mother, and one of the words I use to establish limits and boundaries. I’ve always been extremely … Continue reading

Apologies, Hugs and Secret Fears: The Attached Teenager

There is a lot of focus on attachment parenting in the early years of a child’s life. We know that we need to attend to our baby’s needs throughout the day and night. We ensure that our child feels safe and secure and that we are available. We are creating a strong bond. But as our … Continue reading

When You Give a Boy a Barbie

For most parents, finding out that a new baby is on the way is one of the most exciting moments in life. Who is this new person? Who will my baby look like? And the biggest question of all—is it a boy or a girl? Before ever receiving a name or being held by mother, … Continue reading

My Broken Daughter

Growing up, I experienced nearly every challenge a child could face. My parents divorced when I was two. My father kept me and remarried. We moved constantly and never put down any roots. I was molested by three different men by the time I was ten over a period of at least seven years. I … Continue reading

This Plan B Just Plain Crazy

Plan B is an oral emergency contraceptive that has been all over the news lately. Better known as “the morning after pill,” the medication has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. A federal judge ruled on April 5, 2013 that Plan B was to be made available to all “women,” over-the-counter, regardless of age. … Continue reading

Vine: Harmless Fun or a Parent’s Nightmare?

Vine was introduced a few months ago as the latest and greatest social media application. It’s a video-sharing service owned by and similar to, Twitter. I heard about it from my teenager as a fun new way to share videos with friends and the world. All videos are six-second loops. Sounds harmless, right? I downloaded … Continue reading

Why You Should Tell the WHOLE Truth About Drugs

I’m a big believer in telling my kids the truth. Most of the time. I mean, I still lied about Santa and the Easter Bunny, but those were fun lies. And I don’t make big announcements about what’s going on in my bedroom at night. There are things that we need to lie about, want … Continue reading

But Mom, That’s Private!

As kids get older, they begin to develop a concept of privacy. This typically occurs naturally and of its own accord. It’s appropriate, healthy and to be encouraged. However, absolute privacy, for any person living on my dime and in my home, will never be granted so long as I’m physically able to prevent it. … Continue reading

Take That Skirt Off!

Now, we’ve all said that before to someone, somewhere, for some reason or another. But if you have a teenage daughter who is about to walk out the door to school and find yourself uttering these words, you are one unhappy person. The age-old tug-of-war between parent and child over what to wear to school … Continue reading

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