My 12-Year-Old Was Blackmailed for Nude Photos Via Kik Messenger

As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about kids’ use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter, and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. ...more
I have a question.  Did you friend talk to her daughter about internet safety?  How did they get ...more

Should Training Bras Be Sexy?

My sweet little thing is turning 12 in a month, and this girl is changing! Not only emotionally, but physically. A couple of months back, her friends started wearing training bras, so needless to say she needed to get one too. The funny part is, I happened to be excited, whether I believed she needed one or not. I was happy she came to me and asked. It was something I didn't do. ...more

I Forgot My Son's First Words and Lied About It

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation or an alphabetized library of scrapbooks as proof that my son did indeed take his first step or speak his first word. But, I can promise you that my now 15-year-old son is a walking, talking teen who can string sentences together and walk from place to place all by himself. ...more
RobertGraves Thanks Robert...nope never forgot him at the store but sometimes I would've liked ...more

Writing Day 1

Today is very important. Today I will be starting towards a goal of daily writing. Not a journal dialogue but an actual novel.As the parent of tween girl, I have become oncreasingly aware that there is a limited number of age appropriate books that don't involve a romantic interest.  As women we always say we don't need a guy but we are inundated with it daily. Even in music....more

My 12-Year-Old Was Blackmailed for Nude Photos Via Kik Messenger

As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about kids’ use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter, and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. ...more
I have a question.  Did you friend talk to her daughter about internet safety?  How did they get ...more

Should Training Bras Be Sexy?

My sweet little thing is turning 12 in a month, and this girl is changing! Not only emotionally, but physically. A couple of months back, her friends started wearing training bras, so needless to say she needed to get one too. The funny part is, I happened to be excited, whether I believed she needed one or not. I was happy she came to me and asked. It was something I didn't do. ...more

One of Many Races

This paragraph was written on Saturday, but I decided not to publish it until today. ...more

Dear Dr. Romance: On my death bed, I will not be in the mood to explain

Dear Dr. Romance: I read your newsletter "How to Heal a Rift with an Adult Child" with joy, how you simplify things for us. I already tried by email, but it got more complicated....more

5 Terrific Tween Vacation Crafts & Activities

Some families vacation in Hawaii, others Disneyland, we take fishing trips.  I don't like fish.  I don't like to catch them, touch them, or eat fish.  Ironic, isn't it?...more

We are raising Entitled Teens. Are today's parents ruining the next generation?

I have 4 children.  2 of them are Karol's kids, and so they are my "step children", and 2 of them are my biological children.  The "step kids" are 22 and 19.  The bio kids are 17 and 15. So we have had some experience raising teens.More and more I am seeing stories about teenagers and young adults who feel they are "entitled" to things.  I read about Generation Y and how they feel as though society and their parents "owe" them jobs, opportunities, etc.  They don't feel they have to work for things....more

Looking Back from a Milestone

My son finished elementary school last month, and while he seems to be approaching the idea of middle school with aplomb (or at least with an 11-year-old's casual coolness), I’m having a bad case of nostalgia right now. We’re at a family milestone, but I remind myself that such milestones are only the most prominent markers along a path full of signs and wonders....more