Without Me

I am the mother of two growing children, a fourteen-year-old and an eleven-year-old.  Up until this summer, any time that we've been separated, I have been the one to leave them.  Usually for short weekend jaunts, they've gone to grandparents' houses or friends for sleepovers, while my husband and I sneak out for some "together time."  I've left them for work, too....more

Saying Goodbye to Caregiving

My mom married my stepfather over 20 years ago. When I first met him, he was strong, forceful, overwhelming. He was a lawyer and liked to bark at people. We didn't get along, but he loved my mother. It was so obvious, and she loved him back.  He was almost 15 years older than her, but it didn't make any difference.  They got married and we all learned to live together. It helped that I was an adult, although barely - I was in college and no longer lived at home full time. ...more

Parenting a Teen Isn't That Scary

When I had my first child, I thought that the beginning stages of parenthood had to be the most difficult.  I had no idea how to get this baby of mine to stop crying, to nurse, to sleep.  I learned on the fly, with little sleep and lots of fears that I was messing it all up....more

I Think Plan B Should Be Available to Everyone, Out from "Behind-the-Counter"

Plan B, the medication to be taken if unprotected sex or "barrier failure" happens (read: condom malfunction,) should be available to everyone, regardless of age.Teenagers can already buy condoms without having to provide ID or speak to a pharmacist.  Thank goodness - most teenagers, in my opinion, would rather skip the condoms altogether than have to ask for them.  (I only hope most teenagers don't choose to skip the condoms altogether, for any reason!)  Why shouldn't this medication be available to teenagers in the same manner?...more

A True Sex Ed Class is Needed in Every High School

I think we should have in-depth sexual education classes in every high school.  Ones that don't just cover abstinence and "waiting for marriage."  Teenagers across the country (and world!) are having sex.  In fact, they're biologically programmed to do so.  Even when they know what their parents expect and want, and many times because they know what their parents expect and want, they're going to do it.  And to deny them the full knowledge available to them about sexual activity seems criminal....more

Thank You, Michael Douglas: Cunnilingus Is Not a Bad Word!

When Michael Douglas told a newspaper that his throat cancer was caused by the HPV virus, and that he contracted it by having oral sex, I wanted to cheer. Not because he had cancer! But because he had the bravery not only talk about the HPV virus, but also to use the word "cunnilingus." (Image: © Graham Whitby Boot/Allstar/UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)...more
Excellent share and wonderful thing you did bringing your daughter to that workshop. I have a 19 ...more