There are quite a lot of useful things on the internet for our children to see. It seemingly has everything that anyone could want or need to know. There are drawbacks, though, as there can be damaging things that a child could see online. This includes a myriad of things including pornography or even some explicit language in a chatroom. Year after year there are child predators online looking to take advantage of innocent children. As parents, you should establish ground rules for your children’s online activity....more
The first time I thought about killing myself, I was eleven. I’d had some trauma in my life, unspeakable things that my tween self could not articulate. Pain that ran deep, seated into my soul. I could not get away from it.
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Somehow my son graduated 5th grade today. He is an official middle schooler and will head off to Jr High in the fall. At some point someone broke into our house, stole my baby boy and replaced him with a young man who reeks of B.O and makes fart jokes. I honestly never thought I would see the day where I would be the parent of functioning humans called middle schoolers. Will is nowhere near ready for the huge transition that awaits him in the fall....more
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the people in our lives all wanted what we want, so we could just chase our heart’s desires, and they’d all be happy to chase them with us? Ahh. Let’s all take a moment to savor that wonderful fantasy....more
Many people dream of holding their little babies in their arms and hope that maybe one day they will grow up to be like them. They mold them to follow their views, laugh when they mimic Daddy’s funny faces, and consider their children a part of them that will carry on. I look at my kids I think “I hope I don’t screw this up.”...more
My 12-year-old daughter said the "B" word. No, not that one. The other one that has the same effect of stopping you in your tracks: Boyfriend. She would like permission to start dating. [Insert heavy sigh here.]OK, at this age, it's completely expected. Although I am not ready for this phase to happen just yet, I do accept that it is a normal part of a tween's young life....more