Injustices of youth: when it’s right for you to speak up

Though I didn’t have words to articulate it at the time, looking back I realize these could be filed under “Injustices of Youth”: In 6th grade: The boy I liked gave me a letter another girl had given him.  It was laced with profane words and (sexual) actions I had never heard of; horrified, I turned (read more…)

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Simple (?) marriage advice

Though my niche at Simple Mom is parenting teenagers, Tsh extended freedom to her contributors to deviate from our typical topics while she is on break this summer. I decided to take advantage of her offer, with one caveat: This post isn’t for all readers; it’s written for those who are married. Single moms, you (read more…)

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Room to build

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Unattributed Chinese proverb As is often the case, one of the best things a parent can give their teenager is hardly a thing at all: it’s room. Room… to make (read more…)

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Words will never hurt me?!

I‘m embarrassed to admit it, and its truth pains me, but I’m almost certain the people to whom I’ve spoken most hatefully are my own children and husband.  I’ve wondered if I’m the only one who does this. Why do the people I love most receive the worst treatment I have to offer?  Thankfully, mean (read more…)

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What’s your definition of successful parenting?

Mary Jane was the first person I ever hired, and I vividly recall her response to my question about her greatest accomplishment: “Raising my two sons to be responsible adults, both out of college with meaningful careers, considerate of and generous to others, and one now married and expecting his first baby.” It wasn’t the (read more…)

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