My Tattooed Teenager

She'd been asking for years.  My firstborn, with the red hair and creamy skin, wanted a tattoo.  For years she's been asking.The child who, if she could, would paint her room a different color every other month.  The child who, if her parents could, would ask them to rearrange the furniture in her room every other week.  The child who, as a pre-teen, declared matter-of-factly, "I require constant change."  The undeniable implication was, "Is that so wrong?  Is that so difficult?  Why is nobod … [Read more...]

The Plan B Pill: If It Were MY Daughter…

...I'd want Plan B to be available over the counter. I say this realizing there are great moral complexities involved here.  I've thought about it a lot regarding under-age girls seeking abortion.  When it comes to abortion, I ask myself, "Would I want to be notified if it were my daughter?  Would I want the doctor to insist on my consent if it were my daughter?  My husband's consent?  If my daughter was 15?  What about if my daughter was 13? 12?"  Of course the answer to all of these questions … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here's why I love this comic strip very much.One might read this and think its creators are saying, "Damn teenagers.  They have no vocabulary.  They never talk to us.  They never TELL us anything."I see something completely different in this comic strip.1.  Teenagers are moody.2.  Teenagers have trouble figuring out what's bothering them.3.  Even if they know what's bothering them, they have trouble articulating it.4.  Parents should keep their questions simple.  Like, "Trouble?"5. … [Read more...]

Brave New World of Parenting

photo by koko-tewan, freeditigalphotos.net

I am so proud of my kids.  Most people are proud of their kids, but this week, I feel especially proud.My husband and I did something very scary this weekend.  We left the kids home by themselves overnight.  It was my daughter's idea.Now, those of you who have declared us delusional and insane, please allow me to explain how this situation evolved.My parents, incredibly generous souls that they are, have in the last few years taken a new approach to birthdays and anniversaries.  Once … [Read more...]


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