Is It Inappropriate to Call Kids ‘Sexy’?

“You look sexy!” exclaims my neighbor to my 6-year-old daughter. I laugh uncomfortably because though I know she’s showing some knee, I’d never call her sexy. She’s cute. Kids are cute. They’re not doing anything to warrant sexual attention. My daughter looks at me confused because we’ve had conversations about the word "sexy" in the past, ...

What Lessons Are You Passing On To Your Kids?

“When am I going to start dance lessons?” my 6-year-old daughter asks me at the park, soon after discovering that her new friend just came from ballet class. “We’ll see,” I tell her. “That’s what you said the last time.” “I know,” I reply. While she runs back to the monkey bars, I’m left with a horrible feeling in ...

Who’s Your Daddy? Should Kids Call Mom’s Boyfriend Dad?

Should your boyfriend discipline your kids? “Hell, no!” says my aunt, commenting about a recent article I wrote. Never one to hold back her opinion, she tells me that it reminds her of women who let their kids call their boyfriends ‘daddy.’ “If that ain’t your real dad, don’t call him that,” she says, adding ...

Is There Life After The Kids Move Out?

Today was one of those mornings. First, I got up 30 minutes late from pulling a long night working on the computer and, as usual, the rest of my morning was spent catching up, making sure that my girls made their bed, brushed their teeth, ect. There’s nothing I hate more than showing up in the ...

Is It Ever Too Late To Heal The Relationship With Your Mom?

A story my girlfriend shared with me the other day about a phone conversation with her mom... “Tell me what you want from the house when I go.” “Go where?” Bree said to her mom. “You know, when I die.” “Die!? What’s wrong?? Are you sick???” Bree panicked. “No. I just want to be prepared.” This was so weird. “I can’t, ma, ...