Kids and Perfectionism

We’ve noticed a trend with kids today. With social media and their lives being so public, they often feel pressure to be “perfect.” I heard one teenage girl share that she usually takes 100 selfies before she finds one she thinks is good enough to post! The pressure to look perfect, act perfect and project … Read more…

Kids and Body Image

We saw this question from a Mom on Facebook and couldn’t wait to answer it:  “My son is overweight. Ever since his friends have made light-hearted fat jokes directed at him, he looks in the mirror every chance he gets. He doesn’t say anything, but by his expression, I can tell he’s feeling insecure and upset. What can … Read more…

Teen pregnancy statistics

  Since the 1990’s, U.S. teen pregnancy rates have been dropping steadily. Unplanned, teen pregnancies can have significantly negative emotional, social and financial consequences. When teen pregnancy rates started dropping, it looked like one of the contributing factors to the decrease in teen pregnancies, was the increase in oral sex and access to online porn, … Read more…

How can you tell if it’s peer pressure?

I loved this question I got from a ten-year-old boy so much I wanted to answer it here. Q – How do you know if you are doing something out of peer pressure, or because you really want to? A – When we feel pressured to do something, we feel a heaviness or tension in … Read more…

Do you share embarrassing stories about your kids?

Have you ever told shared stories about your kids that they might find embarrassing? I know I’ve caught myself asking for advice or sharing things with friends and than later thinking, “Hmm….I probably shouldn’t have said that.” When our kids were little, we talked about everything: stories about sleep, potty training, tantrums, etc. It’s one … Read more…

Torie Stories

Marlene and I probably have spent more time thinking about our childhood sex education and adolescent experiences than all our readers combined. One of the ways to get kids to open up and trust us with important topics is to tell stories about embarrassing/silly things we did when we were kids. They love hearing that … Read more…