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8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier
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8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

If you are like most parents I talk to, you are crazy nervous about talking to your kids about sex. Whether they are 5 or 15, talking to your kids about sex doesn’t have to be this big, overwhelming ordeal. In fact, having many conversations in bite-sized chunks will have the most lasting impact over time. These strategies are effective regardless of the child’s age. I’m going to give you a few guidelines you can follow to make while talking to your kids about sex a little easier to handle. This isn’t an easy topic, but it’s not one you should fear.

How Often Do You Monitor Electronic Devices That Your Child Uses?
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How Often Do You Monitor Electronic Devices That Your Child Uses?

As a parent, you have to be proactive. If you did not know the answers to those questions I mentioned above then your child is at risk of being taken advantage of by a child sex predator. No, I am not just being an alarmist. I am not chicken little and the sky is not falling. However, children are falling prey to online sex predators far too often. Besides that, they are being exposed to pornography, inappropriate content, and even illegal content. If your child is trading in pirated music, movies, and software, you can be sued for thousands of dollars. Do you really think saying, “You should not do that” is enough if there is a song or a movie they really want and they know you will never find out about it?

5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD - FP
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5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

Over the past 12 years, I’ve been raising a son with ADHD. It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been horribly hard either. Just like any child, a child with ADHD has their good days and bad days. The only problem? Those bad days can and typically are much much worse than a raising a son with ADHD. Anyone who knows anything about raising a son with ADHD knows the typical struggles: Inattentiveness, Doing everything EXCEPT what needs to be done, Temper tantrum throwing, Being impulsive, Forgetfulness…..Oh, and the list could go on and on…… probably for at least another 100 bullet points…

I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women
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I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I’m sure many of you so-called men are sick of hearing about how boys are raised to respect women. Oh well. If you’re a man, you shouldn’t have to be sick of hearing it, you should be helping us change it. Well, let me tell you something…. us women are sick of you so called men being disrespectful to women so much that we have to raise our sons to be respectful.  We shouldn’t have to instill respect to our sons if they had men in their lives that respect women. This isn’t going to be a bash men post, it’s a post about how I teach my sons to respect women. As much as I know some women would love for me to do that, but because I know there are far more men out there that do respect women and treat all of the women in their lives with the utmost respect, love, and care.

What Do You Do When You Find out Your Child Does Drugs
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What Do You Do When You Find out Your Child Does Drugs?

Are you concerned that your son, daughter, or family member is doing drugs? Is the prospect of having to take them to a clinic too horrible for you to even contemplate? This past week my husband and I had a sneaky suspicion about our oldest son doing drugs. We knew it wasn’t anything hard, but knew it was at least marijuana. We talked it over and decided to drug test him to be 100% sure. I didn’t make it a big deal and just told him “Look, it’s just to be on the safe side and so I know what’s going on in your life!” And that’s the thing, as parents, we need to know what our kids are doing. Whether it’s drugs, dating, or self-harming. We need to be aware of the changes in our children’s personality, actions, and persona.

The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids To Have FP
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The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The other day my youngest son was playing a popular game on the Xbox One. I overheard the conversations a few kids and my son was having and he said something that surprised me since we’ve talked about internet safety quite a bit. He mentioned that he was only 12 and that he was home with his mom and that …

Most Awesome Mom Award because of Google Chromecast Audio
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I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

If your home is anything like mine, you have at least one boombox in the house that isn’t Bluetooth enabled. *gasp* I know I know… I’m living in the “dark ages” according to my kids. Heck, we still rely on actual alarm clocks, that my husband and I have probably had since at least 2005, and not our cell phones …

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