The Girlfriend Scale – Do You Judge Your Teens Dates?

where do your teens love interests rank

On a scale from Brittney to Jennifer, my son’s current girlfriend is way closer to Jennifer than Brittney, and that is a good thing. Let me explain. My son did himself an incredible disservice in the seventh grade. He started dating Jennifer. It’s not that Jennifer was bad. It’s quite the opposite. Jennifer was, and […]

How to Train a Man in 13 Steps

13 things girls need to know about boys

It’s interesting to be the father of a young woman who is in college and dating. What’s interesting is not the act of dating – I really don’t want to think about the whole thing – but the realization that she’s saying things about her boyfriend that her mother (and the unfortunate ladies I dated […]

Family Traditions – Ladies in Red

Ladies in Red

Ladies in Red  Valentine’s Day is less than 5 months away!  I’m all set. On the right in this photo is my Mommy.  On the left is my Baby, wearing my Mommy’s Valentine’s Day dance dress from February 14, 1958.  The dress is rich with antiquity, history, and love…  it fits Baby Girl’s soul as […]

Helping Your Teen Survive Valentine’s Day

surviving valentines day as a teen

Teens and Valentine’s Day When I was in high school, cheerleaders sold flowers on Valentine’s Day for one dollar with notes attached to them from the sender. As a cheerleader, I’d deliver them to unsuspecting girls or guys during the last hour of school. There were squeals of joy from girls beaming that someone bought […]

Is it Trendy to Date a Geek Nowadays?

Here is a question for you: do you remember when being a geek was a bad thing? I know I sure do, being that I was one my entire childhood. The “cool” kids didn’t play video games or like science fiction. They didn’t dream of taking the ring to Mordor or being a Jedi. They […]

The Day I Told My Daughter About Rape

teaching our daughters about rape

I had given her a lot of freedom since our move, more than I would have in New Jersey.  The small town to which we had relocated in coastal North Carolina had a Mayberry feel.  It was quiet in the off season but not deserted.  The neighbors looked out for one another yet politely minded […]

Is Your Teen Is Being Victimized In A Dating Relationship?

recognizing the signs of dating violence in teens

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. But intimate partner violence doesn’t begin when a ring is on a finger or when the guy moves in. It also happens in teen dating relationships. Consider these facts: In 2001, 1 out of 5 female high school students reported being physically and/or sexually abused by a partner (Jay […]

Love in the Tween Years

Nothing strikes fear in a parent’s heart like these words from your 11-year-old, “Mom, I’m in love.” When you have twins that come home and say it, it is a recipe for a crazy stew of hormones. I can’t say this is foreign territory. I was always boy-crazy. I was told this from as early […]