Sexual Misconduct Isn’t Just for Politicians

It’s always an awkward conversation. After we’ve played some games, talked about what they want in a dating relationship, done a bit of role-playing, we get down to the nitty gritty. Sexual assault. Violence. Rape. Some of the students avert their eyes. Others giggle nervously. A few show concern, even ask questions. I talk to high …

Five Minutes of “Ordinary”

Blogging today at Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. Those were such “ordinary” days — those weeks, months and years when our four boys sat under their Mom’s tutelage. Trying at times, rewarding most of the time, we were just “doing school”. They’re four young men now, off to do life on their chosen paths. I …

When Maybe It’s Okay To Say “You’ve Got a Friend”

Between doing loads of laundry…..checking off that college packing list….swiping at those unbidden tears…. I popped the CD on the top of my music stack into the CD player and was taken back 40 years to my one and only year in college. “You just call out my name, and you know where ever I …

Tell Them About Boundaries

With four sons ranging in age from 17 to 28, we’ve had a wide window on the world of teenage and young adult relationships, and we’ve watched the barriers we constructed to protect them fall away as they and their friends move into adulthood. The harsh reality is that, in a world where we can …

Tell Them That Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Heather Norris loved her family, her friends, school and sports.  Her wide, friendly smile and blonde good looks made Heather popular among her classmates.  As she graduated from high school, Heather made plans for a future that included college and, someday, marriage to the man of her dreams. Sadly, in 2007,  Heather’s life ended too …