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 …

Tell Them Your Story

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  These past several weeks, I have posted facts about violence in dating relationships among teens, signs that your dating relationship may not be healthy and how to set boundaries in relationships. Teens who find themselves in violent dating relationships are in danger of continuing the pattern as adults.  …

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 …