The pulls of life…

Today I am thinking about all of the ways life pulls you.  Or at least all of the ways it pulls me.  So many ups and downs!

On the upside, I just got news that the Austin Planned Parenthood is starting a parent education program!  I am so, so delighted!  I don’t know if I will be affiliated with them in any way, but it is always good to have more people out there, educating parents on how to talk with their kids about sex and sexuality.

On the downside, I just found out that I am not being asked to teach a much-beloved course of mine next summer.  I am quite bummed, both personally and financially.  Because I have taught this course the last two summers, and because I have gotten quite good teacher evaluations from both, I assumed I would be asked back.  However, after my clear surprise and disappointment, the department assured me it has nothing to do with their understanding of my competence or anything else – just their requirement as the economy tightens and their full-time teaching staff wants more hours.  That was good to hear.  But it is really a very fun, fast moving, energizing class.  So I’m disappointed.

And then another up: I am also looking forward to attending a training put on by the Texas Freedom Network later this month on how to effectively advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in our public schools.

And my last rant-of-the-day: Sometimes I’m not perfect.  I do what I can, honestly, but if you think I will always do the ideal, I will disappoint.  (This is written as much to me as it is to everyone else out there!)

But here’s where the real downer comes into play: It’s freaking cold.  I know, I know, it’s far, far colder even slightly north of here which is almost everyone.  But I’m a wimp and when it’s cold all I want to do is hibernate.  So that’s probably why I haven’t been writing more here recently and I’m being crabby now that I am!

But never-fear, I am still here, industriously working to promote increased sex education among young and old!

Okay, here’s my totally random, stream-of-consciousness idea of the day:

I should have a superhero persona!  Anyone want to come up with one for me?  I might even find the energy to do a YouTube video of me as a superhero if I like your idea enough.  Leave your ideas in the comment box.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.

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  1. Karen, you may not be perfect, but you ARE a superhero to me, just by being you.

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