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Why sex education? Why now?

What do your kids know about sex? It’s often hard to say, particularly around those middle school years and the first years of high school.  Much before that, and as a parent you can assume that they’ve learned everything they know either from you, their school, or some other place that you’re aware of.  Towards […]

Parental self worth

I recently finished reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory for the first time. (I know, I know, color me behind on the latest novels. Blame it on grad school, children, and running my own business and move on please.) Now, I’ve read up on some of the controversy on whether Mary Boleyn was […]

Does this metaphor even work?

As you may remember, I’ve been writing my book this week. With my nose stuck deep into my computer keyboard for hours every day, I have found myself having fun with metaphors. And then suddenly I worried that I’m the only one who has any idea what I’m even saying. So I’d love for you […]

Books for Pregnant/Parenting Teens

Last week I wrote about a book for pregnant teens, and said I wish I had something iron clad to recommend instead. I’ve thought about that over the ensuing week, and realized that while I don’t have one single book to recommend, I do have several that when put together I think might cover all […]

The Body Project, by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

The Body Project is a great book to give you a historical understanding of how American society developed to the point where girls are obsessed with their bodies. The story begins with how the time-line of reproductive development has changed over many years from the mid-teens to late-childhood. The Body Project goes on to discuss […]

What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know, by Rev. Debra Haffner

Take a deep breath, folks, because I’m about to tell you about a book that is not going to shock or amaze you with the horrors of raising children or teenagers in today’s world. Rather, I am going to tell you about a book that endeavors to calm the frenzy that the media has whipped […]

Sex, by Heather Corinna

This is a great book. The full title is actually: s.e.x.: the all-you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college. That’s a pretty long title, but long book titles seem to be trendy these days. The title also sets up a pretty big goal for itself. Corinna goes most of the […]

Hope…Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens

Rachel Brignoni set out to write a book to help pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers think through what they want in life and then go out and get it. And she stayed true to that goal throughout this little blue-covered book. I really like Brignoni’s premise, her goal. Pregnant and parening teenagers need all the […]

A week of books…

This week is a week of books.  During the rest of the week I will review four very different books that have been sitting on my desk over the past few months. I’m starting the week off Tuesday with Hope…Joy and a Few Little Thoughts for Pregnant Teens by Rachel Brignoni.  This is a book […]

The Big Conversation about…plastic surgery?

Ready to be appalled? The big story that’s been making the rounds on lots of blogs this week is about a new book coming out that explains mom’s upcoming plastic surgery to kids in much the same way that other books explain going to the dentist or non-standard family organization. You can find more about […]