Managing Holiday Expectations

November 22, 2009

This will no doubt be a very emotionally difficult holiday season, and most everyone will not be able to afford to buy whatever they did  in better financial times.

Holidays are often felt as celebrations requiring plenty of food, decorations and presents to make it special and fun. From Thanksgiving through Christmas stores will be providing tons of temptations with sales and kids doing their usual “PLEASE, can I have that?” The guilt from whatever you feel you have not gotten for your child (time with you, having more fun with them, past items you couldn’t buy) may propel you further to desire buying more than you can afford. Read the rest of this entry »


So You’re the Wicked Stepmother….

November 22, 2009

Marriage is hard, yet rewarding. It takes a lot of work to maintain a good marriage. Adding children into the equation adds even more complexity and can make it more stressful. And when the children are his and you are their stepmother, you now you have a real tightrope to walk. The wicked stepmother is infamous for a reason. No matter how much the kids like you or how wonderful you are you still REPRESENT the hard reality that they cannot live with their mom and dad together. Read the rest of this entry »


Talking to Your Adolescent About Sex & Puberty

November 21, 2009

Even in 2009, it is very difficult for many parents to talk with their kids about their bodies, puberty and sex.  Below are some tips on having this conversation with your children.

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The State of Marriage: Kids and Your Sex Life

November 18, 2009

What was once about just the two of you — fun, spontaneity, impulsivity, sex whenever you felt like it, juggling only each other’s schedules — now becomes much more complicated. Many couples find it difficult enough to negotiate between just the two of them let alone when they have a third, fourth or fifth person whose needs must be met.

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