Young Adults

Being Normal

I received a note from a good friend who is reading the book Susan Yates and I wrote, Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest. She wrote, “Read more…

Nobody is Exempt

One of my greatest desires is to have a close relationship with my children. Although our relationship is far from perfect, I am thankful that they at least know that…

Resolving Stepfamily Conflict

Recently during a life coaching session I encountered a stepmom who had a track record of acting negatively toward her adult stepson and his wife. They perceived her as harsh,…

Wedding Season Worry

Wedding season has arrived! I just read in a community magazine that, ages and ages ago, June became the traditional month for weddings because people took their annual (as in…

Mother-in-Law Sagas

I love to tease my mother-in-law Darlyne because the first time my husband John saw me we were at church. I was the 16-year-old cutie sitting in the back row….

Erasing Virginity

A few years ago when I was writing What Are You Waiting For: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex, I interviewed a handful of female students…

10 Timely Teen Tips

Raising teens is very rewarding and very frustrating all at the same time. One week we want to control everything they do, the next we want to wash our hands…

Don’t Freak Out

A few days ago, I was sitting with my 12-year-old daughter on the couch, listening to her describe some things that had happened on a school trip. I was shocked…

Exit Bitterness

My mother and grandmother had a contentious relationship. I say “relationship” very gingerly. As a youth the divorce of her parents put a wedge between them that would last until…

Hugs from Home

I had my first four children in three and one half years. My oldest, a girl, was so easy to keep up with through her high school and college years….

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