Topic: raising teens

DMV Made Gender Non-Conforming Teen Remove Makeup Because We All Know The DMV Sucks

DMV Made Gender Non-Conforming Teen Remove Makeup Because We All Know The DMV Sucks

Chase Culpepper was so excited to get his driver’s license but that all changed once the DMV staff in South Carolina told him he wasn’t allowed to wear makeup in his photo, because according to Beth Parks ( of the DMV) staff at the office had been following state policy. The policy, which had been updated in 2009 to say: ‘At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity’ means that Chase wasn’t allowed to wear makeup in his photograph. More »

Reading Is The Best So You Parents Better Get Your Dumb Teenagers Some Books

Reading Is The Best So You Parents Better Get Your Dumb Teenagers Some Books

There is a very disheartening report out from Common Sense Media that claims that teens aren’t reading books for pleasure because they are too busy playing with their stupid iPhones and watching Netflix. According to the study, nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that. I’m so sad to hear this because when I was a teen and young adult, reading was one of my very favorite things to do and reading taught me so much about the world and humanity and myself. More »

I Would Rather My Kids F Like (Responsible) Bunnies Than Have A ‘Chaste Courtship’ Like The Duggars

I Would Rather My Kids F Like (Responsible) Bunnies Than Have A 'Chaste Courtship' Like The Duggars

Their sex lives are not my business. As long as they are being responsible and consensual and healthy. And more than that I would never tell them I want them to enter into a chaste courtship, just like I wouldn’t tell them they should go bone a mess of people before marriage. But I’d be lying if I said that the whole idea of a chaste courtship really creeps me out. I would (secretly) prefer that they have a whole lot of (healthy, safe, happy, consensual) sex before marriage. If they even decide to get married. More »

Parents Claim The Runaway Cheerleader Is Staying With Friend’s Family Because It’s A Boozefest

Parents Claim The Runaway Cheerleader Is Staying With Friend's Family Because It's A Boozefest

I have a teenager. If he asked me if he could have a booze party I would laugh in his face and when I was done laughing in his face I would drink all the booze. I do sort of find it hard to believe the Inglesino’s supplied young teenagers with booze, but then again, I have a hard time understanding hiring a limo to take your kid to a major city for her birthday with friends. I plan on all of my kid’s parties to include what they always have, hot dogs from Costco and Nerf Gun fights in the backyard. More »

You’re Going To Have A Hard Time Having Sympathy For Runaway Rachel Canning

You're Going To Have A Hard Time Having Sympathy For Runaway Rachel Canning

I’m the type of person who usually sides with kids and young adults when it comes to issues they have with their parents. I’m a parent, I know we can be annoying and unfair and we easily forget what it was like to be 18. Growing up is hard. But after reading new allegations in the case of New Jersey’s Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old Catholic high school student who ran away to live with her friend and is now suing her parents for child support, I’m having a very difficult time finding sympathy for this girl.
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10 Reasons I Love Birth Control For Teens – Illustrated By Adorable Puppies

10 Reasons I Love Birth Control For Teens - Illustrated By Adorable Puppies

When I made the choice to become a parent, one of my responsibilities was and is to keep my kids safe. No matter how old they are. I’m never going to be one of those arrogant parents who think oh my kid will never have premarital sex. I’m not thrilled with the idea of my kids having sex as teenagers, but I’m not naive enough to believe that no matter how much I tell them they should only have sex when they are emotionally, financially and mature enough to handle an unplanned pregnancy that will happen. More »