I just had to explain homecoming to my completely baffled 14-y-o a couple days ago because her school doesn't have sports. It felt like describing some bizarre ancient ceremony, and I didn't even get into the weird shit that went on during the pregame bonfire at my first high school. » 9/22/14 10:47am Yesterday 10:47am

I don't have any advice or anything, but I relate so very much to all of those feelings. It's so hard not being able to explain it to those closest to you no matter how hard you try or how much they want to understand. I'm sending you many hugs, since that's about all I can do from here. Take care of yourself. » 9/19/14 5:52pm Friday 5:52pm

We have full access to everything our daughter does with all of her electronic devices and she knows it. She also knows we don't use it. It's there in case a situation arises where we need to know for sure what has been done or said. We did read through her text message log once, after telling her we were going to,… » 9/19/14 5:19pm Friday 5:19pm

I was pretty flip with my daughter when she came out as bisexual about a year ago, and she appreciated my response. If you know your kid well, you should have a decent idea how they're going to take your reaction. She dropped it into conversation super casually in the car one day, I said cool, and we continued on with… » 9/19/14 12:04am Friday 12:04am

When I was five or so I started throwing a tantrum over something dumb and my mom told me to go in my room and come back when I was ready to be reasonable. Her friend who was over scoffed and said "on what planet is that supposed to work?", then practically choked on her tongue when I turned around and walked to my… » 9/16/14 12:21pm 9/16/14 12:21pm

We're in that boat together. I just had another talk with my 14-y-o daughter because her relationship has been getting more serious. I hope she waits a while because, knowing her as I do, I don't think she's emotionally there yet. The good thing is, I think she will. She told me she knows she isn't ready to, even if… » 9/15/14 6:16pm 9/15/14 6:16pm

This is super interesting information for me. I have low iron (I get so horribly anemic sometimes if I'm not being careful) and a fluctuating sex drive. I know the iron issue can make me feel completely crappy, but for some reason it never occurred to me it could be affecting my libido. But, now that you mention it,… » 9/15/14 12:37pm 9/15/14 12:37pm

When we lost out on our perfect house, I was devastated. I cried, I pouted, I stomped around for two or three days. I even drove by it once, just to take a last longing look. Then I got back online and found five more houses to go check out. Within a week we had our offer accepted on an also-awesome house in the same… » 9/14/14 7:56pm 9/14/14 7:56pm

Oh man, there are so many. My parents, my daughter and I moved into my grandmother's house while ours underwent some remodeling. LittleSparrow was not quite four. From the first night she refused to sleep in her bedroom because the room made her dizzy. A few days later I heard her back there talking, like kids do when… » 9/14/14 7:02pm 9/14/14 7:02pm

I do this too! It makes things more fun. I get in two miles with the dog most mornings (working my way up to every single morning) then randomly throw in bursts of dancing and whatever else I feel like doing right in the moment. I want to start jumping rope, but I need a better sports bra first. » 9/14/14 1:44pm 9/14/14 1:44pm