A Dad’s Influence

You have likely heard the question, “Where have all the good men gone?” Perhaps you have even uttered those words yourself. Well, apparently they exist. Just check out their website, “The Good Men Project.” They recently published an article, “25 Failsafe Rules for Dads Raising Daughters.” I forwarded this onto my husband and suggest you do the same, unless you are a dad who happens to be reading this blog. Coming from the perspective of a teen, I want to focus on a couple of these rules. The first is the #1 rule listed: “Tell her she’s pretty, but tell … Continue reading

Improving Intimacy

I felt challenged recently to write this blog. The web content company that I work for has some new assignments for me, lifestyle articles. I am used to writing about the law, so this was a great opportunity to write about something different. When my editor was describing the content, she said, “Think Cosmopolitan.” Okay, I haven’t picked up one of those magazines in ages…probably a good 20 years. Thankfully I was able to opt out of certain topics that would make me uncomfortable but we had an interesting “discussion” via Skype on whether that magazine really holds any water. … Continue reading

Insurance Blog Week in Review – Week of March 12 – 17, 2012

The Insurance Blog will get anywhere between twelve and fourteen different blogs added to it each week. It can be hard to keep up with them all. The Insurance Blog Week in Review is a great way to “ketchup” on whatever you missed. This week has a lot about my own, personal, attempts to find affordable health insurance. ABS Insurance has Tips for St. Patrick’s Day ABS has a few tips that can help you avoid having to make a car insurance claim on St. Patrick’s Day. Their advice would be helpful for pretty much any holiday that includes a … Continue reading

Keeping them Safe: Good Touch/Bad Touch

We may not want to think about sexual predators but the fact remains they are a threat to the innocence and well being of our children. To keep our children safe we need to teach them how to be safe and open up lines of communication. We need to explain the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching. Many hate to discuss these matters since they feel children are innocent and this knowledge will take innocence away. Why should they have to be burdened that monster really do exist? Frankly, they need to know to protect their innocence. Communicate: Open up … Continue reading

Hating on the Duggars Post Miscarriage

Nothing like kicking a person when she’s down. What’s that timeless saying credited to wise mothers the world over: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. That goes double if you are spewing hate via social media platforms. Just ask followers of Michelle Duggar. The reality TV mom is back in the headlines following the announcement that she miscarried what would have been her 20th child. Michelle told People magazine that she and her husband Jim Bob were at the doctor’s office Thursday to find out the sex of their unborn baby when her … Continue reading

Prepared Father?

Becoming a father was not foremost on my mind when I was growing up. Even the thought of beginning a relationship with a member of the opposite sex gave me so much stress, I avoided it. And yet I knew I probably would marry and have children, and I wanted certain things for them. I wasn’t much of a Scout, either, for a whole host of reasons, and so didn’t practice the Scout motto “Be Prepared.” This has had some negative effects on my life, as I now see the value of being prepared and the benefits the Boy Scouts … Continue reading

How to Apply for a Reality Show

So you want to be on a reality show? Chances are if you are determined, you will land on one. That is because there are now dozens of reality shows in the works, and the production companies behind them are desperate to find unique individuals for these shows. You just need to know where and how to apply. You’ll also want to be prepared with some items before hand, such as photos of yourself and the ability to send in or upload a video, if requested. It also helps to have a lot of friends, since some casting agents will … Continue reading

The Good and the Bad of Social Networking

As with almost anything in life, social networking can have its good sides but it can also have its bad sides. Sometimes the decision to allow your teen to engage in social networking will depend on whether or not you think the bad outweighs the good or vice versa. We have to first acknowledge that social media is likely here to stay. It is not a fad that will die out anytime soon. Keeping up with the world is sometimes the only direction to go. In fact in my career as a writer, you usually need to have knowledge of … Continue reading

Running to Mommy

Getting married means taking a huge step—not only toward your new spouse, but away from friends and family who used to comprise your whole world. You’ll still love them and share time with them, but your focus should be on your new spouse. One of the hardest adjustments that takes place in a marriage is for the bride to learn to lean on her husband instead of on her mother. Now, not every girl has a close relationship with her mother, but for many, their mom is their confidante and their best friend. They turned to their mom for advice … Continue reading

The Difference Between Moodiness and Bipolar Disorder

I was talking to a co-worker the other day and we were discussing a teenage client who has extreme mood swings. One minute he’s happy go lucky, joking and laughing, the next he’s angry at the world and wants to hurt someone. “I’m guessing he’s Bipolar ,” my peer said. I just rolled my eyes. Often people will say things like this when dealing with moody people. After all, most know that people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder have extreme ups and extreme downs. The misconception that most people have is that these ups and downs happen quickly, like mood … Continue reading