The transition from middle to high school can be tough for kids and parents. Your sweet little baby is now a young adult with their own ideas and a lot more challenges to face. These six conversations will help you guide their decisions and improve your relationship this summer.
Dating and romantic relationships are really important, yet most people are only so-so at them. Learning things like etiquette, fork usage and the rules regarding when (and when not) to call shouldn't be things people learn by humiliating trial and error. And let's not even get started on how unreasonable it is to expect most youngsters to simply say "sounds fair" when you tell them that having sex is dangerous and they should avoid it at all costs until marriage. But one thing we can do is avoid exposing kids to the mindfark that is matchmaking too early. Indiana parents agree.
The overnight British singing sensation Susan Boyle has given a whole new spin on the term late bloomer. After admitting to never having been kissed, as a 47-year-old woman, the folks over at Smitten asked their readers how many of them were late-bloomers. A late bloomer does not have to mean you are a 40-year old virgin or have never been kissed at age 47. It might mean that you had your first kiss a few years later than your friends seemed to, that your first relationship wasn't until after college, or that you just didn't really grow into your looks until a later age.
People enter detoxification programs to rid their bodies of toxins, lose a little weight, maybe look and feel better about the damage they’ve done to their bodies. But how do you detoxify from poor love decisions? Is there a Promises out there for people who have had one toxic relationship after another? How do you take the damage done from too many bad relationships to enable a fresh start? One writer finds out.
A rather oxymoronic article reported that lesbian and bisexual teens are more likely to get pregnant than heterosexuals. Based off 30,000 seventh to twelfth graders living in British Columbia during the years of 1992, 1998, and 2003 more heterosexuals reported pregnancies overall, but the lesbians and bisexuals got pregnant more often. Researchers think this is due to the bisexual and lesbian girls overcompensating for their same-sex attraction.
Tough times calls for tough cut backs. According to The Wealth Report, a new survey shows that more than 80% of multimillionaires who had extramarital affairs plan to cut back on gifts and allowances for their lovers. 12% of the cheating multimillionaires polled said they plan to give up on their lovers altogether for financial reasons. Sounds like good news for wives of multimillionaires! Yesterday, Match.com reported that its members have officially exchanged over one billion winks, according the WSJ’s Market Watch. (Winks are used to flirt virtually without resorting to formal e-mail introduction. Read more about Match.com here.) The Detroit News reports that a love triangle may be responsible for a fatal fire. The 71-year-old whose home was destroyed by the flames suggested to police that an ex-girlfriend and neighbor–now in custody–may have caused the fire. Sadly, the fire took the life of the homeowner’s new girlfriend.
It’s just so easy to make fun of young’uns in long-term relationships. In our mid-twenties, my friends (and I) still love to harass the goodie-goodie, disciplined, got-it-together couples that can successfully nurse a long-term relationship. Even if some of them are in these elusive relationships themselves. In the hip hop world, these people are known as “haters”, i.e. someone who is unamused by their own shortcomings, therefore projecting their displeasure upon those who succeed in the field, which in this case is a love life. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a love life. Some days, it’s more eventful than others, but it exists. But the traditional, conventional definition of what it’s supposed to be for a woman my age? No.