There are a handful of assumptions people may make when you say that you don’t plan on starting a family, especially if you are a woman. The truth is, if you don’t want to have children for any reason, it’s valid! If you don’t want to have children, you are not wrong, and you are not alone. Here are five more reasons why it is completely okay to decide not to become a parent.
My darling Son, this is not a conversation any boy wants to have with his mum at any age. But it’s a conversation we must have nonetheless. I would be failing in my duty as a parent, guide, and woman if I did not share the following information with you – information that has the power to impact greatly upon your future sex life. And your relationships. So listen carefully. This is important.
Our daughter is Autistic. With the right accommodations and supports, she can have everything she wants out of life – but there’s a lot to do as parents between now and adulthood. So how do we go about raising a confident young woman in an ableist world? I think that the answer lies at the intersection of supporting feminism and destroying ableism.
(Trigger Warning) Talking to your kid about sexual abuse probably seems worse than even talking about sex. But given the statistics, your child is much more likely to be molested than to be hit by a car when crossing the street. Here’s how you can reduce your child’s vulnerability to sexual abuse and increase the chances they’ll tell you after something happens.
If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, it’s likely that you’ve been affected by bullying. With approximately 30% of students reporting being bullied and far more being peripherally affected or even traumatized by bullying, it’s a weighing concern on parents’ minds. That’s why I wanted to offer a quick read for parents who are concerned about it.
At some point in our lives, most people will need to take off an extended period of time to deal with a family or medical issue. Despite this, only 12% of workers in America receive paid family leave through their jobs. And the lucky ones that do are disproportionately well-educated, high-earning, and male. But what about the rest of us? What happens if we fall ill or have a child?
From a young age, boys are bombarded with images of the traditional model of masculinity as being strong, ready to fight, sexually entitled, and emotionless except for anger. And while many men aren’t violent, many fear being called “gay” or “girly” if they deviate from that norm too much. Here’s some ways to help your son develop his own sense of healthy masculinity.
Some parents may not be aware of the ways some of their early parenting tactics and behaviors have been undermining the value of consent in their children. How can you identify these moments in your own parenting interactions? In this episode, Paige Lucas-Stannard discusses how these ways of communicating with our children are a danger toward their understanding of consent.
It is a very dangerous thing to define someone as good or bad, especially when that someone is young. Behaviors, choices, and actions can be good or bad, helpful or hurtful, well-meaning or malicious. A person, on the other hand, is a shell — with options to do and say things in according with, or in opposition to, the expectations of the people they are around, simply experiencing your life, making decisions, learning, and growing.
I am all for rethinking, reforming, and in most cases, smashing gender-based norms. But if bucking gender norms is going to be the key criterion for bad-assitude, I wonder: Would a boy earn bad-ass points for choosing a Tinkerbell Halloween costume, or for getting a pedicure, as my son once did with me (at his request) before he stumbled face-first into the gender divide? My guess is no.