When I wrote about How to Tell Your Catholic Parents you’re Moving in with your Boyfriend last week, a commenter who disagreed with my decision suggested every relationship, no matter how unique, must go through “standard procedures.” He was respectful in his disagreement and this post is in no way intended to bash or disrespect him. It’s just that his words made me think. Are there indeed standard procedures that every relationship must have and, if so, what are they?
Single-Parent Families constitute a violent attack against the family, or so says the priest I saw the first weekend of the year. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in that post, but not so here. Today, I am going to talk about the reality of sing-parent families and how they are not wrong. They are not a symptom of sin or in some other way shameful. Sure, they’re different from the stereotypical family, but that doesn’t make them any less. Single-parent families are just as valuable as any other.
I’ve discussed bullying on ChapterTK as it’s an issue near and dear to my heart. The average days of my middle school years were horrifying. I remember my parents telling me to just ignore the bullies. They wanted a rise out of me and if I didn’t give that to them, they’d leave me alone. I will never tell any children I might have that same thing. In my experience, bullies will only try harsher and crueller acts until they find the one you can’t ignore. Yet, I worry this discussion on bullying has become overused. People reject so much of it as kids being kids. When is bullying serious and when isn’t it? Is it possible we are too sensitive about bullying these days? Continue reading How Serious is the Issue of Bullying Really?
I don’t know why there’s such a generational divide between parents and children. Why is it normal for teenagers to rebel against parents/authority, to be depressed and to feel misunderstood? Is there seriously some biological reason, or is it our society which promotes this? Continue reading Reluctantly Hiding Due to Generational Divides
I hope you all celebrated a lovely father’s day this past weekend. The boyfriend and I spent this weekend with my parents in Iowa. Since we didn’t have to go anywhere else for the weekend, it ended up being rather relaxing. I saw some family members I hadn’t seen in a while and played some Killer Croquet in the beautiful weather. Continue reading The Luck and Blessings of Family