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Jan
1

Publication of my Book! “Baby Steps: Redefining the Teen Mom Statistic”

Publication of my Book! “Baby Steps: Redefining the Teen Mom Statistic” Dear Readers, I know it’s been quite a while since my last post, but as you can see from the title, I have good reason!!  Today I share with you one of my dreams come true: the publication of my first book entitled “Baby Steps: Redefining the Teen Mom Statistic.”    Two years ago I was prompted to write the post “I was a Teenage Mom” to which I began to receive tremendous...
Aug
23

Cutting the Umbilical Cord Sooner Than Expected

Cutting the Umbilical Cord Sooner Than Expected There comes a time in every parents life when they must face the fact that their children My Man are with them on borrowed time and eventually the day will come when we must let them go into the wild, on their own, to weather what life has in store for them in hopes that we have equipped them with all the necessary skills they need to survive. Ok, I know that may sound a little more dramatic than...
Jun
2

Bad Teachers…or Bad Students?

Bad Teachers…or Bad Students? Bad teachers…no, I’m not talking about the Cameron Diaz kind of hot, pot-smoking, “I don’t give a shit” attitude, kind of bad teachers.  I’m talking about crappy, sucky, who shouldn’t be teaching cuz they’re really not teaching at all, kind of bad teachers. Ok, before you get all huffy and puffy and give me the “you have no idea what they go through every...
May
15

College Bound High Schoolers: Are Parents Setting Their Kids Up For Failure?

College Bound High Schoolers: Are Parents Setting Their Kids Up For Failure? Ok, so it’s been a while, and I do apologize to my readers who have been waiting patiently for a new story.  The demands of raising teens can be quite….demanding, for lack of better word.  The topic I’m going to share with you is not a funny one.  Instead, it’s quite serious, and for those of you dealing with teens in high school, you’ll be able to appreciate the stressfulness of it.  The...
Jan
12

Teen Boys Watching Porn. Boys Will be Boys?

Teen Boys Watching Porn. Boys Will be Boys? “I’d be concerned if he wasn’t watching porn.”     “That’s my DAWG.” “I wouldn’t worry; he’s about that age.” “It’s perfectly fine and normal.” “It’s not a big deal.” These are just a few of the classically typical male reactions I have received from various friends when asked what they think of my...
Dec
29

“I Love You Mom” Text Messages From Your Teens

“I Love You Mom” Text Messages From Your Teens What?  You don’t get text messages from your teens telling you they love you?  You know, just letting you know they’re thinking of you, they appreciate you, and everything you do for them just for the hell of it?  Not because they want something from you, or because they got in trouble, but simply because they want to let you know they love you, even though they’re in school and...
Nov
5

The Truth Behind Teens & Incentives vs Threats

The Truth Behind Teens & Incentives vs Threats When my youngest son turned into a maniacal toddler who would bite, pull hair, scream and rage all over the house, I knew I was in for trouble if I didn’t look for some disciplinary alternatives, particularly since I adamantly refused to spank my children (never have, never will and, as a former child of corporal punishment, I do not see the logic in it).  So I turned to “positive...
Oct
26

Sext Me Baby!!

Sext Me Baby!! About a month ago, my 13-year-old son shared with me the story of a girl in his class who had taken a naked picture of herself and sent it to the boy she liked, who in turn forwarded it to all of his friends.  Within less than a day, the photo had been circulated throughout the school and everyone had seen it. This is not a new story and for the most part there are one of two reactions to these types of...
Aug
29

Transitioning into Single Motherhood

Transitioning into Single Motherhood For the last seven months I have been hiding something from you, my readers,  and while I of course have had legitimate reasons for keeping this from you, I feel the time has come to reveal the truth. Seven months ago my husband of 16 years ago ended our marriage (I will not get into the details of why or how, as it is irrelevant at this point).  Of course it was an extremely difficult time for me,...
Aug
19

Skinny Dipping in the Mall Water Fountain

Skinny Dipping in the Mall Water Fountain For those of you who have been reading my stories for a while now you may be under the impression that my boys are amazing kids who never get in trouble or do anything wrong. First of all, I would like to apologize if I have misled you in this manner.  I mean, they are pretty amazing kids (they are a by-product of moi after all), but they are far from “perfect” and are definitely prone to...
Aug
9

Natasha Olivera: A badass mom of teen boys & writer

Natasha Olivera: A badass mom of teen boys & writer When I started writing this blog a year ago, I decided that I would not “sell myself out” to corporate sponsorship or advertising, i.e, product reviews, as most other mom & dad bloggers do in order to monetize on their blogs.  Not that I have anything against those who do, I mean every one has to make money somehow right? But I made a choice not to do this. As a writer and as a story...
Aug
6

Thumbs Down to Neighbors Who Hose Down Drummers & Unsupportive Parents

Thumbs Down to Neighbors Who Hose Down Drummers & Unsupportive Parents As I pulled out of the driveway my 15 year old got on the phone with one of his friends.  I wasn’t paying attention to his conversation, but rather searching for a radio station as I pulled onto the main street. “Mom can you pick up D at the ice arena?” “Well aren’t you the clever one!!”  I yelled out at him while attempting to keep my eyes on the road, “You wait...
Jun
30

Parties, Drugs & Sex…Oh My!

Parties, Drugs & Sex…Oh My! “Sooo, you guys don’t want us to smoke pot right?”  The question was being asked by my 15 year old son.  I looked at him from across the table wondering where he was going with the question.  He had a slight smirk on his face as he turned to his father next to him waiting for his reaction.  “No!”  His father proclaimed adamantly.  I, on the other hand, knew better than...
May
16

My Teenage Son is a Warlock

My Teenage Son is a Warlock “My daughter is afraid of your son.”  My friend said to me as she poured us each a glass of wine. “Whyyyy?”  I was taken aback by the statement.  What had my son done to make her daughter afraid of him? “She thinks he’s a warlock.” “Ohhhhh.”  Now I understood.  “Well, maybe she should ask him herself.” I told her. “She...
Mar
18

Study??? Seriously??? What the heck is that???

Study??? Seriously??? What the heck is that??? “I need Sylvan Learning or something like that.” My 14 year old said to me. “What the heck for?” “Cuz I must be retarded!” This is my sons excuse for poor grades; that he must be retarded.  Nice. Mind you, he’s the one that started the conversation about his grades telling me how disappointed he is in himself.  Now, why would you tell me what your grades are...
Mar
8

Letting My Teen Fly Solo; MIA – ATL – MHT

Letting My Teen Fly Solo; MIA – ATL – MHT Last week I took off with my mom, my baby brother and my godmother on a road trip from Miami to Manchester, New Hampshire.  Unfortunately the reason for our trip was to spend time with my aunt (who was like a second mother to me) in her final hours of life.  My aunt, who had also suffered and survived polio at a young age, was diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a Lou Gehrigs disease) almost 10 months ago....
Jan
19

We used to say “idiotic bird brain!”

We used to say “idiotic bird brain!” Ok, so the last two posts I wrote were pretty heavy, deep and as some put it (which I am completely flattered by), “inspiring”.  So I decided to lighten the mood a little this time: Older son says to younger son: “Look what I made,”  and shows him a leather wallet. Younger son asks, “What is it?” Older son sarcastically answers, “A dildo man, what do you...
Jan
13

I Was a Teenage Mom

I Was a Teenage Mom I was carded buying a bottle of wine. I was asked by a cashier if I was my 12 year old’s sister. I dropped off my 14 year old at a friends birthday party and the dad asked me if I was my sons sister. At 33 most people would be flattered by these inquiries.  I, however, am not particularly thrilled by them.  You see, these are small examples of the nuances of having become a mother as a teenager. ...
Jan
4

My Son Wants To Be a Soldier

My Son Wants To Be a Soldier One afternoon, I met up with a colleague of mine for coffee.  We’ve known each other for several years now and she’s aware that my husband is a combat vet.  We casually discussed our children and whatever troubles they might have been giving us at the moment.  On most fronts we agree when it comes to the raising of  children, but I was soon to be disillusioned with how different we were on...
Dec
27

But why mom?! Why, why, why?

But why mom?! Why, why, why? If you’re a parent, or have been around kids and their parents, you know this question well.  The infamous “why” is the epitome of curiosity and intrigue. The truth is though, it can also become extremely annoying. As an observer to this situation you may have noticed parents all too easily dismiss their children with a quick, “just because sweety” answer.  As a parent,...
Dec
22

X-mas with the Teenage Grinches

X-mas with the Teenage Grinches Well, to be fair, the Grinch is really my 14 year old.  My younger one enjoys the Christmas spirit and likes to participate in it.  My 14 year old though, he doesn’t care for anything Christmas, including Christmas trees or Christmas lights.  According to him, buying a tree is a waste of money since you’re just going to throw it out in a month and the lights only run up the electricity bill...
Aug
22

Head Banging Hood Thugs

Head Banging Hood Thugs So my boys are real Rock n’ Roll afficionados.  But, my older son, is a die hard head-banger. In my son’s humble opinion rock music is the only music that is of value and that most rap music, now-a-days, has no artistic value or worth, therefore is a waste of time and audio space. He’s been playing rock since he was 11 after teaching himself how to play the guitar.  Shortly thereafter,...
Jul
30

Who Says There’s No Such Thing As Teenage Love?

Who Says There’s No Such Thing As Teenage Love? For all those who say that teens are incapable of being in love because they are too young, too immature,  too whatever…then you must have never had the pleasure of being in love when you were a teenager. Why do parents tell their kids….”oh hunny it’s just puppy love, you have no idea what being in love is?” Or they talk about being in love as if it’s something that...
Jul
16

Re-turds; a.k.a Teenage Boys

Re-turds; a.k.a Teenage Boys Re-turd 1 text messages Re-turd 2 with his home address.                               Re-turd 2 “copies” the address and punches it into his dad’s gps. GPS tells dad where to go. Dad follows directions on GPS like a good dad should do. 20 minutes later dad arrives at the final destination. “Tell him to come outside,” dad says to re-turd...
Jun
22

And a Side of Dick Sauce Please

And a Side of Dick Sauce Please Dick Sauce. I'm sure you'll never look at sauce in a jar the same! This is the kind of crap I’m privy to as the mother of two adolescent males and as the wife of an infantry combat vet. The invention of Dick Sauce.  Is there anyone out there that can relate to my misery? But let me start from the beginning. The scenario: We are in my car.  My hubby is driving, my 14 year old is in the back...
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