10 Dread Worthy Mom Moments

Remember those late nights trying to soothe a colicky baby? Or how you spent days bribing your three year old with M&Ms to pretty-pretty-please-poop-on-the-potty? We complain and grumble about these mundane, less-than-glamorous moments of motherhood, but I don’t know, the next phase of parenting looks pretty freaking scary to me.

As my six year old prepares to “graduate” from kindergarten, it suddenly feels like he’s one step away from junior high and falling in love and getting a driver’s license. When I really stop and consider some of the challenging and – yes – painful mom moments that are undoubtedly ahead of me, it makes me appreciate (and dare I say, enjoy?) these days when my biggest parenting dilemma is whether I should let my kids watch those obnoxious “Bubble Guppies” for the umpteenth time. Here are the ten moments I dread most…

1. When my kids ask me whether I ever smoked cigarettes, drank in high school or did any other naughty things and I have to decide whether to flat-out lie or tell them some version of the truth.

2. Changing my son’s sheets when he’s a teenager and finding evidence of … well … you know …

3. Having “the talk.” At least my husband and I each get stuck with initiating one, since we have a son and a daughter. But we moms get screwed. We’re the ones who have to sing the praises of tampons and explain how babies exit a woman’s body and make “You’re going to bleed every single month for the next 25 years!” sound exciting.

4. Being told “I hate you!” when it sure sounds like they mean it.

5. The first time one of my kids gets bullied: whether it’s online, at recess or by the local “mean girls.” I’d like to think it’s never going to happen, but it just seems kind of inevitable these days.

6. Living with a moody, dramatic, hormonal teenage girl. There’s only room for one moody female in this house and you’re looking at her. This is going to be fun. Oh, and yes, Mom and Dad, I realize this is what you call karma. You can stop laughing now.

7. Realizing I am no longer capable of helping with my kids’ homework (algebra, anyone?), which leads them to believe they are smarter than me.

8. Setting curfews and then staying up late, staring at the clock, waiting for them to walk in the door safely. Thank God for texting. Remember having to make that awful 11:30pm call to your parents to tell them you were going to be late?

9. Two words: driver’s permit.

10. The minute I go from being “Mommy” to just “Mom.”

What inevitable moments do you dread?

About the writer

Jessica blogs about her attempts to juggle a full-time job, family, motherhood, marriage, fitness, some semblance of a personal life -- and, most importantly, her sanity -- on Keeping Mommy Sane. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Keep up with her (mis)adventures on Twitter and Facebook.


Julie Dennehy 3 years ago

Oh Jessica – great post. It made me laugh because I’ve had to do ALL of these dreadful things in the past two years with my 14 & 11yo except #9, and he brought up just yesterday that he has a year and 18 days until he can go for his permit. Not that he’s counting… and I’m still alive, and laughing, and loving my kids. Right now, one of those awful, smelly diapers seem dreadful to me – see how things change? It’s kinda like the notion that beauty (or dread) is in the eye of the beholder – every step prepares us for the next.

Monica 3 years ago

#7,even worse, when you are an Accountant for a living, and you still can’ help with the homework. She thinks all I do at work is math. How embarrassing……

susan 3 years ago

Been there and done that 6 times. The good news is they don’t all hit at once and by the time they tell you they hate you sometimes at that moment you feel the same way too about them. But those moments don’t last. Case in point……….I’m still married;)

zumpie 3 years ago

Eh, most of these aren’t NEARLY as difficult as you might think—and my poor daughter was horribly bullied in elementary school. Like everything else, we’ve found the more open and honest we are with her, the easier things are to deal with and talk about. It also translates to a lot fewer “I hate you’s” and a lot more open communication.

There’s tons of stuff on talking about menstruation, so just follow that—-I will say, my daughter has no interest in tampons, so pads are fine, too. If you frame the thing as part of growing up and “becoming a woman”, they’ll be fine with it.

And for the record, mine’s 13 and intensely emotional. She also tells me everything, because she knows she can trust me—because I’m honest with her.

Nina 3 years ago

Yes to all of this! I think that so much of the teenage years is going to give us a run for our money.

Stephanie 3 years ago

I am currently dealing with ALL of these with my three kids, and honestly I don’t know which one is the worse. I venture to say that this is worse than the terrible twos…almost.

Shanan 3 years ago

When you have three daughters, you get a little panicked about how well you are teaching them about their body! When my oldest (who is eleven) started her period, I was really cool and talked about it, instructed and answered her questions. When it was over I calmly went to my bedroom called my closest friend and cried!!!

FrugalJenn 3 years ago

I can officially say reading this has reminded me of all the not so fun talks with my parents, I don’t know if I can do it. My daughter’s are 3 and 3 months, I’m a long ways off from these moments and I can honestly say I’m happy with that. I have no clue what I’m going to say or do when those times come, but this was a great reminder that at some point I’m really going to have to do some hard thinking about it.

Sandy 3 years ago

I have two girls, ages 13 and 11, and both have started their periods. The most important thing I worry about is their flushing the things into our problematic sewer, so every instruction ends with “and remember, for the love of God, whatever you do, do NOT flush anything, even if the box tells you to.” They’ll probably hear my voice in their heads monthly until they hit menopause. As for sex, I started the conversation by a brief explanation, then gave them the American Girl books. Once they had an idea of what was going on, I watched for opportunities to have a conversation about it in a general way that was less awkward, often when a movie or television show hinted at sex. I also realized that kids were slipping each other porn sites on computers the way we used to pass around “the good parts” of books, so get yourself parental control software way earlier than you dream you’ll need it — no later than 10. Oh, and don’t forget cable, either. I had to figure out how to remove the titles so the menu lists “adult programming.”

Katie 3 years ago

I’ll take all of the colicky evenings, and the teething pains but I live in fear of my daughter hating her body. I have fought body image issues, and eating disorders and I just hope my daughter grows up to love every part of herself.

Mary 3 years ago

The first time I saw an adult man give my young teen beautiful blossoming daughter the twice or three times over. I was freaked out! I fortunately didn’t scream at the man what I was thinking!

    Shanan 3 years ago

    My 11 year old is already developing and this freaks me out!!

JD Bailey @ Honest Mom 3 years ago

All of it! ALL! Well, except #2 – I have two girls. But that means twice the hormones. Poor Hubs.

Lori Verni Fogarsi (@LoriTheAuthor) 3 years ago

Here’s a real life one for ya… my husband walks into my son’s room and sees that he’s playing an online game. He says, “Whatcha playing?” and my son says “What? I was just scratching my stomach!”

mel 3 years ago

I have been told a few lately! I dread the day she tells me I hate you but I know it is coming out of sheer frustration, rather than meaning those horrible words.! I just want to freeze the innocent time with my daughter!

Tanya 3 years ago

So not looking forward to not being called “mommy” Its going to brake my heart. He is still only 3 but I feel like time is flying by so fast already!

Kristen Mae at Abandoning Pretense 3 years ago

I dread the day when my son (now 7) will be embarrassed to hug me in public. He still does it unabashedly and I’m sure I will curl up in a corner and sob for two days when he stops. :(

Kate 3 years ago

I have two 12 year old boys (twins) and a 14 year old. All boys. Most of these on the list have happened to me already in the past year. Maybe thats why I’m in such a crappy mood most of the time?

rebecca at thisfineday 3 years ago

I dread the moment I actually find out they’ve been having sex, oh and I HOPE they will be smart about it. I dread the moment they move away for good (hopefully it’s not more than 2 hours away)! I dread the day I don’t get to talk to them daily and the day they’d rather be with their friends rather than me. I realize that’s all a part of growing up and I wonder how my parents survived it, but maybe all that worrying and fighting and the throwing around of “I hate YOUs!!” in the teen years help to prepare for the inevitable separation, where we are the ones that are like – Ugh, thank goodness, see ya later kid!

Michelle Villemaire 3 years ago

Being asked to drop them off at the mall… 2 blocks away from the mall because they don’t want to be seen with us.

Debbie 3 years ago

Mine would be when they all moved out and don’t seem to need me anymore.. All grown and with a life of their own. I wish they needed me more at time.. Empty nest syndrome here…

Laura 3 years ago

As for #1, I told my kids early on that I’d done a lot of stupid things when I was younger, but that gave me an advantage — I’d be able to spot them doing the same stupid things the instant the thought even crossed their mind. They knew it and respected it, and both grew up very sensible, thank heaven!

As for #2, I not only taught my son to strip and wash his sheets, I taught him to do all his laundry and also simple mending when he became a teenager. It saved me a lot of work and he did just fine — I highly recommend it!

Also, I know it’s not on your list, but I taught both my kids to cook starting about age 8-9, doing age-appropriate things; my daughter made and decorated 4 dozen cupcakes for her 4th grade class party, and her teacher was stunned. Kids that age are capable of a whole lot more than a lot of parents are willing to give them credit for! And my son was capable of cooking himself a simple meal by the time he was 12 if he wanted to eat something other than what I fixed. Of course supervision is required, but really, standing by to answer questions is still a lot easier than doing all the work! Plus it gives them real pride of ownership.

Observacious 3 years ago

The bullied thing is particularly scary for me. And sex, not so much “the talk” as the inevitable peer pressure I know will come.

This morning I was talking to my son about how some of the kids in his preschool class will be going to kindergarten next year while others have one more year of preschool like he does. He said, “I have one more year of preschool then I’ll be all grown up.” That statement is wrong in many ways, but it scares me how close to right it is.

Coco 3 years ago

I still tell my son (20), “Never, ever, ever trust a girl! They lie!!! They’re not on birth control when they say they are!”

And I tell my daughter (12), “Never, ever, ever trust a guy! They lie!!! They are not in pain and you don’t need to help them out of it!”

As for going from Mommy to Mom, I remember doing that to my mom and it made me sad, so I insisted that my kids call me Mama, which they are not allowed to grow out of.

I love to hear them say “Mama.”

    Michelle Villemaire 3 years ago

    I will be making the transition to Mama now, thank you. Mama: forever and always. Mom begone!

Guerrilla Mom 3 years ago

Oh my God. Thanks for pulling me out of the happy and oblivious toddler/infant bubble I’m living in and reminding me that one day I will be the parent of teenagers. Help.

Astra 3 years ago

I have lived or am now living through your 10 dread worthy mom moments with my 12-yo daughter and 16 and 17-yo sons. Mundane is sounding real good right about now…
I’m told I’ll live. Keep you posted….

Alissa 3 years ago

Oh the heartbreak and worry of being a parent!!! We’ve hit a few of those milestones and still have a few more to go. It isn’t fun but I keep in mind that my job is to turn them into reasonable adults. …And then I bawl my head off in my car while I drive to work.

Randi 3 years ago

The first time they get their heart broken…

Courtney Bosch 3 years ago

Two words = teenage girl. Wine helps.
That age when they are suddenly embarrassed by your presence instead of welcoming it.

MomChalant 3 years ago

Going from mommy to mom is definitely something I’m not looking forward to. It scares the crap out of me.

I’m also dreading the sex talk BUT I’m excited to share with my son (and any future kids) that I had a baby as a teenager and I have a blog that discusses the struggles, so hopefully they can learn from my lesson.

Wendy 3 years ago

# 3- 25 years??? It was 42 yrs. for me! Both my son and daughter are grown and flown, but, yeah teen years were hardest with the girl, and a little gross at times with the boy. I will treasure forever the last time my son came to me crying – at 16, when his girlfriend broke up with him. It was sad, but being able to hold him and comfort him once more was precious! Beware- it doesn’t end when they move out, either! There will always be new issues to deal with as a mother-in-law, and grandparent, too.

Mama Melch 3 years ago

I sincerely dread the moment when my girls no longer want to be seen with me in public. It is inevitable, and at least 8 years away from now, and I’m already sad about it.

Heidi 3 years ago

Teach you son to change his own be at an early age and he (and you) won’t have to be embarrassed by bed sheets with “you know what” on them :)

ps – yes, karma can really suck

Judy 3 years ago

Here’s an easy solution to the curfew situation: rather than sitting up waiting for them, have them WAKE YOU UP when they get home to say a quick good night. This allows you to (1) glance at the clock, (2) smell their breath/clothes/hair as they give you a quick hug, and (3) assess whether their words are slurring together.

    mrsj 3 years ago

    My parents tried that but then I would “forget” to wake them if I’d been smoking or drinking.

      Jenelle 3 years ago

      Precisely why I’ll be setting an alarm clock. Wake me when you get home. Or my alarm clock will tell me you’re not and hell will break loose. You forgot and fell asleep in your bed? Guess what honey, we’re both up now. Let’s do some chores so we don’t forget to wake Mom up. (I never forgot to wake up my mom/dad…my sisters each only needed one “forgot” and then they always did too. They said mopping floors at 11:00 pm sure sucks when you’ve been asleep for awhile!!

Kathy 3 years ago

5 and 10 and probably 4 are not as far off as you think they are, sorry to break the news.

My daughter is 9 and my son is 13. I haven’t heard mommy (except when they are sick) in a year or two. I’ve already heard some version of I hate you. And the mean girls are already there (luckily my daughter has thick skin.)

As for “the talk” I gave it to my son. And I’m glad I did. He saw me as vulnerable and uncomfortable but still able to speak openly and honestly. And as a single mom I’m glad he is comfortable talking to me about anything. I hope he always will be.

In general don’t dread those moments. The joy of interacting with your kids in a more adult way is so worth it.

tracey 3 years ago

The gross stuff isn’t what bothers me; it’s the emotional stuff, which, BTW, is NOT only for the teenaged girls! Boys have their own lovely mood swings and heartaches and break ups and worries to think about. Such as never putting yourself in a position where a girl might think you have taken advantage of her. Never put yourself in a position where the rest of your life will be determined by a few moments in a dark room in a party.

Fun stuff. Good times.

Give me toddlers any day.

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 3 years ago

Dreading all of them! I have two girls, 16 months apart. I dread the conversation.
For n°1 I plan to tell them a light, rose coloured version of the truth. I figure if they get up to half the stuff I did when I was a teenager they’ll have pretty swell teen years…

Brenda Dion 3 years ago

What I’m dreading is that I don’t have enough imagination to figure out the influences on young people 10 years from now. Think 10 years ago–the iphone wasn’t even out! There was very little texting (certainly no sexting!), no instagram, etc. etc. Let the nightmares begin!

    twinmommy 3 years ago

    Technology today terrifies me in regards to the teen years. Thank god that crap wasn’t around 25 years ago…

Kellie 3 years ago

The Care and Keeping Of You is a great book for Moms of girls. Helped immensely!
The hormonal girl stuff…keep liquor in the house, you’ll need it. :)

grownandflown 3 years ago

Hey, you over there with the kid graduating from kindergarten, I was in your shoes once….now my oldest just graduated from college and the baby is going into senior year in high school. Enjoy every gross moment going forward – your list is a good starting point! Fun times.

TheKitchWitch 3 years ago

Also incredibly and (for me) unexpectedly painful: When they no longer reach for your hand when they cross the street.

    Emily 3 years ago

    Yes! This. My son stopped wanting to hold my hand last summer (he’s turning 7 in a couple of months). He said he didn’t want people to think he was a baby. :( Now, it’s “Mom” instead of “Mommy.” That happened about halfway through the school year this year. You never think it’s going to hit you as hard as it does.

      TheKitchWitch 3 years ago


      My 7-year old will endure it, but she no longer reaches for my hand. I reach for hers. I know I’m on borrowed time.

    Michelle Villemaire 3 years ago

    All those people who insist we “cherish every moment” can kiss it. But this moment you have described is so incredibly painful it could make me head home early today!

TheKitchWitch 3 years ago

Reached this unhappy milestone a few months ago: Had to teach my 11-year old daughter how to insert a tampon. AWKWARD.

    mrsj 3 years ago

    My 14 yr old daughter refuses to try tampons or talk to me about them. I am impressed about an 11 yr old using one!

      Thekitchwitch 3 years ago

      We were vacationing in Mexico and she got a surprise visit (ugh). She desperately wanted to swim so it was kind of a must-go-there issue.

        mrsj 3 years ago

        I tried the pool/swimming argument but she just doesn’t swim for that week with her period. I think if we were on vacation she would probably try though. Ugh. Did you have to go to a Mexican drugstore and find small tampons? That sounds like no fun.

          Thekitchwitch 3 years ago

          Yep! A trip to the Superama was definitely in order. *groan*

    HB jenn 3 years ago

    My dad bought champagne when mine started on vacation and had a toast to me becoming a woman. I wanted to die. Then i flushed a thick pad down the toilet because no one told me not to and the plumber was called. Ugh! Later at home, i was handed a box of tampons and instructions to go figure it out. Who really puts one leg on the toilet to put it in anyway? Ridiculous directions!

      Thekitchwitch 3 years ago

      HB jenn,

      My mom left me alone with the tampon box instructions and a mirror and wished me luck. The first few times, I missed and inserted the dang things in my butt! Hilarious now, but then…

        Amanda 3 years ago

        OMG!! I’m so sorry but that is hilarious! Every girl has to go through that horrible first tampon episode, but oy! I’m so glad I don’t have a daughter! I didn’t learn until I was spending the night at a friend’s house and had no other options. It helps when you insert the tampon all the way into your va-jay-jay.

          TheKitchWitch 3 years ago

          I am serious, here. I had NO idea where that dang hole was?! I poked around, found an orifice, made a commitment, and then realized that okay. Something feels….

        twinmommy 3 years ago

        Oh my. I’m trying not to laugh and failing miserably. I will definitely make sure my daughter knows where they go if she wants to try tampons. She seemed quite interested in my Diva cup but I’m sure that interest won’t last.

Amanda 3 years ago

The ‘Mommy’ to ‘Mom’ transition isn’t bad, but hearing your child accuse you of loving his brother more is tough & might make you question some of your parenting skills.

    Meppie 3 years ago

    I got that too… from my oldest. Don’t fret dear, hopefully he will be blessed with 2+ children of his own one day, and he will learn that you love them equally, without reserve. That you love them for their differences, therefore loving them may seem a little different.

      Amanda 3 years ago

      I was the one screaming that at my own mother, so I know how he feels, but I just don’t know how to convince him that I love them equally. It wasn’t until he had his first “You love him more” fit that I realized why my mom reacted the way she did. I know he’ll figure it out one day, I just wish I could help him through the frustration.

    Dawn 3 years ago

    When my youngest (he’s four now) was just learning to talk, he’d call me Mee-mah because he couldn’t say Mommy – when that transition happened, and he could finally say Mommy, I was heartbroken – Mee-mah was so endearing and sweet, it grew on me, and I cried when it was gone.

      Amanda 3 years ago

      I have a brother who is 11 years younger than I am and he called me “Mimi” when he was little. The transition from Mimi to Amanda with him actually hit me harder than my own boys’ transition from Mommy to Mom. There is light at the end of the tunnel though. One day, we’ll each get to pick our own “grandma” names. Mine will be Mimi!

rachel 3 years ago

janine.. mine are 12 months apart, two girls. 16 months is pretty far apart actually. and why not just have the talk at the same time? why do two seperate ones? odd

    Brandy P 3 years ago

    I have a boy, 11 and a girl, almost 9. I have always answered all questions when they were asked. The only one I would answer was how the sperm gets to the egg. I told them when my son was 10 I would tell them, and did. They heard it all at the same time. He knows about periods and she knows about wet dreams. I figured if they were old enough to ask they were old enough to know. Keeping things secret leads to…problems and accidents…imo

      Brandy P 3 years ago

      Wouldn’t answer…

AnnMarie 3 years ago

I relate to every single one of these. I am there. I am in the trenches and I hate to be one of those people that says, “Hang onto the Bubble Guppies because this stage is terrifying!” but I feel I should warn you. I wish someone would have told me to not freak out when he would get a fever or fall and scrape his knee because I would be freaking out so much right now. I have a teen, twin tweens and a toddler. I should just reserve a padded room right now.

Blair Francis 3 years ago

Yes to every single one, but I especially dread #6. I was a complete brat as a teenager and I apologize to my mom ALL the time. If my girl is anything like me, and early evidence points to yes, I am in for a roller coaster ride.

Lollie – The Fortuiotus Housewife 3 years ago

My husband continues to be amazed by my perpetual looking ahead, anticipating and planning, but I hadn’t even started to think about or dread any of these “bright” moments waiting for me on the parenting highway – I’ll go have my panic attack now, thanks pal.

Teenage boy sheet changing – yikes! Never once thought of that one, and I’ve got two boys! Guess I’ll have to start teaching them to change their own sheets.

But seriously, I’m already dreading the day, 10 years in the future, when my oldest heads off to college, leaving behind his two-year younger brother. They’re so tight, I just can’t imagine what my younger one will do without his partner-in-crime.

Christy 3 years ago

I have three teenage boys. I thank God every day that I don’t have any daughters for the reason you stated (#6).

#2 was shocking with the first one. The second one has hidden it from me and the third one, well.. I’m no longer shocked. Which is a little sad.

Claire 3 years ago

I am dreading #2 the most. First because of the awkwardness and then the irrefutable truth that he is no longer my little boy. Wah! I appreciate the advice about getting them to wash their own sheets and knocking.

Jennifer 3 years ago

#7 happened in 2nd grade for me. Not because of the subject matter, but because the kids have to do the work the way the teachers teach it. Which is, of course, totally different than the way I learned it!

deneen 3 years ago

best advice i can give you: (ok listen CAREFULLY… are you listening??!!??) ok, when they are about 10, TEACH THEM HOW THE LAUNDRY SYSTEM WORKS! Honestly, its THE most important piece of advice for surviving both your soon-to-be teenage son and daughter!!! next piece of necessary advice : NEVER NEVER NEVER walk in a teenage boys room without knocking AND WAITING TO BE TOLD TO ENTER! …. NEVER!!

Good Luck! let me know when you get here, i’ll buy you a really big bottle of wine and a straw! xod

    Meppie 3 years ago

    Holy shitballs – you aren’t kidding. Little bastards don’t know the concept of the lock on the door? I am always really careful during the day… but there was a night… when I heard noises… and checking up on those noises… I now have that fucking image burned in my brain for all of eternity thank you.

    Laundry – best decision I ever made was having the boys strip their own sheets on laundry day and put them in the washer. Started that little gem when oldest was 10 (youngest got an early kick-start at 7).

    Ariana 3 years ago

    I can confirm that this is very good advise. Never too early to teach them laundry…and OMG for the love of god, don’t enter.

      Ambria 3 years ago

      Lol! I wish I had you as a parent. I lived in one of those houses where the adults either wouldn’t knock, or would knock, but walk right in anyway.

      On top of that, they would pitch a fit if the door was EVER locked. I would lock it anyway just so I could change my clothes in peace, and my grandmother would almost immediately be frantically jiggling the knob, demanding that I unlock the door and to know why it was locked.

      This happened with such speed and frequency, I’m now convinced that she must have been obsessively checking the knob in the event that it might have been locked. It’s amazing I turned out sane.

FrazzledRuby 3 years ago

I want my kids to respect themselves. For most my life, I’d say I was a good person, but I did spend some time just being wild. And I have tattoos that represent some of those times. I’m sure I’ll be explaining them. And convincing them that just because their parents made some poor choices, doesn’t mean they need to.

Jessica Smock 3 years ago

I was just thinking about when little boys stop saying, “Mommy” the other day. There is just nothing cuter than a little boy when he’s asking for his mommy. That day will certainly make me sad!

Tia 3 years ago

I have 2 teen stepsons and the way to prevent dealing with #2 is to just have them remove the sheets and take them to the washing machine when they need to be changed. It gets you (and them) out of really having to look at the awkward evidence, and you only have to do half the work of changing the sheets! (One of my least favorite chores…)
And #6 is exactly why my husband and I are done with having kids (even though the boys are not technically mine)…I’m living with 2 teenage boys AND we have a 1 year old girl. I will have to try to survive both sexes as teenagers, and there are no other options.
Older adults look at me like I’m crazy when I say that last part… :)

    twinmommy 3 years ago

    No way am I dealing with #2. My eight year old b/g twins have been taught how to run the washer/dryer and strip their own beds for this very reason. I am tired of sorting through sharted underwear and in the future the evidence will be gone before I have to touch his clothes/sheets.

    The “talk” started here about a year ago when the kids started asking way too many questions about babies. I decided I wasn’t going to sugar coat anything and answered whatever questions they asked. Every few months one of them brings up something related and we start all over again. They both have a thorough understanding of the reproductive system and what will happen with both of them. Not too much talk yet on the safe sex end but again they are only 8. The thought of sex is still gross.

Janine Huldie 3 years ago

Yes to all of the above and I have two girls only 16 months apart. So, I will be having that conversation twice in less then two years time most likely. Heaven help me!!

    cass 3 years ago

    my sister and I are 22 months apart…My parents pretty much evaluated what my sister could handle…and gave a general overview talk to the both of us at once, the keep your pants zipped until your married, and if you get pregnant, you’ll keep the baby, work, and finish high school. At a separate time I got a more in-depth talk, but the overview talk kind of broke the ice, and opened up the communication, plus it helped my younger sister understand why I was way moody, and that she needed to stay out of the way. My dad was included on all conversations, even though it might have been uncomfortable, at least we knew my parents were on the same page!

      Janine Huldie 3 years ago

      Thanks Cass for sharing that (very much appreciate it) and very sound advice. Will definitely keep this in mind when the time does come.

    michelle 3 years ago

    Same here my girls are 15 months apart and my oldest is going to be 11 I have 3 girls the youngest is only two this yr

tammy 3 years ago

I guess for me, its when my daughter start asking about boys :), not that i dread it, but am so protective that i wont want her to get hurt but i guess thats how they learn.
Nice post Jessica Grimes


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