parenting

Curtailing teen births now a higher-ed goal

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Incoming college students next fall will begin receiving information during orientation to raise awareness about unplanned pregnancies.

Source: Curtailing teen births now a higher-ed goal

Interesting article, and I’m just wondering how they’re factoring abortions into this overall.  Birth control and abortion are not the answer to reducing teen pregnancies.

In Memorium

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Remembering the 55,000,000 children who have been legally killed in the 41 years abortion has been legal in this country. Pray for the mothers who thought this was their only option, the mothers who chose this freely, the mothers who were coerced. The fathers who pressed for this with words or by absence, the fathers who didn’t want the abortion but had no say, the fathers who don’t even know they ever had a child. The parents who thought they were sparing their child, the children and now-grown adults who are missing siblings, the world who is missing friends. The grandparents who pressed for the abortion to be spared embarrassment, the grandparents who are mourning their grandchildren, the beautiful faces the world will never see. We entrust these children to God. For these and all cases, we beg for forgiveness; His mercy overflows. 

For those who do not yet recognize the gravity of what they’ve done, for those who have hardened their hearts to the truth of the life they carried, for those who think they must support abortion because they had one, for those who support abortion because they know someone who did, for those who think this is what progress means, may the truth pierce the lies built around their heart. God’s mercy is never ending. 

We as a people have borne this burden of legal atrocity far too long. Far, far too long. May we as a nation not be judged by what we deserve.

Mother gives 13-year-old son an iPhone—and some rules

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Mother gives 13-year-old son an iPhone—and some rules.

 

This.  This is all kinds of awesome.

 

I tried to give credit to the original poster, but the blog arrives at a 404.  Credit given where credit is due, wherever you are original author.

 

 

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership. I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.
1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?

2. I will always know the password.

3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”. Not ever.

4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.

5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.

6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.

7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.

8. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.

9. Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor yourself.

10. No porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a person – preferably me or your father.

11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.

12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts. Don’t laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear – including a bad reputation.

Rupert Everett, Openly Gay Actor: “Children Need a Mother and Father” | NOM Blog

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Gay Movie Icon: Children Need a Mother and Father | NOM Blog.

Kudos to you, Mr. Everett.

“The star of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love blazed a trail for gay actors when he came out as homosexual 20 years ago.

However, he has been criticised by gay rights groups after giving an interview in which he decried same-sex couples who have children.

The 53-year-old told the Sunday Times Magazine that his mother Sara had met his boyfriend but “still wishes I had a wife and kids.”

“She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her,” he said. “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.

“Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That’s just my opinion. — The UK Telegraph”

Study Shows Homosexual Parenting Not Equal to Heterosexual Parenting | C-Fam.org

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Study Shows Homosexual Parenting Not Equal to Heterosexual Parenting | C-fam.org.

This will never make the news.  But it’s the most news-worthy article I’ve read all week.

“The greatest negative outcomes were found among children of lesbian mothers. This contradicts defective studies popularized by the media claiming children fare as well, or better, with lesbian mothers. Regnerus’ study showed negative outcomes for these adult children in 25 of 40 categories including far higher rates of sexual assault (23% of children with lesbian mothers were touched sexually by a parent or adult, in contrast to 2% raised by married parents), poorer physical health, increased depression, increased marijuana use and higher unemployment (69% of children from lesbian households were on welfare, compared to 17% of those with married parents).”