I was terrified of my bedsheets drying on the clothesline as a child because I thought they would blow away
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. Hanging laundry on the clothesline to dry was never my mother's favorite chore, especially when I was a child. We lived in the first-floor apartment, but the laundry room was in the basement, and the clothesline was outside the second-floor landing.
Man Refuses to Give Up Airplane Seat for New Mom and Baby
How much accommodation should people be expected to give new parents?. Anyone with children will tell you that it isn't easy to be a parent. There are a lot of logistics and obstacles to navigate that can make things easily frustrating and quickly upsetting. Traveling with young children tends to be one of those exact situations that can cause frustration and upset.
Mother Begs Daughter to Not Have Another Baby
Is there such a thing as having too many children?. In general, a pregnancy announcement is happy news that most people celebrate. However, for some families, it can be a very contentious issue depending on a lot of different factors.
Mom Charges In-Law $800 to Live in Spare Bedroom
How much of a discount should family get if they’re in need?. It's no secret that in-laws can be a real pain in a person's butt. At best, some might have a good relationship with their in-laws, but at worst, in-laws can make a person's life a living nightmare.
My mother was furious when the little boys upstairs complained about her cooking
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a family member who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. According to my mother, having tenants is one of the most horrible things she has ever encountered, and she never wants to experience it again. My parents had tenants who lived on the second-floor apartment while my family lived on the first-floor apartment, and my mother has countless stories about the reasons why she would never rent out part of her home to strangers now.
Gay Coworker Refuses to Take Paternity Test
How much paranoia is a coworker required to entertain?. Being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community is not easy in today's current society. With routine and regular experiences of micro and macro aggressions, having to accommodate the ignorance of others becomes a frustrating routine for this community.
Man Threatens to Defund Son’s College Tuition in Strict Ultimatum
Should a parent ever use defunding education as a threat to make a child comply?. Marriage is already really difficult, but it gets even more challenging when children come into the mix. Unfortunately, some couples go by the false belief that children can 'save their marriage', when actually it ends up doing the exact opposite.
Opinion: You don't understand what it means to be a parent until you are a parent yourself
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events as told to me by a friend who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. A few weeks ago my friend confided in me that she is pregnant.
4 Steps To Improve Your Parenting
A father holding his sonPhoto by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash. Life goes by so fast. You might be busy working, cleaning and cooking, saving for college, running the kids to and from sports and school – and time just flies by. The next minute your kids are adults, moving out of home on their own, making their own decisions (right and wrong) and you wonder whether or not they’ll be okay.
Opinion: My 14 year old daughter came out as gay and I couldn't be more happy or proud as her mom
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission.*. “You know I’m gay, right? I like girls the way I should like boys.”“
Life lessons provided by my teenager
When I was going through the process of adopting my daughter, I made her some promises:. To be completely honest (at the time this related to the status of the custody hearings)
Grandma Refuses to Offer Free Childcare Services
Grandparents should not be viewed as free babysitters. While in-laws have been known to get a bad reputation for being interfering or nosy, not all in-laws cause trouble. In many cases, they can offer assistance and support to couples that can really help.
Dad Disposes of Homemade Gift from Daughter
Can anything justify being outwardly spiteful towards your spouse?. There's a reason that not everyone gets married, but one of the biggest is that it's just not an easy relationship to maintain. Marriage takes an immense amount of commitment and work from year to year.
Surrogate Refuses to Let Mother-in-Law in Delivery Room
Surrogates have rights too, they're not just a vessel. Infertility can be one major reason why a couple will choose a surrogate to have a child. Data shows that about 1 in 5 women are considered to struggle from infertility, meaning that after a year of trying to get pregnant they cannot bring a pregnancy to term.
Forsyth County moms help each other during baby formula shortage
(Forsyth County, GA) Over the past two years, Forsyth County residents have had to deal with inconvenient shortages and purchase limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other supply chain challenges. But arguably nothing has been as stressful for parents as the current baby formula shortage.
A hotel guest locked her small child in a hot car in the parking lot while she hung out with her friend
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I spent nearly two years working as a hotel maid. It was one of the most soul-crushing jobs I've held since deciding to enter the workforce directly out of high school in lieu of pursuing a college education.
Parents Steal Child's Inheritance to Buy New House
Should anyone ever feel entitled to someone else's inheritance?. The topic of inheritance can be a touchy subject for some. Some people get very focused on the possibility of inheriting large sums of money after someone passes, while others don't care much about the money and care more about the passing of the person.
Opinion: my mother thinks Walmart’s Code Adam policy is stupid
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a family member who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. When they hire new employees at Walmart, they hold a meeting with the new associates. Among other topics, managers discuss the store's Code Adam policy.
Dad Refuses to Accept Unborn Baby Girl
How much does gender matter when it comes to a child?. Bringing a child into the world is meant to be a joyous occasion, and with over 3.7 million babies born every year in the US, it's something that a lot of people get to experience, and a lot of loved ones get to celebrate.