Love Lessons For My Daughter

BY: - 1 Mar '13 | Parenting

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I learned a lot about love from my father. He didn’t lecture me. As a matter of fact, he didn’t say much about the subject. Instead, he taught my sister and I love lessons through his actions. He adored my mother. Still does. He bends over backwards to keep a smile on her face. She does the same in return. But he always says he loves her more and that women should find a man who loves her just a tiny bit more. He respects her, cherishes her and praises her. Even when he doesn’t like her, he tolerates her. That’s the biggest take away. When I was heartbroken and lonely, my father taught me the biggest lesson on love. He said love isn’t about all the things you like about the other person. It’s about what you don’t like. Can you tolerate their flaws and weaknesses? If so, you will remain with that person even when times are tough.

I wanted to know what my friend’s are teaching their daughters about love, so I reached out to about a dozen dads to find out.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson was an award-winning television host in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's writing a different kind of story as a new mom. She gives readers the key to her diary and shares personal stories about single parenting, dating, transitioning to motherhood and her obsession with being what her family calls an "activity mom." The site features celebrity interviews, parent spotlights and confessional videos. Follow her journey through motherhood on Twitter @dearmomdiary.

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Let’s Talk About Sex: How Young Is Too Young?

BY: - 1 Mar '13 | Parenting

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Lately there’s been a lot of talk about sex. An already hot topic amongst adults is now making its way to a kindergarten classroom near you, if you live in Chicago of course. For many parents the idea of their innocent five year old being taught about sex is a scary thought, but for Chicago, home of the “third-largest public school system in the country,” this will be their reality. While the sex ed curriculum for older children might explain in more depth topics such as reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases, for younger children it may be an opportunity to teach them about “good touch” and “bad touch.” Additionally parents who do not want their children participating do have the option of opting out. As reported by ABC news:

“Under the new policy, the youngest students — the kindergartners — will learn the basics about anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety. Through the third grade, the sex-ed lessons will focus on the family, feelings and appropriate and inappropriate touching. In the fourth grade, students will start learning about puberty, and HIV. Discussions will emphasize that the virus cannot be transmitted through everyday contact such as shaking hands or sharing food.”

It will be interesting to see if other school districts take Chicago’s lead, even in the wake of some parents voicing their concern. For more on this story visit ABC news.

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