Taressa Steen

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What Every Parent Needs to Hear About Teens in Cars

Learning to drive is a serious issue -- for teens and parents. Driving brings new freedom, but there are also risks -- risks that led to 2,439 teens deaths in 2012. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens.<p>But what about the stories behind the statistics? What are teen drivers and passengers …

General Motors

Mean Mommy

Recently, I was pulling into my driveway with my youngest son Brody and one of his buddies for an after school playdate. I overheard his friend quietly saying "My mom is so mean. She yells at me everyday." I assume my son's friend had a rough morning at home... something I have a bit of experience …

Parenting

What Happens When Men Become Fathers?

The important changes new dads face have nothing to do with strollers or car seats.<p>In children's stores across the country, you can see businessmen, writers, and accountants learning to become fathers. You'll find them trying to fold baby strollers without painfully catching their fingertips or see …

Parenting

My Kids Drive Me Crazy

My kids drive me crazy. Does that make me a bad parent? As I'm going on my fourth baby, it took me years to drive up the courage to say it out loud, but they do... they can drive me mad and the grueling schedule of Mommy duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year can be, well... I need a new word for …

Parenting

Taking Care of Mothers

<b>Be still and heal.</b><p>How that insight could have helped me as a new mom... if I'd had even an inkling of the value of being still.<p>No one prepared me for the unrelenting demands of motherhood. The realities of a 24/7 responsibility that left no time for myself. That lonely time after the front door …

Mindfulness

How My Sex Life Changed When I Got My Tubes Tied

In my last article, "How I Thrive," I described parts of my recent personal transformation and mentioned that I chose to have my tubes tied in the fall as part of my self-liberation. In reality, it's been part of my sexual liberation and one that I think more women, and mothers, should know about. …

Pregnancy

What to Do When a Child Won't Listen

One of the most common requests I get from parents is, "I've tried everything and my child still won't listen. What can I do?" There are several factors involved in a child's willingness to cooperate. A child not doing what she is told is less about "not listening" and more about how able she feels …

Parenting

Daddyless Daughters: 7 Steps to Becoming Whole

If you have had a less-than-stellar father as a daughter, this can leave a gaping hole in your heart and psyche. his hole is one that you will try to fill as long as you haven't learned to heal it yourself. Your father's character and his relationship or lack of relationship with you impacts your …

Relationships