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Traci’s Blog

An Open Letter to Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America

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Dear Ilyse Hogue,   You must have been ecstatic when you were asked to speak at the Democratic National Convention. And it’s obvious why they invited you. You are passionate, well-spoken, and professional.  I have a confession to make, before your speech I didn’t know who you were. But when your title, President of NARAL […]

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30 Hilarious Insights From Kids About Love and Marriage

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  I just love how kids think. I love kids. I love love. We can definitely learn a little (or a lot) from them about love and relationships. Happy Valentines Day!   “Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” – John, age 9 “No one is sure why it happens, […]

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How a Roll of Toilet Paper Could Inspire Your Kid to Wait to Have Sex

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The next time nature calls, take a moment and appreciate  the handy dandy roll of toilet paper we so often take for granted. It is an awesome tool at your disposal. Because aside from its obvious use, that spool of soft tissue is an extremely effective means to impress a powerful truth in your child’s […]

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“Mommy, what’s a VIRGIN?”

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      Silent Night. Holy Night.   All is Calm…All is Bright Round Yon Vir—Hold on. Let’s press the pause button right here.     Funny how we parents throw certain words around in December that we wouldn’t dare say around our kids in heat of July.  I love that song as much as […]

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Sorry Magic Mike… You just don’t do it for me.

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I’m no prude. Seriously, my sense of humor can be pretty rotten. Rotten enough that sometimes late at night I catch myself recalling something I blurted out inappropriately early that day.  Occasionally, it will crack me up all over again, even as I cringe into my pillow. But too often, I’m just plain ashamed.   […]

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Are You A Bird or a Bee When You Talk to Your Kids about Sex?

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          Psst….You know what?   The way I see it, you’ve got this sex thing figured out— what I mean is the talking-to-your-kids-about-sex thing. I’m trusting you got the other figured out too.  But the sex talk—well from the stories I’m hearing as I travel around, you definitely got this! And […]

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You Should’ve Been Keeping an Eye on Me

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    Deep down, I knew.   Any mom worth her salt recognizes that silence is not necessarily golden.   Oh, it’s good but trust me…it’s not good.   His art medium of choice was an entire tube of tartar control toothpaste. Our dusty coffee table served as his canvas. I walked in the living […]

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An Unwanted Treasure

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Dear Little One,   I didn’t expect your mom to be happy over the news of you. It’s one of a hundred things that I wish I could have changed. But if there is one thing that I have learned after twenty years in this ministry, it’s that a precious life like yours isn’t always […]

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Welcome Class!

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    Okay Class, settle down. Let me just say that I am so glad that you are all here this evening! Welcome back to the 2nd part of our parenting workshop,  Teaching Your Kids the Birds and the Bees without the Butterflies.  Unfortunately we had to terminate last week’s seminar a little early when Freda vomited. […]

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What Age Should You Have The Big Talk?

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Parenting sure does have its perks.   Like today when my neighbor met me at my mailbox to tell me what a terrific job I was doing raising such sweet children.   My eyes narrowed skeptically.   See, that morning happened to be the 564th time the two younger ones argued over whose turn it was to ride shotgun. I […]

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