What Not to Say to Your Pregnant Teen Friend

When your friend first tells you she’s pregnant, you may not know exactly what to say. Pregnancy is a huge thing, and it’s going to change her life. But how can you figure out what you should—and should not—say to your friend? First, Listen Every pregnant person is unique, and the situation around your friend […]

You Can Help Change a Life

Imagine finding out you’re pregnant, with no idea how you will handle it. Maybe you’re already having trouble making ends meet. Maybe your boyfriend said he wants nothing to do with a baby. Or maybe you had big plans, and having a baby wasn’t part of them. Where do you go? What do you do? […]

Happy Holidays Can Be Yours

Happy holidays don’t have to be picture-perfect. Even if you’re a single parent, you can make your child’s holidays sparkle without morphing into either Father Christmas or Mother Teresa. Start with thanksgiving. Super-glue your attention to the good things in your life. Be grateful for even little things that go right. Thank people who are […]

Why Redwood Falls Needs Choices

Elections remind us that we want choices. Choices between real, viable options. Choices that give us some control over our future. So imagine going to the ballot box and finding only one candidate for an office. No write-in space. Just the one candidate, who is not someone you want to vote for. Take it or […]

What Are Daddies Made Of?

Father’s Day was tough when I was a single mom.  A dark, menacing voice kept taunting me, “You’re alone. Your boy has no man around. You know all those statistics on how fatherless kids turn out?  They’re going to happen to your son.” Maybe it was good for me to be reminded: a single mother […]

Are You in Crisis? Help is Just Around the Corner at Choices!

Some movies just make me want to cry. Like the ones in which the leading actress is facing mounting problems: She can’t pay the rent She’s dying for lack of medicine She has chased off the one man who really loved her It looks hopeless. So she walks toward that dark, lonely bridge. She’s going […]