I Don’t Want to Make my Parent’s Mistake

Reader’s Question:

I’m a senior in high school. I am considering if I should start college next year or not. Both my parents want me to go to college. My problem is that I really don’t like school. Both of my parents went to college and it didn’t do much for them. They both still work long weeks and we are not broke, but things still get tight. If college didn’t help to improve their finances, then what’s the point of wasting all that time and money for nothing? College is very expensive. I work to make money and I don’t think I need college to do what I want in life. I’d like to be a chef and own a few restaurants one day and for that, I need experience, not education, correct? How can I help my parents to understand that I don’t want to make their mistake?

Incorrect! You need both.

I wish you were the neighbor’s kid so I could hunt you down and give you a good talking!

Please, try not to be offended… you truly have no idea what you’re talking about. That is okay though, the next stage in your life will be a lot of lessons and learning.


Lucky for you, you already know what you want to go to college for and culinary school’s exist!

If you want to be a chef and own a restaurant, you need to attend culinary school. You should also have spoken to a career or college counselor about this, as you clearly did not know culinary school’s offer 4-year degrees. Culinary school degree programs cover basic professional writing and business skills, which are needed to be successful in your extremely competitive industry.  Running a business is not all common sense, you must learn first. Or, you will fail!

You must learn from the best. You must surround yourself with those much more experienced than you. Why make a mistake someone else has already learned from? You want to do things the smart way? Learn from others and trust their experience.

You need college. How do you plan to be a chef and own your own restaurant if you don’t know squat about running a business or cooking at a high level? Are you going to work your way up from washing dishes at a fancy restaurant with the hopes that they let you peel carrots after a year? Does that sound better than going to college?

Also, if you think your parents work long weeks as professionals, wait until you work all hours of the night as a cook… all weekend long, and on holidays.

Do you think a bank is going to give a cook that makes $12/hr with no education or financial leverage a loan for that restaurant? How will you manage the front of the house if you’ve ever only known the line? Who will handle your payroll, taxes, vendor invoices, budgets, and sales forecasts? You won’t be qualified to do so with no college degree or administrative experience?

Lastly, your parents did not make a mistake by going to college. College is never a mistake. You show your age by making such comments. Most middle-class families (with a college education) still have a hard time financially. You have no clue how much harder life would be without both parents having higher education. If your parents had no degrees and worked restaurant jobs, waiting tables to get by, you would be in the first college class that let you in!

College does not guarantee success, true. Success is up to the individual. Did you know a college degree usually means you will make at least one million dollars more throughout life?… that makes it worth the $50k (or higher) price tag.

Be grateful your parents are pushing you to better yourself, not many kids have that support at home these days.

Knowledge is power… and you will need every bit of power to make a nice life for yourself.

Start looking into culinary schools that offer 4-year degrees and thank your parents for supporting your future at a higher education organization. They want what’s best for you and that’s not slinging burgers for the rest of your life.

Am I a Bad Mom?

Reader’s Question:

 My best friend and I are both pregnant! She has two other children and this will be my second. She is a natural mother and loves being pregnant. She never complains and I have never heard her raise her voice to either her children or her husband. She’s perfect. I scream and yell, cry and complain. I hate being pregnant and while I don’t mind the kids, I do count the days until they will be able to wipe their own butt. I’m tired and just so done with it all and she wakes up each day ready to take it head-on, with neat, well-behaved children attached to the hip. Why can’t I feel more like her? Am I a bad mom for wishing their time with me away?

I laughed as I read this for the second and third time. You are not alone. There are many women who experience the same feelings about pregnancy and parenting as you.

I have two children and I can honestly say that I hated almost every moment that I was pregnant. I cannot remember a moment in either pregnancy where I thought, WOW I AM FREAKING LOVING THIS!

Most women I talk to feel that same way. Pregnancy is not for everyone. It’s fine to not love it, but try to stay positive as it will be over soon and you can choose to never do it again.

Every parent I know is, or has been waiting for the day their children leave home to venture out on their own. Raising children is hard work and takes immense efforts. It’s hard for you. It’s hard for your husband. It’s hard for the children. It’s hard on your marriage.

It’s hard… so any reasonable person, from time to time… will daydream. I do this multiple times a day. Shoot, I took a break writing this just to daydream a bit! Imagine the day you finally get to do anything you want! The day with no chance of butt wiping, teething, soccer games, concerts, school lines, sick days, snow days, bad grades, periods, cell phones, social media, bullying… it’s endless.

The point is, what you feel is normal. Even when things are going “great” and seem “easy” and you still feel like you want them gone, that’s normal too! Being a parent is hard work and we struggle every single day.

Just breathe, this time will be over before you know it (ish).

How Do I Talk to My Wife About Our Sex?

Reader’s Question:

I’ve been married for about five years. We have two children and all is, mostly, well. My wife and I are not having enough sex and more troubling is that we don’t really talk about sex, ever.  We never talk about what we like or how we want things. We never discuss why we don’t have sex, even though its often a hot topic to start an argument. This is not about our children and the toll they can take, we know this. This is about us and how we communicate physically with one another. While we’ve never talk about sex, our sexual activity has taken a serious decline this year. It makes me wonder. Is it normal I don’t know about her sexual past and her mine?  Is it normal I don’t know her favorite position or even if I get her “there” ever? I can obviously bring this up with my wife, but I’d like some tips on how to keep bringing it up and keep the conversation out in the open. 

Great question! Yes, this is all very “normal,” but you both owe each other more.

It is common that couples don’t discuss their sexual past and it’s not like she is purposely hiding it from you. Why discuss? Do you think she is lying about something? Do you want juicy details of every man she has taken to bed? I can assure you no wife wants to hear this about her husband. The past is the past, so why allow it into the present? Who cares?!

Is the point to judge your wife based on her past? Think about why you want to know.

Dry spells in a marriage tend to make minds wander. Have faith that your partner told you anything that truly matters and leave the rest alone.

I’ve talked with hundreds of couples over the years with this same issue revolving around intimate communication. It can really hurt the physical side of your marriage, so you should speak up sooner rather than later, and so should your wife.

Make things easier and go first.

I know you say it has nothing to do with the kids, but please keep in mind that children of all ages take their toll on a marriage. Think what you like, but someday you will look back and probably realize that the children are a big issue here. I’ve been there and wish I’d have known that things would be even worse than I imagined (emotionally).

Kids are hard. Have you ever asked your wife if they children have anything to do with your lack of sex?

Maybe it’s easier for you than her right now. Two children in five years would take a toll on the best of us, so giving this perspective some deeper thought is a big recommendation. Remember, it can be hard for some parents to admit their kid is the cause of something negative

The problem with not talking about sex in your marriage is that it creates a crack in the foundation. It’s human nature to think about sex and so it must be on both your minds from time to time. The fact that you two are uncomfortable talking to each other about your intimacy should stop. Why do you think you cannot communicate your desires to your wife? Does it make you uncomfortable? Are you nervous she won’t want the same things? This is a great place to start. Why is the communication on this topic different than any other in your marriage? Figuring this out will help you to move forward.

Sex is very important to a marriage.

You’re on the right track. You know there is a problem and you are making efforts to fix it. Keep the conversation light and use “I statements.” Don’t place blame for the lack of sex or communication, just voice your concerns and your plans to break this cycle. It will be frustrating, but well worth the effort. Bringing this conversation to the table now can save your marriage a lot of sexless, sleepless nights. Just be forward and honest.

Explain to your wife that you want more sex and you’d like to discuss sexual preferences… because you want her happy and pleased. You will never be able to get her “there” if you don’t know what she likes and the same goes for her.

You are married and open to sexual exploration within your marriage! You want more sexually and that is okay. Starting this will be hard. This can bring anxiety or excitement or both, so try to be understanding.

In marriage, it is important to grow together, even when things aren’t peachy.

My Teenager is Financially Oblivious

Readers Question:

 I have a teenager who is now driving. Some parents are giving their kids new cars and a full-ride during high school. Meaning… spending money, date money, gas, car insurance, sports, cell phones, et cetera… I think this is preposterous. What are they going to learn from this? Many young people today come with a huge sense of entitlement. They will not learn how to be responsible in college if they go in with blinders on. We can easily afford our sons habits, but my husband and I do not agree on this issue. I want him to grow up and learn some financial responsibility and my husband thinks he should enjoy this time being a kid. I know you have a teenager. What do you make him pay for monthly? Any advice for us on this hot topic?

I feel your pain here. This is a tricky topic to cover and I don’t think there is anyone answer that works. Every kid is different and every family’s financial status is different, so what works well for one could be impossible for another.

I one hundred percent agree that kids today have major entitlement issues, which are generally learned behaviors, so you are absolutely right to want to stop and take some time to review your parenting policies.

Just like we try to hold our children accountable, we must hold ourselves accountable as well.

I am guessing your kid is 16-17 years old, therefore he is no longer a kid! He is a young adult. He needs to learn valuable life lessons now, while they won’t ruin or negatively affect his life moving forward. The sooner this perspective is shared by your husband, the better.

College is only 2-3 years away at this point. Your son needs to know how to “adult up” (I don’t use “man up” because young ladies are included here) and take care of himself in every aspect of life. He will probably just expect you and Dad to take care of things otherwise. And seriously, what parent wants that? A large part of being a good parent is enabling kids to be competent and responsible humans. We owe this to society and it means they will most likely never move back into your house when they are older! Everyone wins.

During high school, parents are generally focused on grades and teens on their social life. It is important for parents to be realistic when settling ground rules for financial responsibilities in high school. A lot of these ground rules should be determined by your teen’s needs. i.e. what areas does his character need improvement? Is he taking advantage of certain things? Is he too busy with school or sports to work part-time? Can he do chores around the house to earn spending money?

We aren’t making them pay for their life because of a tight budget, we are making them pay for their life because they should be familiar with some of the hardships and tough decisions they will encounter very soon and very often. We are working on mental preparation and competence.

If parents can give their teens a taste of real life here and there, it will give young adults the confidence to tackle their own issues as they grow. They will be confident when encountering problems and handle them… or they will be scared and ignore them.

You have to sit down with your husband and decide together what you think is fair and realistic for your family.

 Maybe start by reviewing the cost of your teen’s current privileges. Add up a month of cell phone, insurance, gas, et cetera. Take that to your husband first. Decide on what a fair percentage is for your son to cover. Discuss if he should get a job or can earn money at home. Then take that information/decision to your son and lay it all out.

I Will be Alone for the Rest of My Life

Reader’s Question:

 I am not an attractive man and it doesn’t help that I am short (5’3”) with a below average penis. I was in my late twenties before I finally had my first date and at thirty-five, I am still a virgin, as a refuse to sleep with escorts. I am not suicidal or depressed, but I would like to figure out how to accept my situation and move on. How do I accept that I will be alone for the rest of my life?

First, you don’t have to be alone for the rest of your life, unless that is what you truly want. Believe it or not, there are people out there who will love you for the true you.

You are not your body. You are not your looks.

 I’m proud of you for taking a hard look in the mirror and accepting the truth of how difficult romantic relationships are for you. That is not easy! It seems that a lot of what hinders you are factors that are out of your control.

You have allowed yourself to move on with what you have and who you are physically. Now, it is time to decide what you want from life.

You don’t want to be alone! You need to stop saving yourself from possible disappointment or rejection.

If you decide to accept being alone for the rest of your life, you’re simply giving up. You need to find your self-worth and confidence in who you truly are. Love yourself enough to move past this. You are just wrong if you think love is out of your reach because of your physical makeup. Just like people that think aliens aren’t real…we can’t prove it yet, but the numbers say the probability is virtually guaranteed. I think your chances of finding a happy, rewarding relationship are virtually guaranteed too, but you must be realistic, honest, positive, and confident.

 I understand saying “be confident” is much easier than actually doing it, but fake it until you make it. If you stop portraying your body as who you are, potential lady suitors will follow your lead.

She is out there. Maybe she is an inch shorter or wider, maybe she loves coffee and you despise it, maybe she is blonde and you only wanted to love a brunette… I do not know. The point is, your way of thinking is part of the problem.

YOU DESERVE LOVE just like everyone else and there is a someone special out there meant just for you, you should make an enormous effort to find her.

Finding love isn’t easy, but you still have to try.

You have to put yourself out there knowing you could get hurt time and time again… until eventually, you don’t. This is just how it works.

Work on your appearance. Stay in shape. Maybe, if finances allow, invest in an image consultant who can help with your overall style. Don’t wear platforms in your shoes or doing anything misleading or extreme.


When it comes to the bedroom, make use of toys and everything else on your body. Become a damn “spider monkey” in bed. Learn things she has never heard of and surprise the hell out of her. She will remember your penis is smaller than she would like perhaps, sure. She will also remember the crazy, freaky, new, exciting sexual experience you gave her that no one else ever has. Satisfying your lover in the bedroom doesn’t solely rely on penis size, never has. Some women can’t climax from intercourse alone in the first place.

For now, get your attitude right and think only confident thoughts. Never consider quitting or being alone. Focus only on presenting your best self.

Chin up! You have work to do!

P.S. I never do this on JAM, but I suggest using my workbook to help you analyze who may be a great match for you. Here is a link to the workbook. Click Here


Top Ten Reasons People End Relationships

  1. They don’t feel appreciated
  2. Infidelity
  3. Financial incompatibility
  4. Lack of communication
  5. Lack of effort
  6. Major life event
  7. Boredom
  8. Lack of met expectation
  9. As you grow, you do it separately, therefore growing apart
  10. There was no real foundation in the first place

Top Ten Reasons You’re Single

  1. You are unreasonable about what you expect from a partner.
  2. You play too many “hard to get” games.
  3. You are stuck on a previous relationship.
  4. You fall for the gender stereotypes. e.g. He must be tall, dark and alpha. She must be…
  5. You only want to date “the one.”
  6. You are too needy from date one.
  7. You have too much drama in your life and you shout it to the roof tops.
  8. You fear becoming dependent… aka, commitment issues.
  9. You think relationships can be developed online. The internet is a good start, but texting and emailing will never build a proper foundation. Pick up the phone and meet in person.
  10. You are insecure about yourself and send off those vibes without knowing it. It’s unattractive.

Cheating with the Same Sex is Still Cheating!

Reader’s Question:

 I met this great gal. We have been on four dates and things have been going great. She is almost perfect. On our last date, she wanted to have a conversation about sexual intimacy before getting intimate. In this conversation, she explained to me that if we decided to have a committed relationship, she would be loyal to me, but she did wonder how I felt about brining women into our relationship. She went further to explain that she is bisexual and really enjoys being with women from time to time. She said even if I don’t want to be involved, she would still like to know that it is okay if she has these side flings. She explained to me that she does not feel that there is anything wrong with this because it is another woman and not a man. I would consider this cheating. I’m in my 50’s and she is in her 40’s. This seems irrational to me. Thoughts?

Yes, of course, that is cheating.

Sometimes, I hate society today, sometimes. What happened to any sort of tradition or respect for your partner?

Overall, everyone has the right to be happy and choose their path. If this isn’t something you are comfortable with, then you should just move on, now.

There are all different types of relationships, some will work for you and some won’t. This one sounds like it just doesn’t fit your lifestyle and that is understandable.

This gal may be great, but she seems a bit confused on what commitment means.

When the two of you are in a committed relationship there is no side fling, there is just the two of you. Having side flings would either be considered an open relationship or cheating, depending on a prior agreement being made or not. If she is having random partners- male or female- then there is no committed relationship.

The partner you are looking for is out there and she will have most of the reasonable qualities you desire.

Don’t settle for less.


How Does a Republican Mom Talk to Her Child About President Trump?

Reader’s Question:

 I am a resident of Palm Beach, Florida and have two children. I have always supported the Republican party and respected the president of our once great nation. This week my son came home with a homework assignment about an important person in history and he blindly picked President Trump. The paper my son wrote was disrespectful and appalling, but most of it true. I did not allow my son to complete the work and have asked for a new person of interest. While I do respect the White House, how do I respect a man making a mockery of our country? How do you talk to your children about the President?

Well, you are the first person to bring a political question to JAM (Just Ask Misty). I hoped this day would never arrive, but I will gladly give you my opinion.

Why are teachers putting children in this situation when our country (most of us I hope) is fighting the regressive actions/thinking of the current president? I think that if one child must write a paper about President Trump, they all should.

We all have lessons to learn from the Trump “presidency.” While your son doesn’t need to stand out as an activist at school, I would have encouraged him to rewrite the paper. He could have provided the same messages while communicating in a respectful and academically appropriate way. Being able to disagree with someone in a mature manner is a huge life and professional skill. One that is all too often overlooked due to how hard it can truly be.

I too respect the office. Therefore, whether I like him or not, the president is included in that regard, and that is what I tell my children. Fortunately, respecting a person does not mean you agree with them. It means that you disagree in an appropriate way. Which is also what I tell my children about disagreeing with any person, especially adults, especially me, and their dad.

The President of the United States is to be respected, but not followed blindly. A lot of parents are discussing the current leadership in our country in an openly, negative manner right now. This is a good thing if done right, but you can’t just vent about the president and use derogatory words. You must explain your opinions with fact.

Although, a good portion of what is wrong with the president’s actions are inherent truths for people that are not filled with ignorant, hate. Philosophies like: two wrongs do not make a right, are pretty simple to get on board with! It is also how you can justify respecting the current president. Do not follow him blindly, but also don’t allow him to change your level of respect for our country’s top office.

As a country, divided or not, we used our right to vote. The current system of the electoral college put Donald Trump in office. If polls are correct, most people do not like him. When has the country as a whole liked the president? I’m guessing never (guessing because I honestly don’t know), but we still got up every day and moved forward, just like we will with President Trump.

Remember, the president does not define our country, we the people, do! Also, the president is only 1/3 of the problem. We need to focus much more on who we put in congress. Teach your son to care about congressional seats just as much as who sits in the oval office.

We aren’t born hating and discriminating those that are different from us. We are taught and we learn from our environment. We must teach our children from the very beginning. Right now, President Trump is providing valuable lessons on what not to do multiple times a week!

So, what are we learning and what can we teach our children from this experience?

I teach my children about the freedom of speech. I tell them to speak honestly and respectfully. I teach them to care for all people. Hate and discrimination will not be tolerated and they should fight for human equality, always. I teach them that one person can make a difference and true leadership starts today! I teach them to speak up. I help them understand the responsibility of speaking up when they see something that isn’t right.

The tone of the election was unbelievably negative. Among the candidates and their supporters, we saw bullying, name-calling, and lots of ugly language. I encourage them to rise above the negativity and be positive, kind, and respectful to everyone. I believe this is what our country needs right now. I encourage you to teach your children about learning from others unwise choices.

If your son looks at President Trump and sees ugliness, then he will know that being that type of person is not for him. He will know that he is different from that person. That is a good thing. He can grow and mature on that premise.

Teach your son to be honest and kind, as that is all we truly need.



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