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First Things First Column The Family Column is a series of articles providing helpful information on families and marriages. It is published every Sunday in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Subscribe to our  Family Column RSS Feed.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Katy Perry discusses wanting a baby someday. She says, “...but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over." She then adds that it doesn’t really matter if there is a guy in the picture or not. “I don’t need a dude…..It’s 2014! We are living in the future; we don’t need anything….I’m not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn’t present himself.”
Thousands of young people from Little Leaguers to college sports will hit the fields this fall. Some will be there because they love the sport; others because their parents want them to experience being part of a team.
It’s coming and you know it’s coming, but you are doing everything in your power not to think about that day when your youngest heads out the door and you are left with a deafeningly silent house.
A college freshman working as a summer camp counselor called her parents to vent about how bad things were with her supervisor. It was halfway through the summer camp program and six other counselors quit because they were unhappy and not having fun. As the parents talked with their daughter, it was clear she was looking for them to give her an out so she could quit as well. Although the parents realized their daughter was in a pretty tough situation, they actually told her she needed to finish her commitment.
If you could have paradise however you imagine it, what would it look like? If you could have that kind of paradise, do whatever you wanted to do there and be in charge of it, would you go there? If you could have that kind of paradise, but nobody is allowed to be with you, would you still go?