“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” ― Dave Pelzer, A Child Called "It" As a follow up to my previous article, “Signs A Child Is Being Groomed for Sexual Abuse”, I wanted to talk about signs a child may have already been abused; including what to watch for and how you should handle it if you suspect abuse. First, I want to reiterate the statistics on sexual and physical abuse: 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is
“Since most sexual abuse begins well before puberty, preventive education, if it is to have any effect at all, should begin early in grade school.” ― Judith Lewis Herman, Father-Daughter Incest: With a New Afterword April is Sexual Abuse Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month. With this in mind, I thought it would be important to share tips and signs to watch for regarding your children in order to help keep them safe as 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child s
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” – Ronald Reagan In 2015 it’s more difficult than ever to find time to sit down for supper with our families. Parents are working long hours to provide for their families and kids are often involved in several extracurricular activities including sporting events which can last well beyond suppertime. Who has time to sit down for a meal anymore? No one has time, but we must make time. Dinnertime is the perfect opportunit
“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.” ― Theodore Roosevelt While bullying seems to be the hot topic in schools right now, I have been noticing several clients are reporting being bullied when in fact it is someone making a rude comment instead. The Huffington Post wrote an article in November of 2012 and updated it in August of 2014 that helped differentiate between being rude, being mean, and bullying someone: *Rude = Inadvertently saying or do
“The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.” ― Jane Blaustone The dictionary defines a co-parent as: “a divorced or separated parent who shares equally with the other parent in the custody and care of a child.” Co-parenting is difficult. Especially when you no longer like your ex, after all there is a reason you’re no longer together, right? Rosalind Sedacca, the founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, recommends that you ask yoursel
"I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention abundance disorder. Everything is just so interesting… remarkably at the same time.” — Frank Coppola I can almost guarantee that you know someone with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), someone who has a kid with ADD or ADHD, or someone who takes medication for it…or all three. ADD & ADHD are commonly misdiagnosed and over-diagnosed because according to the American Psychiatric Associa
“Television has changed a child from an irresistible force to an immovable object.” ― Author Unknown “Screen Time” is any time a person spends in front of a screen whether it’s a television, a Smartphone, a tablet such as an iPad or Kindle, playing video games such as Xbox or PlayStation, or using a laptop or desktop computer. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that kids ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours (or more!) per day using screens! It’s no wonder when today'
“There isn’t a child who hasn’t gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn’t return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes.” – Art Buchwald My First Child Is Leaving Home If your oldest child is about to go to college, you might be feeling sad that it’s the first time your family won’t all be under the same roof at night or you might be wondering if you really taught your child everything they need to know to live on their own. How will they survi