16 Jan 2012
in Abuse, Eating Disorders, Education, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Sex, Teachers, Teenagers
Tags: Abuse, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Education, Facebook, Friends, High School, Illness, Legal Obligation, Mentors, Rape, School, Self-Esteem, Sex, Speakers, Teens
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This past weekend, some serious allegations were brought to light regarding a group (more specifically the group’s co-founder) who was scheduled to visit several high schools in my area next month. The result was the co-founder, who was also one of the lead speakers, resigning. I’m guessing he resigned because his past has been highly publicized in the last several weeks causing major uproar and because his current published writing is viewed by some as über controversial, damaging, and inappropriate. More
11 Oct 2011
in Abuse, Anxiety, Bullies & Mean People, Mental & Physical Health, Personalities and Temperaments, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Support Groups
Tags: Abuse, Bullies and Mean People, Closing Doors, Relationships
Sometimes closing a door on part of our life can be difficult. For me, the most challenging and emotional part of making life changes is the gray area of the decision-making and the transition period that follows making the choice. Whether it’s ending a toxic relationship, standing up to a bully who veils themselves as something they are not, moving, switching jobs or schools, deciding not to have more (or any) children, choosing to stay at home with the kids, going to work full-time, simply ending a conversation, or being brave enough to state our opinions, which may not please everyone around us and could lead to the end of a relationship—we have to be authentic and do what is right in our hearts. More
07 Jul 2011
in Abuse, Anxiety, Behavior Issues, Best & Worst Parenting Products, Books, DVD’s, Music & Video Games, Bullies & Mean People, Discipline, Divorce, Family, Mental & Physical Health, Pressure, Relationships, Support Groups
Tags: Chat rooms, Computers, Cyber bully, Discipline, Divorce, Internet, Pornography, Sex
While researching for this piece, I found some very disturbing internet information and statistics. Did you know that 60% of all websites on the Internet are pornographic websites? That’s about 1.2 billion.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “One out of every five children who have access to the internet have received online sexual solicitations. Pedophiles often pose as children to build trust with kids and then lure them to meet them in person. It takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks for a child to fall for this trap.”
One of the biggest causes of the rise in online child molestation is due to poor parental supervision of their child’s internet activity.
Did you know that of the 500,000 dial-a-porn calls made in a day, 70% are made by minors who get the contact information off the internet. I had no idea… More
21 Feb 2011
in Abuse, Advice, Behavior Issues, Body Image Issues, Children, Confidence, Eating Disorders, Education, Family, Health, Mental & Physical Health, Perfection, Pressure, Relationships, Self-Esteem
Tags: Abuse, Advice, Body Image, Children, Confidence, Cutting, Eating Disorders, Education, Family, Health, Mental & Physical Health, Perfection, Pressure, Relationships, Secrets, Self-Esteem, Teens, Voice in Recovery
- BE MINDFUL of how you model to your daughter
- Ban FAT TALK now! Avoid weight-related discussions at home, such as talking about your own weight and encouraging their children to diet, as well as any form of weight-teasing. Talking about weight loss may have harmful consequences for your daughter’s health and self body image.
- Stop diet talk and diet behavior! Girls with dieting moms are associated with greater use of unhealthy and extreme weight control behaviors.
- EDUCATE your children on overall health, nutrition and fitness
- Remember that health includes body, mind and spirit.
- Take a nutrition class together, or find a nutrition coach to help incorporate healthy eating habits, based on moderation, balance, and research intuitive eating (Recommended reading: Intuitive Eating, by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD).
- Discuss fitness, exercise, and learn what your daughter enjoys doing. Fitness can be fun, and whether she enjoys team sports, or individual activities, help support your daughter in her fitness goals. More
16 Feb 2011
in Abuse, Advice, Bullies & Mean People, Health, Marriage, Mental & Physical Health, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Support Groups, Uncategorized
Tags: Abuse, Advice, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marala Scott, Marriage, Mental Health, Relationships, Safety, Self-Esteem, Support Groups, Unhealthy Relationships
Marala Scott (Center) with her son, Aaron and her daughter, Alyssa.
Marala Scott is a screenwriter and a multi-award winning author of the memoir, In Our House: Perception vs. Reality. In her book, Marala shares her personal story of a horrific childhood at the hands of her father and her journey to happiness and peace. Marala’s story is especially powerful because she was able to rise above her past and become a strong woman determined to break the cycle of violence. She is an advocate, inspiration, and role model for women and men who are suffering from abuse.
Oprah Winfrey acknowledged Marala as an “Ambassador of Hope” in 2009. Member of Congress, Mary Jo Kilroy, presented Marala a Special Congressional Recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community. United States Senator, Sherrod Brown, recognized Marala for advocacy to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. Ohio House of Representatives gave Marala special recognition for humanitarian concern for hosting the inaugural HEAL event. Marala Scott and Tre Parker received a proclamation from Mayor Counts of Powell, Ohio, recognizing and commending their work on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Mayor Michael B. Coleman, from Columbus, Ohio, awarded Marala with a Certificate of Recognition for her dedication to raising awareness of domestic violence and child abuse nationwide.
Here is Marala… More