05 Mar 2012
in Children, Death, Divorce, Family, Relationships
Tags: Absent Fathers, Children, Death of Parent, Divorce, Half-siblings, Life, Relationships, Starting over
Above picture from Pinterest. Quote from Benjamin Button.
Today I saw some pictures that my half-sister posted on Facebook. They were pictures of a part of my family that I don’t know very well. The pictures included all four of my older half-siblings from my father’s first marriage and photos of my father as a young man.
I only remember meeting my biological father a handful of times before he died. He died while I was in college and he and my mom divorced before I turned one. I have no memory of what he looked like as a young man, and I don’t know much about who he was and what he was like in person. Seeing the pictures of him and his first family struck a nerve deep within me. It’s painful. 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
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
31 Jan 2011
in Advice, Divorce, Family, Marriage, Precious Moments, Relationships
Tags: Advice, Divorce, Family, Marriage, Precious Moments, Relationships
I’ve been asking the wrong question all along. Virtually every night, as I’m curled into Allen’s chest, his arms wrapped tight around me, I listen for the quieting of his heart and the subsequent lapse of time in our conversation. To keep his company for maybe just five more minutes, I whisper this request; “tell me something.”
“How annoying!!” you’re probably thinking. And maybe he does, too. But for as many nights as we’ve shared, he’s never balked at entertaining my request. His answers always range, based on how sleepy he is: More
18 Jan 2011
in Anxiety, Babies, Death, Development, Divorce, Family, Marriage, Stay-at-Home Moms, Transitions, Uncategorized
Tags: Anxiety, Babies, Death, Development, Divorce, Marriage, Stay-at-Home Moms, Transitions
As mama, I wear many masks. Before I was a mother, anticipating the birth of my first daughter, I wore the “everything’s going to be just fine mask”… despite my critical examination of new mothers intact bodies and their obvious survival of birth. I was not convinced I would survive. I was not even convinced everything was going to be ok. But I wore it. And it was and is–OK.
Corbin is almost ten, and Anna is seven. I gave birth TWO times. And I lived through it. More