“Kids-You can’t beat ‘em”, was one of the first logos in 1983, when President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I love the dual meaning of this statement. We can’t be physically aggressive with kids. But equally as important, is the message that there is special value in children. Thirty years later, we continue to promote the value of our children and their families, as well as the fact that every member of the community has a responsibility to…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on April 24, 2014 at 1:19pm — No Comments
I have recently been talking to one of my close friends regarding parenting struggles he is having with his teenagers. The topic of protecting the parent-teen relationship in the context of setting boundaries and consequences has come up several times. I began to think about how to negotiate the boundaries and consequences all families must have to function effectively, within the parent-teen relationship.
In my friend’s case, he is concerned if he is too strict or pushes too hard he…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on March 21, 2014 at 5:48pm — No Comments
If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child’s development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.
Added by Stacy Hladek on February 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments
Sixteen-year-old Heather Lucas is playing soccer one day when she’s hit by lightning, leaving her with a weird scar on her hand. The girl who she clashed with when she got struck dies. Thus Heather becomes the odd one at school, the one everyone whispers about.
To make matters worse, her mom suddenly abandons her, and she…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on October 4, 2013 at 1:10pm — No Comments
Many of us probably remember the joy of having our very first car. Getting our driver’s license was a good feeling of control, the freedom of being behind the wheel without supervision was as exciting as it was scary!
It is a very exciting and scary time for your teen as well and you really need to consider what type of car you want them driving while they are so inexperienced. The additional expense of a new car probably doesn’t sound like a great idea right now so I wouldn’t advise…Continue
Added by Zoey Maldonado on July 22, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments
Society plays a huge role on how people perceive themselves, especially in terms of physical appearance. Men are judged heavily if they are not tall and muscular enough. Women are perceived ugly if they don’t have a buxom or ultra-thin model body. It is a sad reality because the media plays a huge role on how society perceives the ideal body image.
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Added by Karen Rodriguez on June 18, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family. I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids. National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family. It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day.
An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments
This morning I was watching the news while I was eating my breakfast and caught the tale end of a news story about teen suicide. This isn’t the first news story that I have heard on the news about teens trying to commit suicide or actually following through with it. In fact, teen suicide is on the rise according the Centers of Disease Control. Teen…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on June 3, 2013 at 4:58pm — No Comments
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I can’t believe that my daughter is old enough to get her drivers license already, it seems like yesterday that I was bringing her home from the hospital. The time has flown by quickly and she is turning into a beautiful young lady. My daughter was born with a bilateral hearing loss and wears a cochlear…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on March 13, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
Parents have you ever received a call from mall security or the police department letting you know that they just caught your teenager stealing? If so, you aren’t alone and you aren’t the first parent who has had to deal with this type of behavior. It is important that you handle the situation in a calm and…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 28, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments
Most teenagers enjoy hanging out at the mall for several hours on the weekends so that they can spend time with their friends and window shop, unless they have money to spend. In fact, I remember doing this when I was a teenager, I enjoyed roaming around the mall and catching up with my friends. Most…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 28, 2013 at 3:15pm — No Comments
My first pregnancy was a bit of a shock, since I was just 18 years old and just out of high school. I found out that I was pregnant in April of 1996. I was still living at home with my parents and wasn’t married to my boyfriend. I knew firsthand that my parents would be very disappointed with me but for the most part my mom was supportive. It was important that I tell them before they found out on their own, so I told my mom first. She said she had already suspected something but…Continue
When Beverly was a child she hated to read. Even though her eighth-grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she managed to graduate from high school then attended Midwestern State…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on October 24, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments
Whether it’s Randy Travis’ mug shots splashed across tabloids, news of Amanda Bynes hit-and-run after an earlier arrest for a DUI or community service handed to Miley Cyrus for drunk driving, there is a celebrity battle with substance abuse seemingly everyday.
Added by Rhonda Talbot on August 22, 2012 at 10:58pm — No Comments
TGIF Friday!!! Come visit our Live Your Art Blog Hop Friday!!! We will have one every Friday please be sure to visit back or follow our blog (on the right sidebar) so you don’t miss it. Encouraging women bloggers to improve their visibility and network and supporting talented DIY ladies.
Blog Hops are a good…Continue
Added by Gisselle Wilson on August 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Recently, a friend asked me to share my testimony. I was a taken aback. No one had ever asked me for my story before. Come to think of it, I wasn't so sure I had much of a story to tell. When I hear testimonies of how people had drastic circumstances that brought them to the Lord, I am usually in awe. Former gangsters, former drug dealers, former atheists, former prositutes, orphans, homeless...these are the people that have a testimony, right? I've done plenty of stupid stuff in my…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on July 29, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments
I peeked in on my son sleeping this morning, and was aghast at how tall he actually looked lying in bed. He is twelve years old, on the brink of his journey through Junior High, and I can hardly believe how much he's grown. I looked at his feet (now bigger than mine), and his hands (almost bigger than mine), and…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 28, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
Kimberly Dana’s latest book will bring hours of reading pleasure to teen girls, especially those with a particular interest in cheerleading.
Years ago, a murder was committed in a cheerleading camp: a beautiful teenager with beautiful red flowing hair was drowned in the lake. Rumors say the killer was her best friend.Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on May 26, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments
Don’t Cry, Daddy’s Here: One Woman’s Journey to Recovery from Incest is a deeply disturbing memoir. At the same time it is an important book, one that offers a strong message of hope and renewal to victims of this terrible crime.Continue