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  • Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Yesterday we talked about specific behaviors of concern that may tell you that someone is sexually abusing or being abused. Now we’re going to talk about what to do if you see a behavior of concern and/or a child discloses abuse to you. Trust Your Gut and Speak Up Wherever you see behaviors of concern […]

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    Child Sexual Abuse – The Warning Signs

    Adult sexual abusers groom children (and their parents) rather methodically. By paying attention to warning signs, adults can disrupt behaviors of concern. Behaviors of Concern in Adults Pay attention to adults who spend excessive time with children instead of peers, who have a “special” kid friend, and who turn to children for comfort or activities […]

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  • Choosing Safe Caregivers

    Choosing Safe Caregivers

    In most cases of child sexual abuse, the abuser is alone with the child, has authority over the child, and takes advantage of the child’s trust. With this in mind, how can you choose safe authority figures and activities for your child? It starts with screening. Just as you would take the time to vet […]

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  • Courageous Conversations

    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became clear to me that it was unfair to put this burden on children, when we as adults are the ones responsible for keeping […]

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  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention month, an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for a silent epidemic that harms our children: child sexual abuse. In the face of this epidemic, I believe we have to confront the facts, speak with caregivers, and respond to behaviors of concern in our homes, schools, daycare, youth programs, and places […]

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  • Compassion Meditation For Kids

    Compassion Meditation For Kids

    Research indicates that compassionate children become caring and optimistic adults. Many people think that compassion is a natural trait, but it can be cultivated through formal meditation techniques, as well as selfless service and other spiritual and civic activities. In my adult meditation groups, I teach the formal Buddhist practice called Metta Meditation, also known […]

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  • Mindful

    Mindful Family, Happy Family

    Take a moment and imagine what it would be like if everyone in your household was more patient, kind, calm and respectful. Trips to the doctor’s office become more infrequent, grades improve, and dinner time is a pleasant and happy affair. Overall, there is a sense of well-being and joy. Sound far-fetched? Bliss is not […]

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  • Relaxation

    Stress Management For Busy Families

    Stress management is not a luxury. From parenting to work-stress to paying bills on time, there are many things that can trigger the stress reaction known as the fight-or-flight response. If you do not keep your stress in check, you may wind up with any number of stress-related complications, including migraines, anxiety, diabetes and hypertension. […]

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  • 8 Tips To Help Your Child Cope With Grief

    8 Tips To Help Your Child Cope With Grief

    Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and unfortunately children are not immune. While we wish we could inoculate them against pain, the reality is the only way out is through. As a parent, there are many things you can do to help your child cope during difficult times. 1. Listen With Compassion: The most […]

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  • 8 Tips for Bereaved Parents

    8 Tips for Bereaved Parents

    When a family member dies, everyone in your home will experience the pain of loss. How you react will certainly affect your child, but this does not mean you need to hide your feelings. In fact, that will create a rift between you and your child at a time when you need each other the […]

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