National Foster Care Month
    May 19, 2014
    Celebrate Foster Parents in May

    Please join the National Foster Parent Association in celebrating National Foster Care Month by honoring the dedicated foster families across the country and celebrating the amazing children/youth who…

    Can Girls be too Strong
    May 16, 2014
    Can girls be too strong?

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on TheFabMom.com To say that I come from a family of fabulous strong women is an understatement. As a child, I remember my own mom ranting about h…

    Guilt The Wasted Emotion
    May 15, 2014
    Guilt: The Wasted Emotion

      Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on TheFabMom.com Guilt is a wasted emotion. I thank my own mom, my best friend to this day, for teaching me this early on in life. Guilt wa…

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    May 14, 2014
    Do you date your kids?

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on TheFabMom.com. How do you get through the extra-difficult toddler days of whining over wanting both dollies, crying because I didn’t provide …

    Seven Fabulous Fibs I Tell My Kids
    May 13, 2014
    Seven Fabulous Fibs I Tell My Kids

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on TheFabMom.com. All photos courtesy Jill Simonian.   Do you lie? Most moms do. Most moms I know do. I find that even the most honest, open-…

    Moms vs Showbusiness
    May 12, 2014
    3, 2, 1… ENERGY! It’s Moms vs. Showbusiness Showdown

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on TheFabMom.com E-N-E-R-G-Y. It’s a mystery of motherhood. Keeping up my energy between being a mom and working in showbusiness has been my per…

    Summer Day Care Panic
    May 2, 2014
    Summer Day Care Panic!

    What do you mean they aren’t going to be in school all day! Day care failure: two words that panic any working mother. We work to split ourselves from our maternal feelings, and we theorize that if …

    Choose Your Home Team
    May 1, 2014
    Choose Your Home Team

    Tassology: the art of reading tea leaves At the bottom of a great cup of tea, the leaves that give the brew its flavor are left behind. Legend has it that the study of such tea leaves will show you in…

    One Life One Calendarjpg
    April 30, 2014
    One life – One Calendar

    For a long time I kept two separate calendars: one for work and one for home. I thought it was necessary to keep two very separate schedules in order to be in control of both facets of my life. I was…

    Do Not Take the Mom Out of the Career Woman
    April 29, 2014
    Don’t Take the Mom Out of the Career Woman

    I grew up in a corporate world where you kept office issues at the office and home issues at home – never should the two mingle. I was good at it. My success at work continued to be acknowledged wit…

    Give Yourself an A Plus
    April 28, 2014
    Give yourself an A + grade!

    Are you giving yourself a grade of C- for your performance at work and home? Trying to attain the mythical work-life balance can leave you feeling frustrated, disappointed and angry. Many of us strugg…

    Obesity Media Campaigns
    April 24, 2014
    Obesity Media Campaigns: Why Is It Okay to Call Children Fat?

    "It's hard to be a little girl if you're not." Those were the hurtful words on just one of the many billboards used in the Strong 4 Life campaign in Georgia in 2012. The ads were intended to be helpfu…

    Reporting Behaviors of Concern
    April 18, 2014
    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 …

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    April 17, 2014
    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…

    Choosing Safe Caregivers
    April 16, 2014
    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 …

    Courageous Conversations
    April 15, 2014
    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 cle…

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    April 14, 2014
    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…

    Compassion Meditation For Kids
    April 4, 2014
    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,…

    Mindful
    April 3, 2014
    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 di…

    Relaxation
    April 2, 2014
    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 no…