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Addressing Teen Sleep Deprivation

With a new school year underway, many schools are addressing sleep deprivation in the classroom. According to the Child Mind Institute, biology, technology and societal expectations, combined with homework and extracurricular activities, create a perfect storm for chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect a teens mood, as well as their ability to think, react, regulate their emotions,

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Successfully Preparing for the Empty Nest Years

In a recent radio broadcast with Focus on the Family, author Marci Seither offers soon-to-be empty nest parents practical advice for helping their children transition into adulthood while preparing for their own transition to life without kids at home. In the program, Seither also encourages parents of young children to take advantage of the eighteen years that

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Taking a Stand Against Pornography in America’s Schools

As the parent of a middle school child, Robin Paterson and her husband were shocked to discover pornography in the school sponsored digital databases last year. The couple wrote an article expressing their concern. “We discovered, quite by accident, while perusing articles on ‘grade 7 biology’, that there were hundreds of articles streaming sexually graphic text and

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Responding to Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children

More children are mimicking inappropriate pornography-inspired sexual behavior. Behavior that they do not fully comprehend but have not been taught to process. Sexual behaviors are being mimicked in the same way other behaviors are mimicked by children. According to a recent article by Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), “The real blame in such cases rests on

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Sex Education: Working With Your School Board

    School board members play a crucial role when it comes to deciding sex education curriculum. The following suggestions, from the book Abstinence 101, can assist you in working with your school board in the area of sex education. Do your homework. It is important to know the process in which your school district chooses

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The Pondering Preschooler

Establishing a strong line of communication with your child means helping them to start developing their ability to express themselves early. Young children benefit from “thick” conversations. Thick conversations are characterized by giving children many chances to speak and communicate, asking open-ended questions, encouraging them to think and imagine and having many back-and-forth exchanges. Here are

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Summer Family Bucket List

With only half the summer season remaining, planning for an intentional last few weeks of summer is a great investment for your family. Download a free, printable Summer Family Bucket List template and start brainstorming and creating a list of activities your family would like to complete together. Here are a few summer bucket list

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10 Body Safety Rules for Children

Read Child Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill” to learn more about how to talk to your children about body safety and sexual abuse. *Infograph created by Safely Ever After Inc.  

Hundreds Abused in Chicago School System: Report

Hundreds of Chicago Public School (CPS) students were sexually abused by employees over the past ten years, according to a Chicago Tribune report published earlier this month. Based on police data, both public and confidential records, and interviews with alleged victims, the report found more than 500 allegations of sexual abuse and rape at CPS over the last decade. Since

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Show Dogs Re-Cut Version Still Grooms Children to Accept Abuse

    Global Road announced that a re-cut version of the PG-rated family film Show Dogs would be released over Memorial Day weekend. Numerous parenting blogs and organizations took issue with a subplot involving the lead undercover police dog, Max, as he was taught to become comfortable with strangers touching his genitals in preparation for an undercover

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