Category: Family

4 siblings, 3 brothers and 1 little sister, standing in a lake
Child Sexual Abuse

Sibling Sexual Abuse: What Everyone Needs to Know

My new book, Everyone Was Silent, is now available! Purchase it here. Are you familiar with the phrase sibling sexual abuse? The term is sometimes referred to as SSA. Many people know of the issue thanks to the Amazon Prime original documentary, “Shiny Happy People,” featuring the Duggar family of  “19 Children and Counting” fame.

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The (absolutely free) child safety resource no one is talking about. Crisis Textline
Family

The (absolutely free)Child Safety Resource No One Is Talking About

Newsflash: There’s a 100% free child safety resource no one is talking about. Actually, some people are talking about it, but certainly not enough. Your child may not know about it. Heck, you may not know about it! So let’s correct this situation right now. You’ve heard me say a ton of times, when the

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The X Factor--an exit strategy for kids...image of an exit sign above stairs out of a subway
Family

The X-Factor—An exit strategy for kids

Recently I posted this reel on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn about a brilliant personal safety plan—“exit strategy,” if you prefer—for your child to utilize when they’re in a sticky situation and need a way out. Last time I looked, this 60-second reel had over 2,100 views. I’m super psyched this strategy is getting out into

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Keeping Love Alive: photo of a couple in front of Eilean Donan Castle.
Family

Keeping Love Alive: Info-Mini-Hack

A few weekends ago, a friend invited a group of gal-pals over to watch the virtual version of, “In Bloom: A Love and Relationships Summit.” My favorite session was with psychotherapist and relationship expert, Terri Cole, who spoke on the four A’s of keeping love alive. Or as Cole put it: cultivating lasting love. If you’re

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Parenting Tips from the wife of a child safety professional--image of two kids and a stroller
Family

Parenting Tips from the Wife of a Child Safety Professional

 Child Safety Parenting Tips–guest post by Kristin Peters No matter where you live or what you do for a living, parenting is hard. Full stop. It’s a lot of other things, too—joyful, fun, refreshing, rewarding, exciting—but “hard” is right up there. Within the first few years of parenting, you learn how little you know and

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Child on Child Sexual Abuse blog post--image of sad girl
Child Sexual Abuse

What is driving COCSA: child on child sexual abuse?

Child on child sexual abuse–also known as COCSA– is on the rise. When I heard the above fact announced more than once at last year’s Darkness to Light Envision conference, I was concerned. Because growing up, I experienced sexual abuse at the hands of an older, more powerful child. It’s an uncomfortable idea to consider,

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Pornography and kids child safety blog post: Image of girl on laptop
Family

Pornography and kids—what your child is learning

You may not believe pornography is a child safety issue, but as a child safety educator (to kids and adults) who’s done her homework, I’m here to disagree. In my opinion,  Two topics are of particular concern right now regarding today’s kids: sextortion and pornography  To read about the current sextortion scheme that’s making the

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Image of teen boy looking at computer at night. Pornography: Why kids are looking at it. It's not what you think.
Child Sexual Abuse

Pornography: Why kids are looking at it–it’s not why you think

Ever since I listened to this podcast episode, I’ve been a bit obsessed. About the current sextortion scheme—I blogged about it here—and kids watching pornography. The statistics on the topic are pretty crazy, so I decided to check out the report mentioned during the podcast episode. The very long report. Since not everyone has as much time on

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Sextortion 101: What you (and your kids) need to know--image of two teen boys on cell phones
Child Sexual Abuse

Sextortion 101: What you (and your kids) need to know

Did you know the FBI—in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children—recently issued a national public safety alert regarding sextortion schemes?  I had no idea all this was going down until I listened to this episode on my friend, Nicole Bromley’s, podcast last week. Wait, do you even know what

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A Family Code of Conduct: What is it and why do you need one? image of code of conduct document. A Family Code of Conduct is another way to protect the kids you're raising.
Family

A Family Code of Conduct: What is it and why do you need one?

I never heard of a Family Code of Conduct until recently. Then a few months back, I attended Darkness to Light’s virtual “Envision” conference where I heard the term mentioned more than once. As a strategy to protect kids. What exactly is a Family Code of Conduct? According to D2L.org, a Family Code of Conduct is,

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