Category: Family

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Child Sexual Abuse

Online Safety for Kids: 3 Tips to Protect Your Children

What do you know about online safety for kids? Guest Post by Moe McClanahan…Director of Training & Education at the Safe Surfin’ Foundation It’s important for parents to stay in control of their child’s Internet usage to prevent online victimization. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is reporting a 97.5% increase in online enticement

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Body Safety Education: Shield
Child Sexual Abuse

Body Safety Education using “The Brave Knight:” One teacher’s experience

Today a second-grade teacher in Monongalia County, West Virginia, messaged me about a body safety education presentation in her classroom. What a thrill to hear how my newly-published children’s book, The Brave Knight, “performed” in a class-room setting! Here’s her “book-report.” Each year in West Virginia schools, a body safety education lesson is presented in all

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Child Sexual Abuse

Grooming 101: How to recognize a sexual predator

Do you know what grooming is? In the skeevy, underbelly, predatory sense of the word? During body safety assemblies when I talk to school kids about grooming, I say, “I’m not talking about brushing your Golden Retriever’s fur.” To me, Grooming is the process by which a sexual predator gains the trust of a potential victim and

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Child Sexual Abuse

Child Safety: A quick overview of Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” training

In my effort to gain more expertise in the area of child safety,  I recently went through two trainings from the national organization, Darkness to Light.  Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. The first training was the 30-minute program, “Protecting Children During a Crisis,” created with

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Image of the front cover of the children's book The Brave Knight.
Child Sexual Abuse

My first children’s book–“The Brave Knight”–is here!

My first book ever—a children’s book—is here! At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the founder of the nonprofit Shield Task Force asked a favor. “Will you please write a children’s book, that in a non-threatening way, shows kids what “grooming” is? “Grooming” is the process by which a sexual predator gains the trust of

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Family

Conversation Questions to Boost Connection with Family and Friends

Do you long to experience deeper emotional intimacy with your loved ones? Try conversation questions! In recent years I’ve amped up the relational connection level with my friends and family by using a single resource: conversation questions. The first questions I tried were those found in Vertellis Card Games. To give you an idea of what

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Child Sexual Abuse

Keep Kids Safe with 3 Simple Steps

As a body safety educator in the state of West Virginia, my job is keeping kids safe.  From situations like sexual abuse, bullying, neglect, and more. So far this year, I’ve taught 1,800 K-8th graders how to stop the bad guys (or gals) in their lives. The keeping kids safe process can be distilled down

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Family

How to make love last: Info-Mini-Hack #1

(My summary of Brene Brown’s podcast episode with the Drs. John and Julie Gottman) Want to know what makes love last, but don’t have an hour and a half to listen to Brene Brown’s podcast episode on the topic? Here you go: my info-mini-hack of the above-mentioned episode.  John and Julie Gottman are both super

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What to expect when you have a miscarriage: Image of a cross stitch sampler that says, "A person's a person, no matter how small."
Family

Miscarriage 101: Coping with Your Secret Grief

by Josy (Tarantini) Hu Miscarriage is one of those words you don’t hear every day. Miscarriage doesn’t come up in casual conversation, or on social media, or in songs on the radio. So whether it’s because miscarriage is a private issue or merely because society has made it taboo, couples experiencing miscarriages tend to find

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