“Did you feel safe?” Keeping our children safe from one of the most likely dangers of childhood

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I, like most parents out there, want to protect my children and keep them safe from all of the dangers of the world. Due to my profession, I know the realities of the dangers that lurk amongst our children probably more than most. I know that sexual abuse is one of the most real and threatening dangers facing our children. I know that estimates state that one in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused as children (http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/public/statistics_childSexualAbuse.html) and that some estimates put the number closer to one in four for boys. I know that most children do not disclose their sexual abuse, even to loving and concerned parents. I know that children are much more likely to be sexually abused by someone they know.  Much more likely!  I know that predators groom their victims and also groom the parents, sometimes for years, before acting on their intentions. This means that someone I trust, someone who is a part of my inner circle, may actually intend on harming my child at some point.Read more about Did you feel safe?.....

“But I Deserve It!” Dealing With Entitled Children

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We live in an age that fosters entitlement. Everything we want is right at our fingertips. There is no waiting necessary for most things. Want to know who the 24th president of the United States was? Looking for a good chicken recipe? Google it! Or forget even having to type it, we can just ask Siri. Want to know what your best friend across the country is up to? Just push your Facebook app and, voila, there you go, everything she’s been up to at your fingertips. I don’t even know the last time I watched a commercial. It’s even becoming difficult to wait a week to watch the next episode of our favorite TV show. Read more....