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Adam, The Life of a Boy With Downs Syndrome

By Sherri L Levesque I was about half way through my pregnancy and we had and ultrasound scheduled for a sex check. Adam’s father was standing there as the ultrasound tech smiled, she knew we had four girls already. She looked very happy “you want to know the sex of the baby” she said. We…

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How To Forge A Connection With Your Tween

Many parents view the tween years to be a huge challenge.  All of a sudden, your youngster is more interested in cell phones and time with friends.  Family bonding seems like a joke. Even though it may seem otherwise, your tween still needs you.  This transitional stage is reminiscent of the toddler years.  Your child…

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Twitter Question: What age is it best to have kids?

Hi Keomi, I’m not sure why someone so young is asking this question, but I want to tell you that having children should be the farthest thing from your mind at your age. Be young, have fun, experience life without the responsibility of taking care of another person and meet someone worthy of having children…

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10 Tips For Being A Single Parent

Being a single parent is not easy for anyone. It can be very challenging to look after a child or several children while balancing a job, paying bills and more. Here are 10 tips for being a single parent. Love Children need love. In fact, they need the love of a parent the most. Keep…

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Sexual Abuse – Why Children Don’t Tell

We often hear the question, “Why don’t children tell someone when something bad is happening to them?” Parents say with certainty, “My child would tell me if someone was abusing them.” If only it were that easy. Statistics show that 73% of children do not tell anyone about sexual abuse for at least one year.…

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Teen Sexual Abuse: What Parents And Victims Can Do About It

Protecting teens from sexual abuse is very complicated. Most teens want to find relationships outside the family for friendship, companionship, security, and advice. In addition, teens are also still at the stage where they are easily confused and embarrassed about their own sexuality; thus, establishing better communication can be very challenging. It is sad that…

Cutting: Not Just a Trend for Emo Kids

Can’t stand Morressy, but still find yourself drawn to the shiny edge of a razor-blade? Never fear, you’re not alone. Despite the alarmist news reports, cutting is not some cultural crisis on the brink of overtaking the next generation. Sure, a moody teenager is more likely to show off an artful armful of scabs or…

End Child Sexual Abuse – Addressing Suspicious Behaviors

Children are best protected when everyone in the community is informed and taking appropriate actions that keep kids safe.  One important action for keeping kids safe is recognizing and responding to suspicious behaviors of people who could potentially be grooming a child for sexual abuse.  In a previous e-series, we talked about spotting risky behaviors. …