Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it. Here are some ways to talk openly with your child.

I am privileged to have conversations with teenagers almost every day. We talk about everything from pop culture to relationships. Oftentimes, the relationship conversation goes far beyond their crushes, boyfriends, and girlfriends, and extends to family. Sometimes, things are great at home, and students are eager to talk.  Other times, they would much rather talk about anything but their families. Either way, in my attempt to get to know them better, family will eventually be mentioned, because I believe that there are very few aspects of life that influence us like family. 

To prevent child sexual abuse, it is important to keep the focus on adult responsibility while teaching children skills to help them protect themselves. Consider the following tips:

Preventing tooth decay is of the utmost importance, especially in children. Here are five ways you can help prevent kids' tooth decay:

If you need some tips on keeping your little ones safe while bathing them, here are some helpful hints.

With the New Year comes resolutions. This year, one of my goals is to work toward investing my time, rather than merely spending it, in all endeavors! As a working mom, I have learned that meal prepping on a Sunday is beneficial for my family and gives me more time to invest in other areas during the work and school week. 

All children need discipline. Here are some helpful guidelines for you, as a parent.

If you are having trouble getting your child to do something when you ask, try this simple activity/game with your child.  Have him/her to become a member of “The First Time Club.”

Having trouble disciplining your child?  Try the 3 F’s to help you with discipline. Discipline should be:

One of the best ways to really understand your child is to get to know his/her world. Hang out with your child. Children are not always good about telling their mom or dad what their worries might be.

You can get in touch with your child’s needs and at the same time nurture a healthy relationship by:

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