The Sandusky Trial

Where do you begin? The horror of the children, now grown, retelling of the abuse of their mentor? How do we begin to make sense of this or make sure we can stop this kind of abuse? SO MANY CHILDREN ARE WALKING AROUND SHROUDED WITH TERRIBLE SECRETS!...more

Why I grab my chest when I hear the word POPCORN

My oldest son was about 7 years old when we first realized we needed to have a special "secret" word for him to use.  It was the beginning of the school year, and our son was learning about "Stranger Danger".   On this particular day, we were talking about getting in a car with someone they didn't know....more

To The Suicidal Stroller Moms Who Think They Own Our Subdivision

Dear Stroller Moms, Since we first moved to this subdivision, I have consistently seen your group during the mornings I either look out my window or actually step out of my house. I’m not friends with any of you, nor do I have any intention of becoming so. First of all, I won’t qualify given that my son no longer needs a stroller; and second, I have come to the realization that I’m better off pursuing fitness activities by my lonesome. But that’s actually the problem. I don’t think you’re walking around the subdivision with your strollers, sporting your sporty outfits, for fitness’ sake. And how do I know this? It’s because every time I see you, you are walking quite leisurely and all three of you are walking side by side… like you own the freakin’ road!!...more
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No Fear

Moving from the suburbs to the heart of the city a couple of years ago meant more than a change in geography. It was an entire change of lifestyle -- one I don't regret. I don't miss much about the suburbs, not even the assumed safety of the suburbs compared to the city. ...more

Why Aren't Crib Deaths Front Page News?

Originally from Danielle Elwood Dot Com This week in my Facebook feed I have seen the same The Stir on Cafemom article pop up a number of times. The first couple of times I ignored it but the more it was published the more it ate at me....more

An Interview by Mr. Ethen Carrell

Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do? ...more

Tell, save another........

Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do?Patty’s story……why at 90 years old, she decided to tell BY AUTHOR MELINDATRIPP Many years ago, back in 1921, in a nice quiet neighborhood in Minneapolis, Patty, just five years old,was molested, by her friend’s father. She never went back to play and she never told. she want children to be empowered to tel! Patty shares her story, in her own words in What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century, Tate Publishing 2010 CHILDRENKIDSPARENTINGPARENTING A SAFE CHILDTEACHSAFETYUNCATEGORIZED ...more

Things to Watch For After a Blow to the Head

Today, my 16-month-old daughter experienced her first bump on the noggin (click HERE for full story).  In light of my last post, this is sort of hilarious...I am NOT a nurse, but I called a local health-line to find out if I should be seriously concerned about Celia, and this is the list of questions they asked me, and things they gave me to watch for (in brackets are the 'good' answers):...more

KIDS, TEACH THEM THE DRILL! Yep, the safety drill!

Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do? EMERGENCY DRILLS? Not just for fires any more....... REALLY? Won’t it just scare them……? Not if you do a good job.  That goes for teaching any safety lesson....more


Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You ? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century Tate Publishing 2012 , Amazon This caught my attention! Child in the news, sang his address for 911 operator... This is how I recommend you teach toddlers, preschoolers to memorize a favored number or address, use a known tune with your rhymed word to make a safety song. My grandson uses his Dad's cell number, the number ends in a one, so we ended the song with" that's my Daddy I'm his son!" Try it, let me know how it works! ...more