Open Letter to the Mom Who Said Parents Should Relax About Kids' Food Allergies

If you were on Facebook or Twitter or online at all last week you no doubt had the pleasure of reading the Mean Girls-style sorority rant that was making the rounds. What you might have missed, however, was the food allergy-fueled mommy version. Image: Courtesy of Kid Cultivation ...more
I said it before and I say again. If you live with this incredible fear that your child could ...more

When a Bully Takes it Back

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.~ Albert Enstein...more

I was bullied. Weren't you?

I was bullied in grade school. I can’t pinpoint when it started because it was more of a gradual increase of meanness than a specific event....more

Deflowering a Believer

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmYou know how they say that your children will always be your babies, even when they're grown?Well, that's maybe a little more true for one of my kiddos than for the others.My little Bella is just more child-like than most kids her age. Chalk it up to her delay, her learning disabilities, her short stature if you want. She recently turned 15, but if you met her, you might think she was more like 10 or 11....more

DIY Stitches

Usually it doesn’t matter what Matt Lauer says; it’s always beautiful. As long as words are cascading off his delicate-in-a-manly-way lips, they’re forming sentences I want to hear.But this morning when he started telling a story about Whitney Kropp, a Michigan teenager who contemplated suicide after being elected to her homecoming court as a “joke,” my heart plummeted in a way contrary to my usual Matt Lauer Response....more

back to school nightmare

 Yesterday was the second day of school for my kids, and I was naturally very anxious and worried a few days before school started because you want your little ones to have a great time, a great teacher and to learn and grow in a positive way....more
I'm so sorry to hear your story. It makes ME anxious just thinking about it.more

Mean Girls Come From Mean Moms

Ah… the end of summer is upon us. We’ve survived for the most part and have spent the past 2 weeks preparing, buying supplies and new clothes to start the year....more

How Will Our Kids Learn if Adults Bully One Another?

Anti-bullying campaigns dominate the Internet lately, and rightfully so. Frequently we turn on our computers and head to our favorite news websites to learn that yet another child has taken his life as a result of incessant teasing or ridicule from his peers. As adults we experience empathy not only for the tormented victim but also for his parents and their overwhelming sense of loss from the death of their beloved child. Unfortunately, though, bullying is not strictly relegated to the under-18 crowd. I think, until we put an end to adult bullying, more and more of our children will turn to this behavior as a socially-accepted manner of elevating themselves within their own peer groups....more
 @kaurnawoman So true! Too often professional athletes have a tough time turning off their ...more

When the Bully Wins: Why Was This Allowed to Happen to My Daughter?

On the advice of legal counsel, I am temporarily pulling this post.  I hope you understand. Audrey *************...more
Audrey, you're very brave to write all of this out. I agree with Carol that we need some other ...more

~The Bully and the Bullied~

Childhood is a funny thing.  The parts we remember, the parts we can’t remember, and the parts we try to forget.  I sat down in a restaurant one day with a friend during our lunch break at the local college.  The waiter walks up to me with a huge smile of recognition.  “You know who I am, right?”  He asked still beaming. Of course I didn’t remember him.  I can point-blank tell you about something insignificant 2 years ago on Facebook, but please don’t try to get me to remember faces or names.  I squinted, and...more
@@BehavioralChild hahaha, thanks!more