How to Talk to Your Kids About Nasty People

The other day, I was chatting with my mom and my almost 11 year old son about current events. The light version because my son is a gentle soul who doesn't really need to hear what I really think of some people. I think this is important because as my son gets older, he becomes more aware of the world. He watches TV. He can read headlines. He has access to the Internet. He is extremely intelligent (top two in his class) and very perceptive....more

Is Bullying a Form of Abuse?

 2.5 minute readAfter having experienced both abuse and bullying in my life, I realized that abuse felt a lot like being bullied and being bullied felt a lot like being abused. So, I began to wonder if it is fair to say that bullying is a form of abuse?...more

Guiding Your Bully to a Better Place

 Apparently, bullying starts younger than I remember....more

When your bully lives at home

My son likes to tell me stories about his classmates' behavior at school. (He's a bit of a talker.) I know all about the children who use too many paper towels, or the ones who never sleep during quiet time, and even about the ones who have too many "hateful words." I remind my son that I am only interested in his behavior....more
Yes, my older siblings were bullies. I was also bullied in school from 3rd through 9th grade. ...more

My childhood bullies contacted me on Facebook

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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

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