An Illegal Hit

The worst case scenario in football, our son was tackled and sustained a concussion. My husband and I watched it happen to our fourth grade son. We saw him slammed into as the other player speared him from the side in an illegal hit leading with his helmet. Our son crumpled to the ground and we could hear him crying from the sidelines. As he sat on the sidelines and watched his team continue the fight without him, he made a choice to go back into the game....more

Biggest Childhood Fear

 Every child has fears.  It's reasonable because a child has not yet developed comprehension of the world around them and how it works.  Shadows on the wall at night that move are ghost or monsters that will attack when they close their eyes.   My fears as a child went deeper.  Things I could see with my eyes did not cause me to fear.  Things I could not see did.  Things I could feel but didn't know where they came from caused me fear, like sounds in the night. ...more

Through education, youth act to prevent violence against women

After taking part in the third of a series of training-of-trainers workshops, 45 youth leaders from the girl guiding movement prepare to lead prevention activities back home. ...more

Letter to my 18 Year Old Self

Lord love us you would think I would be tired of festival wear by now but nope, I am still stuck on logo tanks, white lace/crochet and gladiators. Ottawa has been experiencing a heat advisory ( and does it sound awful that I am loving it?) but a heat advisory calls for totally " cool" clothes and I mean temperature cool not " festival" cool....more

How old do you feel?

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers asked me how old I was. She said she wanted to know because I seemed to have too much energy. I asked her to guess, and she said 28. ...more
I feel quite old. Deciding to live a "younger" life this year, and documenting my journey ...more

The age of questions

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Forever Young...

Do you ever wonder if you are really young at heart?  I mean I'm young but I'm not as young as I used to be five years ago or five minutes ago.  But as a dear friend said to me, "I will never be as young as I am at this moment."...more

It gets better, girls

I was browsing Slate.com when a blogpost about a relatively new trend among teenage girls on Youtube stuck out to me. The girls post videos of themselves asking the world to tell them if they’re pretty or ugly....more

The End Of Youth?

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Back to School Supply Drives for Older Youth

I've been a social worker for over a dozen years and worked in human services for nearly twenty. I've coordinated all sorts of drives and events and donations. Without exception, the most difficult group to attract needed donations has been teenagers. This was most evident when I worked in foster care and would seek donations of gifts at the holidays - we would often receive a handful of CD players (in 2006!) and get a lecture on gratitude.  Or I was told they were old enough to understand not getting a gift. Really?...more
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