Safe: How I'll Talk to My Kids About Newtown

During one of the first weeks of Kindergarten my daughter came home and told me they practiced hiding. Huh? "You know. In case a stranger comes to school, so we be safe," she told me. "Mrs. J locks the door and turns off the lights and we all go to our hiding places." It was all very matter of fact. I asked JP if his class practiced hiding, too. "Oh yeah. It's like a fire drill or tornado drill, you know, just in case." "So we be safe."...more
It is instinct to want to guard our children from all harm, but knowing they have a personal ... more

Mr. President, Your Family Is Not More Important Than Mine

Recently, in an appearance on the morning chat show on CNN, Jessica Yellin revealed that President Obama has not done more outreach to Republicans because he wants to spend more time at home as a family. I give him a great deal of credit for wanting to be a hands-on dad. That is a wonderful thing. I mean that sincerely. He brought those two girls into the world and he is responsible for them. They deserve to have a childhood....more
Right on Jenna, good perspective! more

About Karen the Bus Monitor: Why Can't We Be Kind to Each Other?

A 68-year-old woman named Karen (who is a widow and a former bus driver of 20 years) has the unenviable job of riding a school bus in the name of “monitoring” the kids. Basically she’s there to keep situations from escalating and anyone from getting hurt. In the video, she is shown sitting alone in a seat, looking out the window and trying to maintain composure whilst a crowd of truly vile middle school students call her names, call her ugly, poke her, and basically be as loathsome as possible to her. ...more
Read What Should You Do? Use this summer to find moments to practice safety. more

About Karen the Bus Monitor: Why Can't We Be Kind to Each Other?

A 68-year-old woman named Karen (who is a widow and a former bus driver of 20 years) has the unenviable job of riding a school bus in the name of “monitoring” the kids. Basically she’s there to keep situations from escalating and anyone from getting hurt. In the video, she is shown sitting alone in a seat, looking out the window and trying to maintain composure whilst a crowd of truly vile middle school students call her names, call her ugly, poke her, and basically be as loathsome as possible to her. ...more
Use as a talking point with your Tweens! Say no to bad behavior, Go and tell. Safety author, ... more

My Son Got Into a Fight Trying to Be the Hero

I wasn't expecting to hear about a fight. Yes, I have four sons who tangle on the floor every once in a while. They roll around and then get up and walk away like nothing ever happened. They ask each other, "You ok?" "Ya! I'm fine," the hurt one will say with an easy grin and a carefully constructed giggle. "That doesn't hurt ME." Oh tough guys. Soft, lovable, tender-tough. I am your mommy, so I know the truth....more
I LOVED your story about your dad knocking. The lights out of those two you g men! If I were ... more

How Far Would You Go to Protect Your Child? Would You Kill Someone?

I try to avoid the news. Okay, not all the news -- just the news that talks about cannibals eating someone’s face off or something along those lines. I mean, dear Lord, is it really necessary to run a headline on that story and then put a warning about graphic photos? Does the world really need to see graphic photos of a man whose face was eaten off by a cannibal? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…no. I did, however, break my no-sensational-story rule when I saw the headline, “Texas dad beats 4-year-old daughter's alleged attacker to death” in the Los Angeles Times....more
Re killing the pedophile, molester in question. Let us agree that he stopped him. The father's ... more

How Far Would You Go to Protect Your Child? Would You Kill Someone?

I try to avoid the news. Okay, not all the news -- just the news that talks about cannibals eating someone’s face off or something along those lines. I mean, dear Lord, is it really necessary to run a headline on that story and then put a warning about graphic photos? Does the world really need to see graphic photos of a man whose face was eaten off by a cannibal? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…no. I did, however, break my no-sensational-story rule when I saw the headline, “Texas dad beats 4-year-old daughter's alleged attacker to death” in the Los Angeles Times....more
Re- documentary, I actually trained with an officer who showed me how easily children can be led ... more

How Far Would You Go to Protect Your Child? Would You Kill Someone?

I try to avoid the news. Okay, not all the news -- just the news that talks about cannibals eating someone’s face off or something along those lines. I mean, dear Lord, is it really necessary to run a headline on that story and then put a warning about graphic photos? Does the world really need to see graphic photos of a man whose face was eaten off by a cannibal? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…no. I did, however, break my no-sensational-story rule when I saw the headline, “Texas dad beats 4-year-old daughter's alleged attacker to death” in the Los Angeles Times....more
You bet I could. In Texas if the father was carrying a gun, and used that instead of his fists, ... more

My Ten Year-Old Grandson Rescues a Toddler from Drowning

My ten year-old grandson, Andrew-Jordan, who is ever vigilant of other children, often playing the role of Big Brother, and who is also very protective of his younger brother, Elijah, came to the rescue of a two-year old toddler yesterday. Had it not been for his always-on-alert watchful eye, and sensing that this little boy that’d just befriended him, who’d already taken a great liking to him—following him around like a shadow—that child could have drowned in the deep end of the pool....more
Safety hero forever! In my book, we spend time gong over the fact that all children can save ... more

A Stranger Picked Up My Child and Walked Away

And then it happened. A total stranger picked up my child. She didn't ask. In fact, she TOOK him from me. I'm standing there holding Asher's hand as he danced next to me, while with my other hand I was recording Angela and Axel dancing. I was HOLDING his hand. I thought Dean had picked him up, only turned to find a total stranger had not only picked up my child, but was walking away with him....more
Wow! Wow! Good restraint Mom. The woman was NOT displaying good adult behavior. Speaking to ... more