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Why We Share Our Journey

“Do you know how much preparation (both physically and emotionally) and courage it takes for some of us to just take our kids out of the house because we know the stares and judgment we’ll get just for being different?”

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself before Gathering for the Holidays

“You aren’t responsible for making sure everyone in your extended family has a ‘happy holiday season.’ Your first commitment should be to protect the mental health of yourself, your spouse, and your children.”

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Who’s the Real Bully Here?

If you want to find the source of a child’s bullying, look at children’s behavior—it’s hard not to see a reflection of the environment in which they are being raised.

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Lies We Tell Our Kids—& Ourselves—about Bullying

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Being bullied has taught me a lot over the years. Lessons learned in childhood run deep and last long. We learn to not be noticed. That we must try to fit in. That certain people and places and…

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Scholastic Celebrates 100 Years with a Brand New Platform for Parents & Educators

Scholastic is turning 100 and to celebrate they are launching an amazing new resource for parents and educators.

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Teachers Aren’t Responsible for Saving Our Country

“The pressure on teachers to keep kids safe through sanitary steps, proper mask-wearing, and socially distancing is tremendous making the main function of school—teaching academic content to children—nearly impossible.”

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Why Is June Pride Month in the US?

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of what historians consider the start of annual Pride traditions.”

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Don’t Take My Parenting Advice (I Know Just as Little as You Do)

“Look, we’re all struggling out here in parent-land. The terrain is rough, the climate is inhospitable, and the leadership, on its best day, can best be described as ‘meh.'”

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To the Mom Who Left Her Abuser

“To the brave mamas that scooped up her children, without a dime in her pocket or any idea how she was going to make it, and chose to save herself and her family from any more pain at the hands of their abuser—I think you’re brave.”

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When Domestic Violence Happens to Someone You Know

​​​​​​​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are experiencing domestic violence, or think someone you know might be, please know there is help. You are not alone. Call the national domestic abuse hotline for help and resources.

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Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens

I want my kids to learn not only how to be safe online but also how to creatively, positively and productively navigate the online world—the hallmarks of a good citizen.

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5 Tools to Arm Your Child against the Effects of Bullying

Bullies have been around forever so until there’s a time when there are fewer bullies, help protect your children by arming them with education. Knowledge is their power.

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Reclaiming the Joy of Childhood as an Adult

Here’s how I managed to do it.

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The FDA Just Approved the First New Antidepressant in Over 30 Years

A new option for people struggling with depression could be a literal lifesaver.

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Watch This Single Mom Make “Shark Tank” Investors Cry with Her Powerful Pitch

Even these tough sharks couldn’t hold back over this mom’s emotional story.

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He’s Mean Because He Needs Manners—Not because “He Likes You”

“His name was John and he was full of nervous energy. I forgot all about him—until my daughter told me about a boy in her 2nd grade class.”

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Here’s Why the “Moms & Wine” Meme Might Not Be So Funny Anymore

There are plenty of jokes about moms and wine, but alcohol use among women is no laughing matter.

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Here’s Why I’m Proud to Be Divorced & No, I’m Not a Failure

I’m not going to hide in the shadows of divorce shame.

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Why This Man is Thankful to be Called Daddy

Like most prospective fathers, I was beyond excited when my wife first told me she was pregnant. I had dreams of being a loving and playful father to my first child, praying each night over my wife’s pregnant body for…

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Why This Father is Driven to Recruit 10,000 New Foster Parents

Foster parenting has created a sense of urgency within me to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Perhaps it is due to the children’s horror stories that I have been witness to, and have watched come…

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My Confessions As the Mom of a Strong Willed Child

I yell at my kids.

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I’ve grabbed my son Jack by the arm and literally dragged him to his room. I have slapped his hand, spanked his butt and told him I’m moving to California…

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Sometimes Epic Parent Fails Just Happen… And It Totally Doesn’t Matter

Here’s the deal. There are some parenting fails that are epic. There are some truly terrible parents out there. I think we can all agree that if you beat your child or lock them in a closet, those are some…

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How Foster Parenting Has Transformed Me

“How has your life changed while being a foster parent?”

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It was a question I had been asked a great deal of late.  Recently, I had been doing the rounds of radio and tv interviews…

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LulaRoe Is Offering Refunds for Its Lula-Lemons

Find out what you’ll need to do if you want to get a refund for your LulaRoe leggings.

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Why Your Children Need You to be in a Healthy Relationship

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One of the biggest mistakes that some parents can make, in my opinion, is neglecting their relationship. When children come into the mix, so many of us put our relationship on the backburner, thinking it’s in the best…

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Protecting Your Child: 5 Ways To Teach Your Kids To Be Smart Around Stranger

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Some children are friendly and trusting in their very nature. Others may be shy, but still likely to do whatever they are told by an authority figure. Even children who seem sensible will not be aware…

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Today’s Message of So-Called Love Could End Up Costing the Youth of Tomorrow

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This is what I know: men and women were never meant to define each other.
Finding ourselves all wrapped up in another person is like eating too much chocolate. It tastes good on the way down but…

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From Kindergarten to College Sports: How to Protect your Kids

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Predators deliberately seek employment and volunteer positions where they will gain the trust of kids, their parents and everyone around them. Parents need to be mindful of this when placing their kids in sports, camps, or youth-serving organizations.…

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Why You Need to Discuss “Safe” and “Unsafe” Touch

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Every parent’s worst fear is having their child subjected to sexual harassment and defilement.
In many communities, most especially traditional ones where the culture keeps kids at bay by the unsaid kids-are-to-be-seen-but-not-heard, listen-to-your-elders, treat-your-elders-with-respect mentality,…

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Pow! Bam! Shazaam! Meet 11 Atlanta Power Moms

Who knew? Super Heroes! Right here in Atlanta! Read all about their amazing feats in this year’s round-up of Atlanta Power Moms.

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Understanding Digital Dating Abuse and What It Means for Kids

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Being a parent means not only having the responsibility of teaching our kids but educating ourselves as well. Ever heard the term “digital dating abuse”? I am a child and victim advocate and yet this term is…

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Be Even More Careful, America – Respecting Authority Can Be Dangerous

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Red Tricycle.

Photo: Ivan Bandura – A kid whistling at the nationalists during Brighton March for England, CC BY…

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On Target and How I’m Parenting Through Controversial Issues

When abuse is your first memory, it colors who you are.
I was molested when I was a preschooler, and it has rippled through my life ever since. The “predator” was a 17-year-old kid who lived across the street. And…

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