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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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Making Memories in IKEA

“We passed through the seven layers of the wood furniture forest and into the farthest reach of the store when the 6-year-old gives me the look of desperation and says ‘ I have to poop!'”

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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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Serena Williams Just Elevated All Moms with These Thoughts on Motherhood

Serena Williams lays it all out about motherhood and we can totally relate.

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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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When Your Child Is the Bully

“Parents can be left wondering how this behavior started and how they didn’t notice it sooner.”

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This Dad Tried Kindness When Confronting His Son’s Bully & It Was So Necessary

Here’s what happened when one dad confronted his son’s bully.

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Instagram Can Detect Bullying in Photos & This Is Huge for Teens

Instagram gets serious about tackling its cyberbullying problem.

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I’m Raising My Kids to Be Upstanders because The World Needs More Kindness

“I’ve sought to raise upstanders because I consider cultivating empathy to be one of my most important jobs as a parent.”

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How to Raise an Optimistic Human in a Pessimistic World

If you’re raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative—but don’t give up.

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Welcome to the Jungle, We Have Fun & Games

“We have become a family of parrots. Sometimes I roar like a tiger.”

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How to Protect Your Kids from Identity Theft—for Free

Here’s what you can do to protect your child against identity theft.

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How to Talk to Your Child When They’re Disappointed

As a child psychologist and a parent, I have not only helped parents with this struggle, but I’m a player in the game, and it’s not easy.  

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Before You Click That Weird Video on Facebook Messenger, Read This

Another critically important reminder to think before you click on social media.

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How I Healed My Abusive Childhood

I grew up the only child of a poor single mother who, because of her own demons, couldn’t give me the attention that every child deserves.  When I was seven, a man offered to let me attend his sleepaway camp…

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3 Ways Parents Can Ruin Kids With An Allowance

It can be hard to decide to give your children an allowance. It seems like there are a million parents writing articles explaining that you will ruin your children if you give them an allowance. Well, they aren’t completely wrong.…

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I Think That Every Single Mom Will Benefit From Hearing This Perspective

A Spoke contributor gives a real-life perspective about balancing the bad with the good.

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Why I Would Encourage You to Be a Best Friend

Why this Spoke Contributor would encourage you to be a best friend, not a bully friend. 

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How to Raise an Optimistic Kid in a Pessimistic World

If you’re raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. But don’t give up. Here are six ways to find the silver lining in every cloud.

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I Learned to Be the Example of the Kind, Accepting Woman I Want My Girls to Become

Dear Mama Friends,

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Parenting is hard. No one gave any of us a handbook (and if they did I totally missed that part of the class). Today’ society also brings about challenges that have become…

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An Open Letter to My Black Sons About Racism

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Dear Sons:
I fear I’ve failed you by teaching you skin color doesn’t matter . . . when clearly it does. Maybe I should’ve taught you something different. Something closer to the truth.

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A Letter to the Newly Separated or Divorced

A letter to you, on the day you decided to leave your marriage:

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Congratulations. You just made a really, really hard decision. It’s something you probably agonized over for months, maybe even years. You likely…

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Liar, Liar Pants on Fire: Making Kids Say Sorry When They Don’t Mean It

Yes, we all do it. We make them say, “I am sorry” even when they are not.  Or maybe they just don’t understand what there is to be sorry for. Regardless, over and over I hear parents tell their kids…

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A Parenting Lesson on Accepting Fault: Don’t Blame Mr. Boom

Swish, swish, clack, giggle.
Swish, swish, clack, sob.

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I was sweeping the floors yesterday when I watched my toddler, and assistant sweeper, drop a broom stick on her foot. She had been picking it up…

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The Stomach Flu With Kids Is Miserable AF

It happens every winter and always at the worst possible moment. You’re just sitting down to watch a movie with your spouse, you’re getting ready to visit the in-laws at Christmas, or it’s the middle of the night, and you’re…

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: 5 Common Parenting Mistakes and Their Soution

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We lived in the 21st century. We consider ourselves as a highly developed, highly intellectual people, who are busy in exploring the latest technology every day. Nowadays, we have more options than ever before in creating new ways…

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How to Teach Kids the Importance of Good Credit

As a father of six children, I have tried to pass along life lessons to each of them on a consistent basis. Two of my children are college bound, and of late I have been trying to stress the importance to…

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Shifting Your Understanding: Learn Why Your Teen May Give Into Peer Pressures

It’s so easy to forget just how pervasive peer pressure is as a kid and how susceptible kids are to peer pressure when they’re young. In fact, it’s one of the big differences between adolescents and adults.
Teenage Peer Pressure…

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The Addiction We Didn’t See Coming

Photo: Tyler Jacobson
Addiction is a threat to everyone. That doesn’t mean that everyone can and will fall victim to addiction, but we’re all capable of it.
My son, high school student, was never a straight-A student. Let’s be real,…

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Kid TV Isn’t Eating My Child’s Brain…It Is Eating MINE!

I have spent
NINE YEARS watching kids’ shows. They all have one thing in common…
They all suck.

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Without further adieu…here are the suckiest of the sucky…
Caillou
This little brat gets the number one…

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Feel Good About the World Again After Reading This Man’s Small Act of Kindness

Small things often have a large impact. Coty Vincent is a mom of twins and was looking to rent a car after being the victim of a hit-and-run accident. While in Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Coty had her hands full (literally!) with…

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