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Why I Refuse to Teach My Children that Everyone Wins

I’m going against the modern grain and teaching my children that not everyone wins, and here’s why.

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They were at it again. I could hear my boys squabbling over yet another episode of “Special Agent Oso.” It had come to the end of the episode where the stuffed bear agent “rewards” the viewing children with a special medal.

My boys always, without fail, will start arguing long before the medal part shows up. They argue over who is going to be the winner of the medal. Sometimes it gets pretty heated. They will even get physical with each other on occasion. It’s actually quite comical for me to witness.

When they first started fighting over the silly medal on this tv show, I almost stepped in.

I almost stepped in and told them that they needed to share the medal; that everyone wins.

Then, I stopped myself. Continue reading

Policies Your Church Needs For Protection From Predators

Who would have thought that church would be in the top list of places that pedophiles target? I know it was certainly not something I expected to hear. But, as a victim of someone within church authority, I can see how churches make themselves vulnerable to sexual predators.

Today is part two of my series about protecting your children from predators. If you are just starting in on the series, you can start {here} and head on back to this post.

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When you go to church, you want to know that you can trust people there. It is church, after all. Church should be safe. It’s a place where Continue reading

6 Ways To Help Protect Your Child From Predators

You can empower yourself with info to help protect your child.

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I debated about posting this now, but in lieu of the Stanford rape case, I feel like it is appropriate. Now, what I’m about to write about isn’t necessarily the same exact scenario. But, it has to do with sexual assault, and it is something close to my heart because I was one of them. I once was a defenseless child who had everything stripped from her, and I am still (over 20 years later) dealing with the aftermath of that nightmare. For the longest time I wanted to talk about it. I knew it was important. I wanted to speak out against it. But frankly, I didn’t quite have the courage.

I do now.

I have the courage to speak out against the evil that prevails. For every young child, teenager, adult – I have the courage. I don’t know much about assault between adults. But, I know an awful lot about childhood sexual assault. I know way more than I should. I know . . . because Continue reading

When I Feel Like A Parenting Failure

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Last night I found myself crying . . . again. I feel like that’s all I do sometimes. Hormones will do that to you. But this time, I was crying for a reason that I find myself in tears over many times after a bad day.

I sat next to my husband on the couch and squeezed his hand. I focused my attention on the blinds covering the large living room window. Why does that one blind always look crooked?

“I feel like such a failure as a parent sometimes,” I choked out as Continue reading

Three Essentials for Traveling with Children

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Twizzlers twists and a grabber claw are among some of the necessary essentials that can aid in making traveling with children smoother and easier.

As I’ve mentioned a few months ago, the Marine Corps is moving us cross-country to California this Fall. That will be the longest trip we’ve ever made as a family. To be honest, I’m not really looking forward to it such a long trip. But, we have definitely come up with some essentials that make traveling with children easier, and these essentials will be a huge benefit to us on our long journey.

I thought I would share these essentials we’ve put together, as they can be a help to anyone needing to travel with children. Continue reading

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