Communication

Prep Your Family For Holiday Gatherings

For many, the holidays in November and December are a time of family gatherings, vacations, and travel.  These gatherings can include family, friends that are like family, blended families, kids’ friends, other adults. Teaching our children that our doors are open and generous can be a benefit to the season: there is a lot of…

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The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear (courtesy of Gavin de Becker) Covid-19 is frightening. And because of Covid’s impact on our daily lives, the decisions parents must sometimes make regarding their kids may be also be harmful and, in the extreme, traumatic. During the pandemic, parents must sometimes make quick decisions regarding child care. When that happens,…

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Hiring Caregivers For Back to School 2020 – Think Pandemic and Personal Safety

Amazing how quickly our worlds have been turned upside down. We were all hoping for a return to normalcy once summer ended.  This we know is not happening.  So what are parents to do? There are a ton of scenarios that parents and caregivers are sharing with us as we head “Back to School. ”…

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Want to Raise a Problem Solver? Play the What if? Game

Problem solving is an important daily life skill that needs practice. As parents we often ‘fix’ our children’s problems. Sometimes it is to save time. Sometimes it is out of fear of our child getting hurt physically or emotionally. But we now know that as parents a gift we can give them is the opportunity…

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Vetting and Hiring Caregivers During Summer 2020 – Think Pandemic and Personal Safety

Amazing how quickly our worlds have been turned upside down. We were all looking for a return to normalcy to occur once online/home schooling ended. For most of us this is not going to happen. Camps, understandably, are not opening up as they can not ensure the safety of our kids and their employees. So…

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A Child’s View – Sheltering at Home with My Abuser

Adults, this will be a difficult read. Our kids need us to know the facts before we can truly help them. And just like that, snap, the children were home. For some families, the experience has been an opportunity for peaceful self-reflection, new rhythms in the family schedule, spending quality time interacting with each other,…

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We Need Our Kids To Know They Can Come To Us About Anything

  We often assume that if our child has a problem they would come to us no matter their age. But often a child/teen might hold back from talking with you about something important because they do not want to add to your burden.  It is imperative, especially in these times when we are under…

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What’s in Your “Endurance Bag”? Coping during COVID-19 and beyond

What if you knew there were easy steps you could take to keep your children safe? And how wonderful would it be that these steps not only kept them safe, but also ensured they would have healthy coping skills for life?  You can create your own “Endurance Bag” and help your children with this too!…

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Birds and Bees: You can never have enough tips to talk about sex!

KidSafe’s philosophy is to empower parents to talk with their children about their personal safety – that means talking to kids about their bodies, relationships, boundaries, love, and everything in between. These conversations make your kids smarter for sure and safer too! Check out what NPR had to say in this article: The Birds And…

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Q: What do I do if a child tells me—or hints—that they are being abused? 

A: The child has found the courage to tell you about a difficult experience because they trust you and they need help. This is your chance to prove that they trusted the right person. Perhaps you are a part of their Circle of Safe Adults. Here are the key steps to follow: Remain calm. Do…

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