The most valuable things in your child’s life aren’t things!

What do children really need? What is our perception of our kids’ needs? Are we providing them with what they truly need?  These questions have crossed my mind as I spend hours observing children at the beach. You see children basically dragging themselves to the beach carrying their tablets and iPads while their parents are…

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Why Simplifying May Protect Our Children’s Mental Health

TRACY GILLETT When my Dad was growing up he had one sweater each winter. One. Total. He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his sweater. If the elbows got holes in them my Grandma patched them back together. If he lost his sweater he’d recount his steps to find it again. He guarded it like…

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RIP Currents: Break the Grip

The roaring waves are beautiful to listen to and playing in them can be fun, as well. But, please be extra vigilant to watch weak swimmers. They will tire quickly and can also be bowled over and under those strong waves and disappear in an instant. Learn about rip currents and how you can free…

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Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant

The Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children (PMMC) grant is an income support grant available to applicants who have suffered a loss of income from taking time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of their child or children, as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence. Eligibility information…

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THE SUPER PREDATORS: WHEN THE MAN WHO ABUSES YOU IS ALSO A COP.

If domestic abuse is one of the most underreported crimes, domestic abuse by police officers is virtually an invisible one. It is frighteningly difficult to track or prevent—and it has escaped America’s most recent awakening to the many ways in which some police misuse their considerable powers. http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/police-domestic-violence/ If your abuser is an officer of…

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What 2,000 deaths can teach us about living a good life

Think newspapers’ obituary sections are just about dying? Think again. They’re celebrations of humanity — with lessons for us all, according to data analyst Lux Narayan. New York City resident Lux Narayan (TED Talk: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries) jokes that he starts his mornings with scrambled eggs and a side of “let’s see…

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The best possible thing you can do to help your child through your divorce

http://ideas.ted.com/the-best-possible-thing-you-can-do-to-help-your-child-through-your-divorce/ Most kids will suffer for a short time after a marriage ends, but what exacerbates and extends their stress and anxiety is when they feel torn between two parents, says communication researcher Tamara Afifi. Fifteen years ago, I was doing field research for one of my first studies on divorce (TEDxUCSB Talk: The impact…

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Thirteen Reasons Why Talking Points

Talking Points 13 Reasons Why is a fictional story based on a widely known novel and is meant to be a cautionary tale. You may have similar experiences and thoughts as some of the characters in 13RW. People often identify with characters they see on TV or in movies. However, it is important to remember…

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