Bullied Kids Speak Out

Jodee Blanco, editor of Bullied Kids Speak Out.
How bullied kids survive–and how you can too.
Issues: Different types of bullying, the problem with “zero tolerance” programs; how children should respond to bullies; the role of parents and teachers in stopping bullying; survival strategies for victims; how bullies can apologize.

Understanding Baby’s Mood + Happy At-Home Moms + Avoiding Judgmental Parents

Megan Faure, author of The Babysense Secret .
Topic: Learning how to understand your baby’s moods.
Issues: Creating a baby-centric routine and struggle less to get your baby to sleep; understanding your baby’s sensory world and signals to avoid overstimulation, which leads to fussiness.

Rachel Compos-Duffy, author of Stay Home, Stay Happy.
Topic: Secrets to loving at-home motherhood.
Issues: Embracing the choice to stay home with confidence; taking care of yourself guilt-free; mentally and physically recharging every day, and more.

Deborah Copaken-Kogan, author of] Hell is Other Parents.
Topic: Tales of maternal combustion.
Issues: A collection of witty, smart, funny, poignant essays on dealing with intrusive and judgmental other parents, modern working parenthood, raising a family on inadequate income.

Prescription Drug Abuse: You May Be Your Kid’s Pusher

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You’ve talked to your kids about drugs and alcohol, right? Cocaine, marijuana, maybe heroin, mushrooms, and crack. But what about prescrtion drug abuse? What about all that stuff in your medicine cabinet? About 80 percent of teenagers say that they’ve talked with their parents about alcohol and marijuana use, and about one in three said they’d they’d discussed cocaine and crack. But only 14-16 percent say that prescription drug abuse (including painkillers) ever came up.

It’s no big surprise, then, that nearly 25 percent of American teenagers—that’s more than 5 million kids—say they’ve abused prescription medications. That’s up 33 percent in just the past five years. Here are some of the sobering statistics from a poll of 3,900 9th-12th graders and 800 parents conducted by The Partnership at drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation:
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Why Buy Life Insurance?

Should you buy life insurance? Whom should it cover–you, your spouse, your kids? Term vs. whole life vs. annuities. In this guest post, Daron Skibosh sheds some much needed light on what can be a complicated muddle for a lot of us. 


No one knows how long they will live. What is certain is events will happen which are positive and negative. Any type of change costs money, but the tendency in life is for negative events to cost more. That reason alone is why everyone should have some type of life insurance policy.

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Better Thinking Skills + Change Your Attitude + Positive Discipline + Screamfree Parenting

[amazon asin=B008JUVDUE&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Michael Starbird, coauthor of The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking.
Topic: Not everyone is born a genius, but you can train your brain to think better.
Issues: Learning to understand things more deeply; turning mistakes into insights; how answers can lead to questions; creating new ideas from old ones; how to promote effective thinking.

[amazon asin=0983528772&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Jude Bijou, author of Attitude Reconstruction.
Topic: A blueprint for building a better life
Issues: Could all your problems stem from unexpressed sadness, anger, or fear? Is it possible to turn your life around in less than five minutes a day? Communication rules that let you speak up about anything to anyone.

[amazon asin=B008P5BK1U&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 3: Ronald Mah, author of Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood.
Topic: Positive discipline for pre-K – third grade and beyond.
Issues: Reconciling different behavioral expectations of families and schools; applying timeout effectively; motivating children immediately and powerfully; identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, and special needs.

[amazon asin=0767927435&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 4: Hal Runkel, author of Screamfree Parenting.
Topic: Raising your kids by keeping your cool.
Issues: Why your emotional reactions to a child’s misbehavior backfires; parenting is not about kids—it’s about parents; why the greatest thing we can do for our kids is learn to focus on ourselves; how empty threats are really broken promises.

Looking for On-line Privacy? Unfortunately, There’s No App for That

Nearly a year ago (February, 2012), staff at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report called Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures are Disappointing in which they found that little or no information on privacy practices or interactive features of mobile apps was made available to parents before those apps were downloaded from either the Apple or Android app stores. The results, as the title of the report indicate, were disappointing.

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