By: Catherine Howarth. In the United States much emphasis is placed upon one’s appearance, specifically during the teenage years. Virtually all teenagers can name at least one imperfection on their bodies that makes them feel unhappy and self-conscious. This constant obsession with appearance usually leads to lowered confidence which can severely impact a teenager’s already [...]
by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC. Kids don’t come with a manual and neither does parenting. For the most part, good communication gets you through the rough times and helps to divert disaster. One dilemma that tends to stymie most parents centers around the friends your child chooses. Most of the time, kids make great [...]
To be a person of character, to make a difference, to save a life…PARENTS have to learn how to be an anti-bully.
By: Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC. Magazines, television and music today are all focused on bodies. Thin, young, and beautiful bodies supposedly equate to more money, power, and fame. Our youth has never had a narrower concept of beauty, nor have they ever had the pressure of being able to pose for a photo and [...]
By: T. Sherri Walker. Just recently, my oldest daughter began to experience the harsh reality of bullying or what I like to deem, the case of the “mean girl syndrome”. An allusion to the Tina Fey’s classic comedy, “Mean Girls”, the movie depicted (stereotypically, nonetheless) the institution of bullying. Of course, like most cinematic tales [...]
By: Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC. Parents, your daughter’s safety may depend upon you knowing her text and instant messaging lingo. Numerous web sites including TrueCare.net and Netsmartz.org are now helping parents learn how to understand what their kids are saying to each other in an effort to prevent and stop bullying. For example, did [...]
By: Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC. Bullying is thought of as being an ordinary passage of growing up. We all remember being pelted with some sort of hurtful words. Some kids remember being beaten up on the playground. Although this wounded many children of generations past, it wasn’t always taken seriously. When we hear the [...]
By: Don Harrold. As a father, I’ve been concerned with how schools manage the issue of bullying. The school system and I agree that bullying is wrong and we likewise agree that it shouldn’t be tolerated. We even agree that the first response of a child being bullied shouldn’t just be to haul off and [...]
Bullying is a serious problem that can have serious consequences for your daughter. Find out what to do if your toddler is being bullied.
By: Kathleen Semp. I recently wrote a piece about modeling our behavior for our daughters. That whole bit about actions being louder than words. Well I think most of us are still not getting it. There have been so many accounts lately of girls bullying each other. The kind of violence that is coming out [...]