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Child Sexual Abuse: Putting the Problem in Context
Research indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood; sadly, 30-40% of these victims are abused by a family member and 50% are abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust. Although the majority of this child sexual abuse does not occur online, in the Internet age, offline sex abuse is fueled by pedophiles’ unprecedented access to child pornography and exacerbated as perpetrators post pictures online of their exploits. www.internetsafety101.org
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Such a great idea for your little one….. and you to do together this Labor Day Weekend. Imagination and play! I love it so much, I had to repost it. Thanks to SavvySource.com!
Building Fairy Houses
August 24, 2011
If your four-year-old has not asked you this question yet, it is sure to be on the tip of her tongue any day now.
Depending on how you answer, the query can lead your little one on to a wonderful outdoor art project: building a fairy house.
Fairies usually live, you can tell your curious kids, deep in the forest, under ledges, in the crook of a root system, or under a broad leaf. It’s a precarious world, and they go from place to place as the forest changes. What the fairies really need, then, is a beautiful fairy house. Would you like to make one?
“How do you build a fairy house?” That is the next question.
There are as many ways to build a fairy house as there are imaginative children, but the materials are always the same: things found in the natural world. Sticks, moss, bark, leaves, grass, flowers, shells, rocks and anything else the kids find out-of-doors are all they need to get started. A bit of glue or twine could come in handy too – but remember, the fairies will only come if the house is part of nature.
Your fairy-house builders will need to choose a location next. Somewhere in the park, forest or backyard, but close enough to home so that they can return to check if the fairies have paid a visit. The house they build could lean up against a rock or a tree; it could be built atop a soft mound of moss; or perhaps it could be placed next to a patch of wildflowers. And we think the fairies would also be quite happy in a large flower pot (the cities fairies, that is). Choosing the right spot will have the kids examining the micro-environments in the outdoor world around them – what fun!
When the little abode is finished, you can suggest leaving a present for the fairies – a few blueberries, maybe, a thimble of water or a special flower. The next morning, the children will run to check if the fairies came, and to see if they may have left anything behind! (Fairy dust aka glitter is a tell-tale sign.)
Just like any other forest home, the fairy houses won’t last forever. Be sure to take pictures so that you can remember this lovely bit of outdoor art, and as a guide for rebuilding next summer.
For inspiration and a cozy read, we love Tracy Kane’s Fairy Houses series.
Time to start building!
ABC news recently did a special where they followed around MIDDLE school students to document what kind of pressures they are facing when it comes to sex and drugs.
You can read all about it here, but I wanted to give you a few highlights from the article:
Anya Alvarez, a 13-year-old girl from Tulsa, Okla., agreed to record a video diary for 20/20. In it, she describes her transition from childhood to adolescence. “When I was 5,” Anya said, “it was like, ‘Should I give him a toy or not? Now, it’s should I smoke weed? Should I have sex? Should I lie to my parents?”
Students told us that some kids are having sex in school bathrooms and hallways — even in classrooms.
At a middle school outside Baltimore, Md., a couple of 12-year-olds had oral sex in their science class. Their classmates watched, but the teacher didn’t see them. (The teacher was suspended and later resigned.)
And the kids say it happens at home too, and parents almost never know.
We’re talking about GOOD kids here! Kids from affluent and middle-class backgrounds whose parents are involved in their lives. Yet the temptation and pressure to do adult things still exists and it’s causing our kids to engage in risky behavior earlier than ever before!
That’s why I can’t encourage you enough to join me on September 8th at 6pm Pacific – 9pm Eastern for a f’ree teleclass I am hosting entitled, “ESCAPE- 6 Steps to Preparing Girls for Success, Health and Happiness and Avoiding Teen Crisis”.
On this call, you will learn proven techniques and strategies that you can implement at ANY age (and honestly, the younger the better), to help your daughter feel secure and confident enough to make good choices when these pressures arise in life.
You will also learn about other “modern life” dangers that you may not be aware of (let’s face it, A LOT has chanced since we were kids!) and how to ensure you are doing everything within your power to groom your little girl for success.
You can get all of the details now by visiting this page. There is no charge to attend and we’ll even send you a MP3 recording if you can’t make the call live for whatever reason.
So go ahead, get registered here and mark off September 8th at 6pm Pacific – 9pm Eastern on your calendar. Whether you have a toddler, an adolescent, a tween or teen, this is life-changing information that you won’t want to miss!
To your family’s happiness,
Kelly Marquet- Bodio
Founder and CEO, Legacy4Kids
I loved this video. I wish all adults had this much grace and wisdom!
What If I told you that ONE (1) 90 minute teleclass could radically alter the path that your daughter decides to take in life? That by listening to it, you will learn tools and strategies to ensure that your now 4-16 year old (yes 4!) does not become another statistic or victim of:
- Teenage pregnancy
- Sexual abuse
- Drug abuse
- High-Risk behavior
- Emotional or self-esteem problems
- Eating disorders
- …and more
Well it CAN and that’s why I wanted to personally reach out and invite you to a teleclass I am hosting on September 8th entitled, “ESCAPE- 6 Steps to Preparing Girls for Success, Health and Happiness and Avoiding Teen Crisis”.
It’s totally F*R*E*E to attend and if you have a daughter, granddaughter, nieces or you work with young girls in any capacity, this is something you won’t want to miss.
You don’t need me, a crisis counselor, to tell you that our young girls are in trouble. The harsh realities of sex are EVERYWHERE; kids are going through puberty as young as 8, the internet puts temptations right into our living rooms and the pressure to start engaging in risky behavior starts as early as the 7th and 8th grade!
Scary isn’t it?
We all like to think that “these things won’t happen to my daughter,” but unfortunately, I watch these tragic scenarios play out among “good girls” every single day, often taking the entire family by surprise.
BUT, you can take radical steps now to make a difference!
When you join me on September 8th for this no-charge teleclass, you will learn proven strategies and techniques that you can implement NOW, at any age, to help your daughter avoid becoming the victim of high-risk behavior and abuse.You will also learn how to approach “tough conversations” with your daughter in a way that doesn’t rob her young innocence, but subconsciously keeps her on guard from those would try.
No matter what your cultural, social, economic or religious background is, and no matter which parenting style you use to raise your kids, you NEED this information to give your daughter the best chance of success during the pre-teen and teenage years.
So commit to being proactive and learn the best ways to communicate and support your daughter NOW, before a crisis occurs. Start by registering for the call on this page and I’ll “see” you on the 8th.
To your family’s success,
Kelly Marquet- Bodio
Founder and CEO, Legacy4Kids
PS. Even if you can’t make the call, be sure to register anyway so I can send you a complimentary recording of the teleclass when we are through. You can re-listen to it at your own convenience or send it to a friend who could use the strategies and information that we cover. http://www.legacy4kids.com/preview/