Recently, I attended a discussion with colleagues who are coordinating a countywide initiative to prevent bullying from destroying children’s sense of joy, hope and security. Ironically, on the other side of the wall, employees from a corporation were meeting to confront the problem of bullying in the workplace
Last year, the Government Accountability Office initiated a study to delve into an epidemic that has swept the United States. The six-month study showed that there are more deaths attributed to child abuse and neglect than the H1N1 virus, food-borne illnesses, Toyota accelerator malfunctions, coal mining accidents and U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
As a self-declared modern feminist, I will be the first to tout the powers of sisterhood. As a girl who played flag football during recess and roomed with boys in college, I also have witnessed the importance of a strong brotherhood.
Carolyn Hennecy is a survivor and now the Lakeland native is helping other women, telling her story in Orange Blossom Wishes: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom. The 2008 memoir, available at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com, takes readers through her childhood and a nearly 16-year marriage filled with emotional, verbal and physical abuse to her escape.
I am not a big fan of Black History Month. Please don’t get me wrong — as a history teacher, I both love and value the powerful stories and great examples that are often highlighted as part of Black History Month each February. I’m not a fan because I dislike that the highlighting only lasts a month, and because I dislike the limiting practice of calling these important stories, contributions, and examples “Black” history.
New beginnings can be thrilling and horrifying. The heart-racing excitement parents and college-bound kids feel just before the big send-off is often over-shadowed by an uncontrollable dread of the unknown.
Most kids today are natural technophiles — gracefully and enthusiastically adopting technology into their everyday lives. In fact, a recent study showed that, on average, today’s school-aged children are consuming and using media about 7.5 hours a day.
It’s the moment every parent of a small child dreads: the good-bye. For parents of young children, it can be a gut-wrenching, heart wrenching, guilt-ridden moment full of tears, protests, and quick getaways.