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How to Keep Your Kids Safe #ChildSafetyandProtectionMonth

When you’re a parent of young kids, life suddenly becomes more dangerous. The stairs, electric outlets, the stove, and more are all disasters waiting to happen! In the Walt Disney film Lilo & Stitch (1), Nani struggles to keep her little sister Lilo safe from the many hazards of life. In this clip (2) she sheepishly […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

  According to the Child Mind Institute, “mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood.”   However, all too often, the signs of mental illness are easily overlooked and misinterpreted. When parents don’t know what to look for, a mental disorder can go undiagnosed for years.  Research shows that “of the 74.5 million […]

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Down Syndrome: Understanding Differences #TrisomyAwarenessMonth

As a teenager, I was always self-conscious about my unusually hairy arms. To make matters worse, one day when I was babysitting, a little girl asked me, “Why are your arms so hairy?” The question took me off guard at first. Most people my age knew better than to point out such differences. But this […]

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Teaching Our Children to Appreciate Diversity

We live in the great American melting pot, full of people from different races, ethnicities, religions, and beliefs. And truly, part of what makes this country so great is that diversity! But sometimes, all those differences can be hard to handle. It’s not always easy to accept people with different ideas and backgrounds. And yet […]

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Understanding Domestic Violence Part 1: Prevalence and Prevention #DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

How prevalent is domestic violence really? Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) are problems that affect 1.5 million teens every year (1). In fact, after women ages 18-24, children and teens ages 11-17 are most affected by this problem (2). In order to talk to our children about DV-IVP we need to know about […]

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5 Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe from SIDS #SIDSAwarenessMonth

When you bring your sweet little one home from the hospital, you can’t help but think of all the potential stored up in that tiny body. Your baby could grow up to have a family of their own, to help thousands, to really make a difference in the world! But for some babies, that potential […]

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Being a Responsible Citizen by Strengthening Marriage and Family

Alan J. Hawkins, a professor at Brigham Young University, wrote an article entitled “Responsible Citizenship to Strengthen Marriage and Family” that was originally published in the Marriage and Families journal in 2006. The following is from his article. “Citizens of democratic governments enjoy great freedoms, but they also carry a burden of responsibility… All citizens […]

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