We hear a lot about family violence spiking during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. (The same stat gets spread about Superbowl Sunday.) There’s a degree of accuracy to the widespread reportage – in some place, 911 calls do rise, and most shelters are full on Christmas. We should worry about family violence, because 1 in 4 women will be abused in our lifetimes, and over … [Read more...] about Domestic Violence and The Holidays
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What happens when the TV shows you grew up on are deemed by experts as unsafe? In a flurry of articles published in the LA Times, USAToday, Deseret News, and elsewhere, journalists report a surprising finding as described in a recent article in the scholarly journal Pediatrics. Certain popular cartoons, like “Bugs Bunny,” “Sponge Bob,” and “Scooby Doo,” seem to have a … [Read more...] about Is Cartoon Violence Keeping Your Kids Up at Night?
The Fine Line Between a Teenager with Autism and Politics In honor of the upcoming mid-term elections… My fifteen-year-old with mild autism likes to discuss politics. Was this always the case? No. When he was in middle school, his history teacher gave them a homework assignment—watch the debates between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump and report on … [Read more...] about The Fine Line Between a Teenager with Autism and Politics
Are Children with Autism Singled Out? Why do I ask this question? Because of what happened at my son’s school just this past Friday. Why is this past Friday important? Because this past Friday was only a few short days after the latest awful school tragedy, this one in Parkland, Florida. In this version a “weird” “outcast” “loner” nineteen-year-old … [Read more...] about Are Children with Autism Singled Out?
The threats we face as a nation are real, but they shouldn’t be paralyzing. For too long, those like me in the security world have done much to get you worried -- ISIS, Zika, random gun violence, hurricanes, oh my . . . – but not much to get you ready. We’ve managed to talk about risk in a way that makes people tune out or freak out. And our kids are absorbing information about … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Make Your Kids Feel Safer