I have two teenaged daughters. I’ve worked in domestic violence advocacy for ten years. I am a woman myself. Yet I’ve never taken a self-defense class. Until last weekend, when I spent two hours with 10 fifteen year old girls and a female instructor who had a black belt in karate and years of self-defense training. Here are the grim statistics: one in three American women … [Read more...] about Why Your Daughter Needs A Self-Defense Class
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While it does provide the perfect occasion for gathering with friends and family, many committed dieters loathe Thanksgiving as they know that on this day they will be tempted with an assortment of diet-busting treats. While the presence of temptation on this holiday is undeniable, Thanksgiving does not have to spell diet disaster. By following some simple diet tips, you can … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Diet Tips
What happened to the days of running around in the front yard or taking bike rides around the neighborhood? They’ve been long replaced with video game sessions and smart phones. We're certainly not bashing technology, because let's face it, we live in a world full of helpful (and tempting) games and gadgets. However, the key is and always will be moderation. There's … [Read more...] about Are Your Children Getting Enough Exercise?
Every day, while our elementary-school children are still in the throes of gluing macaroni to paper and counting dried beans, cars stack up in two-by-two formation outside, waiting in the "Car-Riders" line as early as 55 minutes before the last bell rings. In that time, the children will master that day’s "sight words" and fill up on their share of paste... while I stare … [Read more...] about Stuck In The School Pick-Up Car Clusterfest
I had to have dermatological surgery last week. I'm okay; it's just another mole gone rogue. When my (new) dermatologist referred me to a particular surgeon, I didn't question the recommendation. Come to think of it, I didn't do much of a background check on my new dermatologist either, because she was in my insurance network. I drove to the hospital 30 minutes away. SIDE … [Read more...] about Bad Bedside Manner: Why Background Checks Are Important