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Review: Things I’ve Said To My Children

  • Untitled1Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607748304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607748304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches

As a parent I find myself saying all sorts of crazy, ridiculous things that I never thought in a million years that I would have to say to another human being. Author Nathan Ripperger has taken the crazy things he has had to say to his children and put it into this awesome hilariously illustrated book.Untitled2 You giggle, cry and laugh as you quickly read through this book. This book makes the perfect gift for any parent of a toddler. I’m going to be using the book as a guest book for my sisters baby shower I think it will make the guest giggle and be some great reading for my sister down the road. I totally reccomend this book.

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Ten Myths about Child Sexual Abuse: How to Keep Children Safe at School

I was sent an email with ten myths about child sexual abuse from author  Joelle Castiex. Since this subject hits close to home for me I thought it was important to share these ten myths.

Myth #1: Knowing about “stranger danger” will save my child.

Teaching stranger danger is important, but strangers account for less than than one-tenth of child sexual abuse. The other 90% of child sexual abusers are people that a child already knows and loves. That’s why experts encourage parents to start early: teach your children good communication skills, strong body boundaries, and the importance of reporting crimes and suspicious behavior.

Myth #2: Women don’t abuse kids.

Yes, women do sexually abuse kids. While women are far less likely to abuse than men, law enforcement has stepped up and is prosecuting more women who target children. As a result, more female predators are spending time behind bars.

Our society has also been much better at fighting harmful stereotypes that say women should “break in” young boys or that male victims of sexual abuse by women enjoy the abuse.

Myth #3: Children can’t sexually abuse other kids.

The recent Josh Duggar scandal has opened the public’s eyes to the harm that predatory children can cause. Bullying experts are also educating parents about how bullying can escalate into child-on-child sexual abuse. The best way to help your children is to ensure that your school follows strong anti-bullying policies and that you talk to your children openly about the problem.

Myth #4: It’s okay to make young children hug and kids adults, even if they don’t really like it.

When we force a toddler to hug or kiss someone when he does not want to (even if it’s Grandma), we are telling the child that he is not in control over who touches his body. We are also telling the child that he should not say no an adult who may want to touch him in sexual ways.

Don’t worry about hurting Grandma’s feelings. Instead, teach your young children to shake hands, make eye contact, and say hello. That way, they learn respect—not only for Grandma, but also for their own bodies. And if you’re honest with Grandma, she’ll understand.

Myth #5: It’s embarrassing to hear children say words like “vagina.” It’s fine if they don’t learn the real names of their genitalia until they are older.

Yes, it can be embarrassing hear words like “penis” and “vagina” from a child. But children believe that only silly things are called by silly names. By using the proper names for body parts, you are telling your child that their genitals are important, should be respected, and are not silly or shameful.

Proper name usage will also discourage predators who want to blur sexual boundaries by minimizing the important of a child’s genitals.

And if—heaven forbid—something does happen to your child, he or she will be able to properly explain what happened by using correct language that law enforcement and prosecutors can use to punish predators.

Myth #6: Children lie about abuse to get attention.

If a child comes to you to report seen, experienced, or suspected abuse, immediately call 911 or your local social services hotline. It’s not your job to investigate abuse or establish the credibility of victims or witnesses.

It’s very hard for a child to come forward. Don’t make it worse by doubting him or her.

Myth #7: I checked the sex abuse registry, so my kid is safe.

According to Darkness to Light, less than one-tenth of victims ever report to the police. Even if a child sex predator is prosecuted, there is no guarantee that the predator will show up on your local registry. Check out the registry, but take the next step and empower yourself and your children against all predators.

Myth #8: I don’t need to monitor my child’s phone/tablet/computer/Xbox. I trust him/her.

Monitoring your child’s Internet-enabled devices is not a matter of trust. It’s a matter of safety. Predators are cunning and use all kinds of manipulation to earn entrance into your child’s world. Keeping an eye on texts, chats, photos, email and social media is the best way to make sure that a predator is not targeting your child. It’s also a great way for you to make sure that your child is not a target or aggressor in cyber-bullying.

Myth #9: Children don’t need to know about sexual abuse.

Victims of child sexual abuse will usually disclose their abuse to their closest friends: other children. You do not need to go into explicit detail with your child about sex or abuse. But you do need to tell your children that if a friend comes to them and talks about abuse, they should come to you—the parent—immediately.

Myth #10: The justice system will be more traumatizing to my child than the actual abuse.

Law enforcement wants two things: to put predators behind bars and to protect young victims of abuse. That’s why there are special programs across the country where police, prosecutors, and social workers come together to create safe, child-friendly victim interview procedures. The interviews, which are recorded so that the child is only interviewed once, are conducted by specially trained forensic specialists who understand children and who create a natural environment where children can speak safely.

Social workers also closely engage with the victim and non-offending family members to make sure that the victim and the entire family gets therapy, services, and continuing care.

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Interview with Author Terry John Barto and peak at his book Nickerbacher The Funniest Dragon!

Back when I started my blog I had the pleasure of reviewing the children s book  Gollywood Here I come. I loved it! I also loved corresponding with the author Terry Barto. He is a down to earth awesome guy with a big heart. When I heard that he had another book coming out in February of 2015 about a Dragon I marked it on my calendar to email him because I could not wait to get my hands on that book! I also thought it would be cool to do a Q& A with Terry for my blog. I was so anxious to get my hands on Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon that Terry was awesome enough to send me a PDF file of it! I promise it was as awesome as I expected!

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The COVERPLUG Paintable Outlet Cover Review.

91LSBJT9OgL._SL1500_I was sent the Coverplug to review through Tomoson. The Coverplug is one of the most awesome safety products that I have ran across. This product hides outlets while not being completely obvious. Its a plastic cover that you paint to match your walls to cover the outlet. I have gone through a ton of outlet covers! The ones that are flush against the wall are hard for me to get out, the ones with the buttons are easy for my toddler to get off. And they all stick out like a sore thumb. I live with a toddler do I really need my house to always look like it to?

You can purchase a box of 2 on Amazon  for $8.50. I love that its a great way to cover your outlet from the kiddos, that it is easy to remove and not ugly! This product is for sure a total mommy win!

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Review: My Keepsake Bible


Title: My Keepsake Bible

Author: Sally Ann Wright

Hardcover: 144 pages

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 16, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1414398670

ISBN-13: 978-1414398679

Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches

 was sent this beautiful and adorable Keepsake children’s Bible through Tyndale to review.  This Adorable little book is 144 pages long and has beautiful illustrations throughout the book to make it both enjoyable for the parents and captivating for the kids.

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