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Why I Adopted a Pit Bull for My Kids

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 10.29.2015 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Hodgson

When I shared the news about our potential puppy with my family, there was no hesitation from my kids -- "Let's go see her!" they cried. My husband hesitated, "Another dog?" Then he peered at the photo of her flashed on my screen: "She's awfully cute."

Bullying Prevention Month is Almost Over; The Real Work Takes Place Every Single Day

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Signe Whitson

Bullying Prevention month is almost at an end, but as great teachers know, the real work to end bullying is not something done in a single month, but rather through every action, every day.

CNN's Anderson Cooper Explores What It's Like To Be A Teen In America

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Media

Anderson Cooper has made his career out of reporting from war zones and natural disasters, but his latest special tackles a topic that couldn't ...

Activist Lizzie Velasquez Knows Beauty Isn't Skin Deep

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women

Lizzie Velasquez knows that being beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like on the outside. In an interview with HuffPost Liv...

The First Day of School and Bullying

Christina Pacella | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

We talk about statistics and laws and punishments but we forget that as human beings we all have one thing in common: a heart. We need to open our hearts and feel.

The Song This Dad Wrote For His Bullied Daughter Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents

When dad and musician Khari Toure learned that his daughter Nia had been bullied at school, he wrote a special song to help her cope with ne...

5 Telltale Signs the Coach Is a Bully

Emily Cohen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Sports
Emily Cohen

It's a tragic thing indeed, but sometimes the biggest bully on the team is the coach. Both of my kids have experienced bully coaches, to varying degrees and with different outcomes. It's never any fun. Here are five signs that the coach is a bully:

How to Disarm the Bully at Work in 9 Steps

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

According to an American Psychological Association (APA) poll, three-quarters of those surveyed list work issues as the source of the most stress in t...

What My Daughters Teach Me About How to Really Live

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Over the years, I do believe I have taught my children some great lessons about such things as the importance of kindness, our responsibility to protect the Earth, and the power of love. What is more profound, however, are the lessons my children have taught ME.

Nashville-Based Quartet Bully Set to Play Majestic Theatre in Detroit

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.17.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

When listening to the music of Nashville-based indie rock band Bully, there's a little grunge, a little punk, and a little stoner rock, but it really never dives deep into any style in particular.

Friends or Frenemies? Understanding Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.

10 Strategies to Help Kids Use Smartphones Wisely And Prevent Cyberbullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Help your young person understand that this gift of a smartphone is qualitatively different than presents of the past. A smartphone is not a toy; it is a tool.

What Kids Can Say and Do to Stand Up to Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

How can you prepare your daughter to effectively cope with bullying in all of its forms, at any point in her day? What follows are four simple, but powerful strategies you can teach your daughter to maintain her personal power, even in a difficult peer relationship:

The Bystander Effect: Why You Don't Stand Up When You Should

Teen Vogue | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
Teen Vogue

The truth is that you can't count on anyone else to take the lead: Sometimes it has to be you.

How Opening Doors Changed This Teen's Life

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.23.2015 | Teen

Bullying is a serious problem. According to Family First Aid, nearly 30 percent of teens in the U.S. are estimated to be involved in school bullying, ...

Why 'Bullying' Is the New 'Little Boy Who Cried Wolf'

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene. As we have heard too often in the news, a child's life may depend on a non-jaded adult's ability to discern between rudeness at the bus stop and life-altering bullying.

8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

There are numerous ways to ensure that your child has the greatest possible chance to learn to be kind and empathic to others. All of these are things that are easy for you to do at home.

Time and Punishment: Why Teacher Voices Matter

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The publication of Time magazine's cover attacking teacher tenure also marked the one-year anniversary of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's infamous attack on New Jersey middle school teacher Melissa Tomlinson.

Help the Bullies

Michelle Bersell | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Michelle Bersell

In order to see bullying decline in an era where people can anonymously post hurtful words and agendas, we need kids to recognize bullying as something people do when they are not operating from a healthy internal state.

9 Strategies to Help Kids Cope With Social Exclusion and Friendship Breakups

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

When parents allow themselves to get distracted by surface misbehavior, they push their children away at just the time that the young person needs to be held most closely. In the heat of the moment, don't take anything your child says personally but do remember how desperately she needs your love and support at this time in her life.

What Professionals and Parents Can Do When a Child Reports Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

True helping does not necessitate rushing in to solve all of a young person's troubles single-handedly, but rather implies a process in which an adult guides a young person to solve problems independently and with dignity.

High School Bully Promised To Never Bully Again After Hearing This One Thing.

Nathan Manske | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

When Joseph Barden was in high school, he had a life-changing experience. As a freshman, he became friends with some upper-classmen and was sitting with them at the lunch table.

The Jaw-Dropping Way This Preschooler Stood Up To A Bully

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My son charmed most of the kids except for one boy who was playing by himself. This kid's dad was standing behind him and completely absorbed with texting. Not being one to ever give up on making new friends, my son tried to play with the shy boy. But he got dad blocked.

How Cerebral Palsy Taught RJ Mitte To Pity Bullies

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.05.2014 | Entertainment

When RJ Mitte first moved to Los Angeles to begin his acting career at 13, he let his cerebral palsy speak for itself, only providing details to those...

4 Rules to Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Assertive responses are particularly effective in countering bullying because the child who masters this type of direct, emotionally honest communication demonstrates that a bully's attacks will be answered in a fair, but formidable way.