The acceptance of all people no matter what their difference is long overdue. We are so much more than just our outside physical identity. We are all individuals first, with our own distinctive talents and personalities. I've further learned through my own journey that it is possible to ultimately find nobility from even the most challenging of situations.
Pine Bush Central School District didn't have an anti-Semitic bullying "problem," it had a nightmare. Jewish children in three of the district's schools were subjected to systemic, repeated acts of anti-Semitic harassment for years.
Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.
Instead of being a lovefest or a cyber tea party, #AskELJames turned into a free-for-all where critics of all kinds told James what they thought of her books and her writing. The responses prompted this furious denunciation from Rice, an author I admire.
We have seen the devastation that racism can perpetrate when the hate embedded within it festers in silence at the margins of our society. But where does this sort of racism come from? I don't know that I have the answer, but I do have a particular, firsthand experience that may give some insight into the question.
It's a shame and a pity that we have to teach our children lessons that the world can be such an unfriendly home, but it's an even bigger shame that we teach our children -- either directly or indirectly -- that it's OK to be a bully.
On each side of Gamergate's iron curtain, lives are on the line. Upon graduating from the elementary school playground, "sticks and stones..." shouldn't fly anymore. There's no such thing as empty threats.
My kids begged to sleep together in my boys' bedroom last night. It's a rarely granted request in our house to have four kiddos in one room, mostly because they take forEVER to settle down and actually get to sleep.
No one wants to believe their child is bully, but guess what, yours might be. What are you using at home for conflict resolution when your child acts out?
I recently watched Monica Lewinsky's TED Talk. I was riveted. The former White House Intern has stepped back into the public arena in order to reclaim her narrative and, as she said, "give a purpose to my past."
We have all done things in life that we regret and are not proud of. I am no exception. Sometimes you get a do over--and sometimes you don't.
I recently read an article on Ryan Seacrest's FB page and couldn't help but think about the fact that we are ALL "Under Construction." Throughout our lives we make choices that lead us on the most epic ride of all...life.
For those that need a primer, the BDS movement is well-funded by forces that cannot be identified. Yet, we all know which countries are probably funding this unrest. One needn't be a rocket scientist to start to trace the money.
If you have a teen or teens then I am quite confident that you are more than just a little consumed by worry and anxiety. This is an inevitable part of being parents to children who are at the age where they test limits and as a result put you in the unenviable position of having to push back. What a tricky set of dance steps you have to deal with during these years.
Remember, you cannot control what other people think about you and what they say to you, but you can definitely control your response. Instead of letting a person upset you, say to yourself you are in control and don't let other people make you feel inferior.
Many LGBT adolescents are easy targets for classroom bullies. While their wounds may or may not heal, with today's social media it's easier for them to keep abreast of their tormentors. Some have even confronted and been able to foster a reconciliation with the people who once made their lives miserable.