Each year, official government reports indicate that more than 62,000 children are sexually abused. The numbers are especially staggering for girls aged 14-17, of whom researchers estimate more than 17% have experienced sexual abuse.
A sure sign that kids are back to school is that crossing guards are in place, directing the careful choreography involved when kids and cars share the road. The problem, of course, is that we don't have crossing guards at every corner where kids cross.
They are positive, enthusiastic and energetic. They make friends easily and are walking, talking sponges, ready to learn and absorb all that the world will throw at them.
In this, the fourth and final installment of the Incredibly Kind Kids series, we meet a very special young man: Jackdaniel Calvillo, age 9, of Los Angeles, California. He is consistently motivated to do the right thing and is always finding new ways to give back to those around him.
Yesterday, I dropped off my 7-year-old at school. I held her hand as we wound around the school looking for her classroom and trying to make it before the bell signaled our tardiness. I tried to pass the one-year-old off to my husband so I could just focus on my daughter.
Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."
Even on a "Busy Day" for "Busy People," reading is a wonderful way to expand children's worlds and to bond children and caregivers, and one that can start at birth. It also is a crucial way to help children gain the language and literacy skills needed for a good start in school.
What all children truly yearn for goes much deeper. It doesn't involve fancy clothes, the latest electronics, pricey trips, or even a high-brow education. Every child wants to know three things.
Here, little kids are taught to hold incense and kneel and bow at ancestor tablets and a variety of gods. Do you know how cute it is to see a little kid praying with pure devotion to a Buddhist god? It is JUST AS CUTE as the blonde headed little girl singing "Jesus Loves Me."
I thought I had it all figured out. I was almost smug in my insistence that when I became a parent there were so many things that I would never do. I wasn't going to let my child run my life. It would be the other way around, of course. How wrong I was!
There are plenty of homes in which uneven power relationships are serious problems. But a system of carefully balanced power dynamics is only a "floor" of ethical marriage and family relationships, not a "ceiling." It's a bare minimum, not the ideal. Oh, there is so much more!
As a father of three, the idea of children enduring any of this stuff is simply heartbreaking. But there is good news: As parents, we can prevent a lot of these problems simply by feeding our children whole, healthy foods.
With all the excitement about Pope Francis's upcoming visit to Philadelphia, I've been thinking about my own family, hoping that I'm on the right path. And this is what I realized: that most of us have two types of personalities inside us and the only way to balance them is through God.
No matter how well adjusted parents and children are, the start of the school year is a time of high stress. Take the transition in stride and you and your children will have a much easier time with it.
Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.
Life is about more than "just add water" and "heat and serve." We don't need to rely on a processing industry to eat, and we don't need to condemn our children to lives as constrained and skill-less dependents.