1. Why Do Kids Lie?

    You know your teenager came home after curfew, your daughter spilled nail polish on the carpet, and your son ate cookies before dinner – so why do they lie about it? Learn about the developmental reasons kids lie below, and explore ways that you can help your child to be more honest. 2-3 Years Old Children at this age typically do not lie intentionally, but struggle to distinguish reality from t…Read More

  2. Why Abuse Can Create Learned Helplessness

    Many of us have wondered: If a person is being abused, why don’t they tell someone about it and get help? Or if it’s an adult who is being hurt, why don’t they leave the relationship? It sounds like common sense, but the truth is, leaving an abusive relationship can be extremely difficult for both children and adults. This is because abuse is not about harm – it is about power. Regardless …Read More

  3. Just Six Billion Peas in a Pod

    We often focus on one another’s differences, on the traits and behaviors we do not understand about someone else. This fuels bullying behaviors, often allowing a person to justify or rationalize judging or teasing another person. But how often do we stop to consider the similarities we all share as human beings? After all, we are certainly more alike than we are different, and this is the messag…Read More

  4. If It Is a Priority We Fix It

    We are a society of achievers. We strive to create, invent, solve and cure. We are always looking for ways to make things quicker and more efficient. Most of our efforts seem to have the same goal:  to make things “better.” So why is the problem of bullying still so prevalent, when the majority of us would agree that it is harmful and unnecessary? There are ribbons, walks, races and petitions…Read More

  5. I Have the POWER

    We’ve all been there – witnessing someone else’s unkindness in a bullying situation, feeling torn between staying safely but regretfully quiet, or putting ourselves in the line of fire by speaking up to help. You’re just one person, right? How can you make a difference? What’s a bystander to do? The truth is that bystanders have the most power when it comes to bullying situations. Even t…Read More

  6. All a Balancing Act

    Just as kids are trying to walk the tightrope between individuality and acceptance to avoid being bullied, parents too are trying to find the right balance between helping and hindering their kids when it comes to bullying. Some of the common mistakes that parents make include ignoring or dismissing the issue, forcing their child to talk about the problem, advising their child to “walk away and …Read More

  7. That Kid is TOO

    When it comes to bullying, the world is an unpredictable place. The reasons a child may be targeted by peers can vary considerably and change often. In fact, a child who is bullied for a particular reason in one school may be popular for that same reason in another school, because what is looked down upon in certain cultures and communities may be viewed as “cool” or respected in the next. Tak…Read More