Monthly Archives: May 2012

Is Your Child Well Groomed? Please say, “No.”

When I was a kid, being well groomed meant that people had clean and ironed clothes, clean hair that was combed appropriately, shined shoes and if they were male, cleanly shaven. When someone was described as well groomed, it was a compliment.

It doesn’t mean the same thing today. The meaning has taken a frightening turn. Well groomed is now the description of a child who has been set up by a predator. It describes a child who is ripe for a predator to abuse or molest or worse.

Parents, I can’t be more emphatic about warning you about your children’s on line activities. The danger is real.

Your child could be part of the statistics.

  • One in five teenagers state they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web.
  • One in four children has been exposed to pornographic material online.
  • One in three children have parents who are actively protecting their children’s on line activities.
  • Three out of four children willingly share their personal information on line.
  • One in four children has advised an adult about sexual approaches online.
  • One in thirty three has received aggressive sexual solicitation. (This means that predators have directed the child to meet in person, called the child on the phone or sent the child money and or gifts via US mail.)
  • Seventy seven percent of the targets are over fourteen and twenty two percent are only ten to thirteen years old.

So parents, I ask you again, Is your child well groomed? If you don’t protect your children, who will?

Photo: Vasile TomoiaAf

Parenting: Insincere Praise Deflates Self-Esteem

Phony compliments don’t help build a child’s self-esteem. The fact is that they undermine a child’s confidence. Children see through people who are not honest. The message that you give with insincere praise is that you can’t find anything to really praise. When that happens, it tells a child that he or she does not…Continue Reading

High School Sucks If You Are Different

Today, I heard a young man say, “High school sucks for anyone who is the least bit different.” Speaking from experience with children of all ages who have many differences,  I know that his statement is accurate. I’d like to offer a few suggestions if your child falls into the “least bit different category.” Pay…Continue Reading