Oh parents…

May 3, 2016 0 Comments

They pop up at the start of every season: football, basketball, cheer, dance, baseball, wrestling, hockey…you get the idea. They’re posted up at every single practice…watching and examining very closely…waiting to give their “opinion” to the coach.  If their child isn’t on the “right” team or if they don’t have a desirable position on the team, […]

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“She deserves privacy.” Um no.

April 28, 2016 0 Comments

I can’t get the comment out of my head: “I don’t check her phone because she deserves some privacy.” “How old is your daughter?” “15.” I was at a community meeting about bullying.  You could hear the collective gasps. Then there was nothing. Crickets. Full disclosure:  I am absolutely an imperfect parent.  There are many […]

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Shifting focus…

April 22, 2016 0 Comments

In a sea hundreds of compliments, well-wishes, praise — I would worry about the one or two negative comments.  I would focus on them…stress over them…bubble over with anger…then I would most likely call them out. Confession: I’m over it. Of course it doesn’t feel good if someone calls you ugly, fat or some other […]

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#5…And I’m crying…

April 18, 2016 0 Comments

I tucked my son in for the last time as a 4-year-old tonight.  As he was telling me that he’s too excited to sleep because tomorrow is his birthday, I found myself getting choked up. This is a big year…#5. He will start kindergarten. That means school all day long.  For the next 13 years, […]

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April 5, 2016 0 Comments

Ever feel like if you fail at something…it will have an enormous impact on so many people? That’s what I am feeling lately…and it’s honestly been keeping me up at night. I think about bullying…I wonder if my voice will ever make a difference. Then I think about an event that is coming up. I’m […]

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About that tweet…

March 29, 2016 0 Comments

This tweet: UConn Women beat Miss St. 98-38 in NCAA tourney. Hate to punish them for being great, but they are killing women’s game. Watch? No thanks It was written by Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy…and it has sparked quite an interesting conversation.  He went on to say that UConn is basically too good…and […]

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For Brielle…

March 24, 2016 0 Comments

It is rare for me to get in my car and drive with no music playing…but I did that today.  I needed time to just sit in silence…to think…reflect.  I was going home after talking to an entire high school about bullying…mean girls…respect. I normally have zero regrets about a speech.  I normally feel fulfilled […]

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Dear Bully,

March 22, 2016 0 Comments

Dear Bully, I see what you’re doing, and I have to be completely honest with you…it’s laughable. It’s laughable because from my viewpoint, it is beyond pathetic.  I see your posts, snaps and tweets.  I read the one where you told the girl that she is fatter than an orca…I saw the one where you […]

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So about that body shaming thing….

March 14, 2016 0 Comments

So Kim Kardashian posted another nude selfie. Social media went nuts over it.  It was trending for days. Then Kardashian went off on her critics…said she was tired of all of the body shaming. “I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin.” Ok […]

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March 9, 2016 0 Comments

I have been sitting at my desk debating whether I should write this blog…I’ve been wondering if it’s my place to say anything. I came into work and was blindsided with an email. In it, it talks about how an eastern Iowa teenager was taken off of life support…she took her own life. She wrote a […]

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