Ironically, Breezy Mama Martha has learned a lot about divorce from being married… to a BIG D attorney. Recently, we were at our three year olds’ sports day and were told about a friend of a friend who is being taken advantage of after her husband decided to leave her and Martha said to me, “You need to tell moms how to protect themselves!” Breezy Mama turned to divorce attorney Jim Ratzer – a.k.a. Martha’s hubby – to get advice for moms either for themselves or to help out a friend who may need it and to our Go-to Psychologist Dr. Gordon Caras to discuss the best approach to take with the kids. Plus, Jenny of Perfectly Disheveled gives her firsthand account on life as a single mom. [Read more…] about The Truth About Divorce, Protecting Yourself, Your Children and Your Assets
They come in all shapes, genders and sizes, and when they turn on your child, it can be torture. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their policy to encourage pediatricians to view bullying as a health issue due to teen and adolescent suicides related to repeated taunting. Their definition says, “Bullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, or over the Internet.”
Pediatrician Dr. Shakha Gillin told Breezy Mama that as a result, doctors now, “Screen for bullying and encourage positive relations for children.” She also emphasized, “that bullying can be a huge issue on the Internet. It is important for families to discuss with their children appropriate uses of the computer, and how to avoid being bullied on the Internet.”
Dr. Gordon Caras, PhD, A.P.C. of the SD Psychoanalytic Institute gave Breezy Mama tips on what to do when your child is the victim of a bully and advice if it’s your child that’s the accused culprit.
If a parent comes to you with a distressed child because of a school bully, what is the first thing you advise them?