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Get the first chapter of Doing Right by Our Kids as a free gift from our new Child Safety Library


My co-author Irene van der Zande and I are thrilled to announce that we have released the first three chapters of our forthcoming book, Doing Right by Our Kids:...

Moms, become a Kidpower Child Protection Advocate by training with me directly


Moms, this training is for you, in your parenting or professional roles! Work with me intensively this October 5-7 in Raleigh, NC, to learn how to be an effective advocate for child safety:

Calling ALL adults who work with...

Serial, StartUp and the Golden Age of Podcasting–what does it mean for the future of Public Radio?


I come about my love of public radio and podcasting honestly. I’ve paid my dues, and then some. When I started graduate school at Stanford in September 1990, I had never even heard of public radio. But our lab manager controlled the radio dial, so I was immediately surrounded by the KQED radio broadcasts, often 8 to 10...

A timely reminder: “No forced kisses” –how to support your child’s personal boundaries during the holidays


Some relationship scenarios seem to be evergreen issues that come up year after year. Every time the holidays roll around, our children have grown and may have different feelings about showing affection with family members than they did last year. Here are ways to support kids’ boundaries around affection over the holidays, and ways to discuss this...

Welcome radio listeners from “Educviii with Dr. Jonathan Jefferson”


I have the pleasure of being a guest on the radio show Educviii with Dr. Jonathan Jefferson this evening. Let me extend a Mojo Mom welcome to radio listeners who are discovering my website for the first time.

It is a great opportunity to have the chance to talk for a whole hour! We’ll be able...

Now is the time to keep fighting for women’s rights in the face of Supreme Court misfires


I am a pretty unflappable person but I was enraged by last week’s Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) decisions that blatantly discriminated against women. I am not sure who I am more angry at: the men on the Supreme Court who invented specious religious rights to corporations, in and doing...

Elliot Rodger’s rage: taking our social script to a violent extreme


My grief about Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara killing rampage takes me to an almost wordless place. But I think it’s important to find my voice and try to address it.

Two distinct perspectives on the topic of masculinity and socialization came together today that make sense to me.

It just happens that today was the day that I...

7 ways to be mindful with a teen, by Karen Maezen Miller


Cross-posted with permission from Karen Maezen Miller’s “Cheerio Road” blog. Thank you, Karen, for allowing me to share the gift of your writing with my readers!

Karen Maezen Miller is a Zen Buddhist Priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, mother of a...

Is blogging dead? Not quite yet….


Argh, I look at my blog and see that I haven’t posted in two months, and I wonder, “Is blogging dead?” Clearly it’s not OVER in the largest sense, but it has changed so much since I started blogging in 2003 that sometimes I think it might be over soon for me. I actually started before...

Supporting Dylan Farrow


The world is reacting to the open letter written by Dylan Farrow, written in protest of the continued artistic lionization of her adopted father Woody Allen, whom she accused of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old. Dylan reported the abuse then, back in 1992 and stands by her story to this day.

Please read...

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