Bicycle Safety


When I was growing up, we rode bikes everywhere in our small town. My parents held onto the back of my bike until I could ride without falling, and then my siblings and I were free to explore the world. Learning to bike was very informal in our sleepy little town. Times sure have changed.…

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Buckle Up

If you are not in the habit of wearing a seatbelt or know someone who is not buckling up every time, this is the most beautiful “wear your seatbelt” ad you may ever come across. It is the brainchild of a man in the UK who believes strongly in the cause, and it was made…

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Washington Ceasefire


On January 13, 2013, I participated in a rally to remember the victims of Sandy Hook and encourage state legislators to ban semi-automatic assault weapons, sponsored by Washington Ceasefire.  This is what I saw along the march from Westlake Park to Seattle Center. The first sign I noticed was this boy’s.  Kids making a difference…

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Myth: War Makes Us Safe (Can There Really Be a World Without War? Part 1)


Just as there are misconceptions about war, there are related misconceptions about children’s misbehaviors. I will take the next six blogs to discuss not only three of the most commonly heard but erroneous arguments for engaging in warfare, but will also compare them to the faulty rationalizations we give for children’s misbehaviors. Today my goal is…

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Can There Really Be a World Without War?


As an educator, wife and mother who recognizes the transformative power represented in a good teacher, one of the people I most respect is Paul K. Chappell. A West Point graduate and former Captain in the U.S. Army who was deployed to Iraq, Paul has become an unlikely yet powerful author and speaker on not…

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Guns and Kids: Stopping Our Future Dead In Their Tracks


“Renee was shot and she died today.” My mom’s words faded as my mind raced, trying to grasp the unreality of what she was saying. How could my 10 year old cousin have died today? Renee, the sweet blond-haired blue-eyed girl who laughed easily and loved making art projects? This could not be possible. I…

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A Kid’s Guide to Fire Fighting

“I want to be a firefighter!” How many times have you heard this phrase from a young child or even said it yourself when you were little? Firefighters are some of today’s real life super heroes, who come racing to the rescue on fast red trucks, sirens blaring, to the relief of everyone in sight.…

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