Blog For Parents

Dialogue and My Commitment to You

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Friends, It’s a beautiful day in sunny Arizona! As I sit here, in my hotel room, getting ready for another exciting day at the National Speaker’s Association Conference, I am amazed at the outpouring of support and fellowship. The “hallway” conversations among friends and colleagues are always some of my favorite. It’s where you really […]

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Caring Parents Make

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What every parent needs to know about their kids, dating, sexual intimacy, and being safe… Mistake #1 – Saying: “if anyone ever touches you, I’ll kill that person!” Reverse it to be about your child – not about your anger. Reassure your teen “if anybody ever touches you sexually against your will or without your permission, I […]

Respectful Children & Sexual Decision-Making

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“My son is very respectful. Why would I need to worry about him sexually assaulting someone?” – or – “My daughter is very sharp. She wouldn’t let herself be with someone who mistreats her.” Let’s start with the “respectful” question. Most “respectful” and “sharp” males and females still learn about aspects of intimacy through their […]

Going Beyond What Is Expected

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Student Leadership When Addressing Healthy Dating & Sexual Assault Awareness RA’s, Orientation Leaders, Peer Educators, and many other student leaders have fantastic opportunities to lead, especially when they are around other students on their campus. The challenge is “How Far Will You Go” to make a difference? Are you willing to take on an issue […]

Date Rape, Rape, Sexual Assault, Prevention, Awareness – the words we use

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The realities and misconceptions of Date Rape, Rape, Sexual Assault and the true meanings of Prevention and Awareness! Date Rape, Rape, Sexual Assault, Prevention, Awareness – which are the right words to use? The average person often confuses these words and so this article provides you with simple and basic definitions. Using the wrong word […]

The “Slut Reputation” Discussion

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“But if I ask for a kiss, my partner is going to assume I also want a lot more than a kiss.” Over the years of discussing verbal consent with students around the country, this concern has been expressed numerous times, usually by females of various ages. The worry is that showing any verbal sexual […]

Abstinence & Consent – Do They Belong Together?

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How discussing consent is the ultimate way to discuss abstinence. Throughout the country, some parents and educators are saying, “Our schools believe in discussing abstinence. Won’t teaching teenagers about consent lead to more sexual activity among those same teenagers?” Teaching consent stresses establishing personal standards, respecting boundaries, and always understanding the importance of having a […]