Relational Bullying

  "She had barely introduced herself when Brianna and Mackenzie gave her a code name and started calling her Harriet the Hairy Whore. They told everyone Jenny was hooking up with the boys in the woods behind the soccer field. Jenny knew that being called a slut was the worst thing in the world, no matter where you lived. No one was even kissing yet. It was the lowest of the low" (Simmons, 2002, p. 26). Overview of Relational Bulling Childhood bullying is often noticed when physical sign...
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Teaching Children Democratic Citizenship

"We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society." (The Family: A Proclamation to the World) What Is Democratic Citizenship? Citizenship is simply legal status in a country, but democratic citizenship involves much more. It demands becoming informed about issues that affect you and participating with others in determining how society will resolve those issues....
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Guiding Your Children

The Family: A Proclamation to the World places the responsibility of guiding children squarely upon parents. Among other things, the Proclamation directs parents to teach their children to love and serve one another, to keep the commandments of God, and to be contributing citizens of the world. Guiding children without being coercive or controlling is extremely important and can be very challenging. How can parents do this successfully? According to parenting scholars Craig Hart and Ll...
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Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

By Elana B The title of this post is one of my favorite hymns (text and music by Will L. Thompson 1847-1909), and I had the privilege of knowing a man who embodied this ideal—he sought the good in everything and everyone. He was doing good by finding it, looking for the good in everyone he met.  And no surprise—he always found it!  Not only was he positive about people—I never heard Martin say anything bad about anyone (and his wife, Gladys, confirmed that behind-closed-doors he was no differen...
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Can Others Bring Me Closer to Christ?

By Seth D. I am far from perfect, as anyone who has ever lived with me can certainly attest to. I have patience for my bosses and colleagues, but I get easily frustrated helping my children with their math homework. My own shortcomings frustrate me but I find that by seeking a relationship with God, I am aware of how I can be better, bit by bit. No one on Earth is perfect, but I’m drawn to people who I see living virtuous, moral lives. I want to be better and I seek out help from people I ...
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Is Standing Up for Yourself Worth it?

By Haleigh N. High school is usually the time for young teenagers to find themselves and figure out what path that they want to take in life: “Where am I going? What do I want to become? What steps do I need to take?” For me in particular, I feel like I was more conscious about my existence as an individual than anyone else. I wanted to stand out. I wanted to be somebody that people knew. But there was one problem: I was just an ordinary individual who just didn’t stand out. It was an aver...
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