A Gay Dad Mourns the Loss of Joe Bell, Killed in the Line of Duty (of Being a Dad)

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By Rob Watson “Making headway, one step at a time”. This was the last communication from Joe Bell on his epic quest to walk across the United States and do everything within his power to end bullying, intolerance and suicide. His journey was not the result of an idealistic publicity stunt. It was a mission. […]

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Tweeny-vision and the Bully Playground

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By: Rob Watson Jasmyn Smith committed suicide. According to her family and friends, she had endured “a year and a half of being heavily bullied, both at school and online”. She was…eleven. I cannot stand that this happened. I cannot stand that she was only a year older than my sons. I am sure that […]

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Reason #4 Why My Marriage is Just Like Yours

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By Shannon Ralph Reason #4: We worry about our children. Ruanita and I take turns worrying about our children. I’ll obsess about Lucas’s lack of vegetable intake in his limited diet, while Ruanita worries about Sophie’s shyness at school. I will worry about Nicholas spending too much time playing video games while Ruanita worries about […]

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How to Protect Kids from Bullying Without Turning Them into a Bully

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Note from the Editors:  The Next Family understands that bullying is an important and sensitive topic laced with varied theories, research, and opinions.  The viewpoints expressed in this article and those previously published on our site (Bullying Series Part I, Bullying Series Part II, How to Bully Proof Your Child) do not necessarily define or summarize those of The […]

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Bullying Series, Part II: Diminishing Opportunities for Power

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By: Joe Newman, Behavior Consultant Paul was in the third grade when his grades began to slip.  He was attentive in class and a good participant in class discussions but struggled with the reading and writing that was expected of him.  In order to help Paul keep up he was often pulled out of non-academic […]

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Different And Getting Along

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By: Joey Uva Last Saturday morning Grace was busy playing with her large dinosaur collection while I was making the bed and putting a load of laundry in the washer.   I walked down the hallway to stumble across a large Brontosaurus who had a little fuzzy bunny finger puppet hugging its neck.  Next to the […]

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