International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

On March 25th, we will join with the international community in commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

"For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every year on 25th March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today."
- United Nations, 2016

4 things parents do that cause their children to secretly cry in the night

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Sometimes parents don't realize the impact certain behaviors have on their children. Loving parents don't want to harm their children physically or psychologically, but if you're not careful it can happen. These actions can cause those precious little souls you love so much to cry in the night, unbeknownst to you.

1. You allow your small children to see distressing news
Children don't have the experience to process news-reported tragedies. Everything becomes very real, like it happened next door or could happen right in their own house. Even if it could, little children should not be burdened by the possibility of it. They can be frightened to their very core. Watch what your children see on TV news and what you talk about in their presence.

5 ways to handle your daughter (or son) growing up

by Danica Trebel

It's a big world out there, and you want to keep your "babies" safe and protected for as long as you can. They grow up, however, whether you want them or not, but here are five healthy ways to deal with the inevitable.

Children and play smallSteven Curtis Chapman wrote a song titled, "Cinderella." It chronicles the life of his daughter, from the time she's a five-year-old playing dress-up as a princess, to the day his princess becomes a queen by marrying her king. The theme of the song is that at each stage of his "baby's" life, he's going to take time out of his busy schedule to pay attention to her, get to know her, encourage her and embrace her individuality because "soon she'll be gone."

If you find yourself suddenly toward the end of the song where your baby is old enough to "soon be gone," but yet still feel as if she (or he even) is not ready to face the world without you, here are five ways you can ease your way into your child's adulthood whether you're ready for it or not:

1. Pay attention
It's common in today's society to be so busy making a living that making a life - particularly where your family is concerned -- has become just another task on your "to-do" list. While there may not seem like enough hours in the day to do everything you HAVE to do, one of the easiest ways to begin to pay attention to your daughter is to carve out at least 15 minutes one night before you go bed to simply reflect on the life of your baby girl. Take time to without judgment- remember all of her unspoken accomplishments, special moments, dreams, heartbreaks, fears and even the spoken ones... everything HER.

You can even step this up a level by writing down all of your memories and discoveries so they'll be at the ready when you graduate to the next phase of your own growth in the life of your daughter.

7 things you should never tell your child

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It is always important to watch your tongue, especially when speaking to your kids. Your words stick to them like glue and are not easily erased. Watch what you say and avoid uttering the following seven things to your child.

Every parent hopes for the best for their children. Although, occasionally parents are less careful than they should be when it comes to using unkind words. Over the decades, childraising skills have been examined and reformed. As a result, a slow and sometimes-negative progress has emerged. Controversies have constantly arisen on the subject of how to teach and raise children. Unfortunately, the vision of child raising tends to change once a parent’s child grows out of her toddler years. Parents often perceive that, had they reacted differently in those moments, they would have felt more successful as a parent.

Here are a few tips:

1. Do not lie
No one likes to convince a child to do something tedious, like taking medicine or studying for a test. Telling them things such as “It won’t hurt,” or other similar lies should not be told to children or teenagers. Remember that you are an example and a model to your children. If you tell lies, they, too, will start to lie.