8/25/2015

FamilyFun Faces of Fun Photo Contest

FamilyFun Faces of Fun Photo Contest

FAMILYFUN FACES OF FUN PHOTO CONTEST

The team of FAMILYFUN MAGAZINE and Goldfish are featuring the FamilyFun Faces of Fun Photo Contest. Your child could be featured in the December/January issue. This contest is open for children ages 3 to 12 years of age and ends September 01, 2015.

To enter, visit FamilyFun on Facebook.

Winners of our FamilyFun Faces of Fun Photo Contest will also receive a $100 Visa gift card and 16 bags of On The Go® Goldfish® Crackers!


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Janet Coffield
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Apologia Science Resources SAVE 35% OFF

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SAVINGS



"Apologia Science" texts will be available for 35% off retail price.

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Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
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8/18/2015

BJU Press $pecial Back-to-School $aving$

BACK-TO-SCHOOL $AVING$

At  Christianbook.com check out "BJU Press" resources from August 18th through August 25th. Various "BJU Press" resources will be available for 15% off retail price.


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Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
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Ten myths about child sexual abuse … and how to keep your child safe at school by Joelle Casteix

joelle casteix
Joelle Casteix - Author, Speaker & Advocate


Ten myths about child sexual abuse … and how to keep your child safe at school
By Joelle Casteix


This is no myth: Being a parent is hard.
We live in a world of 24-hour news channels and the Internet, both chock-full of scary stories about children, violence, sexual abuse and scandal. No wonder we are wracked with fear.

But did you know that by educating and empowering yourself and your children, you can give your children a “virtual bubble wrap” that will aid them in making good decisions and make them “hard targets” for predators? It’s not rocket science—it’s just brave common sense.

With back-to-school independence comes a challenge. No one wants their child to fear bullying and child sexual abuse when they should be focusing on history and math. But anytime your child is out in the world, he or she can encounter people and situations that are scary.

If you armor and prepare your child with real tools, self-esteem, and decision-making skills, your child will do much more than have fun. Your child will blossom and grow this school year.

The best place to build confidence to grow is to start dispelling some of the myths that child sex predators want to you to believe. Your child’s biggest defense is knowledge.

Here are ten things you can do to help your child have a safer school year:
Myth #1: Knowing about “stranger danger” will save my child.
Teaching stranger danger is important, but strangers account for less than than one-tenth of child sexual abuse. The other 90% of child sexual abusers are people that a child already knows and loves. That’s why experts encourage parents to start early: teach your children good communication skills, strong body boundaries, and the importance of reporting crimes and suspicious behavior.
Myth #2: Women don’t abuse kids.
Yes, women do sexually abuse kids. While women are far less likely to abuse than men, law enforcement has stepped up and is prosecuting more women who target children. As a result, more female predators are spending time behind bars.

Our society has also been much better at fighting harmful stereotypes that say women should “break in” young boys or that male victims of sexual abuse by women enjoy the abuse.

Myth #3: Children can’t sexually abuse other kids.

The recent Josh Duggar scandal has opened the public’s eyes to the harm that predatory children can cause. Bullying experts are also educating parents about how bullying can escalate into child-on-child sexual abuse. The best way to help your children is to ensure that your school follows strong anti-bullying policies and that you talk to your children openly about the problem.

Myth #4: It’s okay to make young children hug and kids adults, even if they don’t really like it.

When we force a toddler to hug or kiss someone when he does not want to (even if it’s Grandma), we are telling the child that he is not in control over who touches his body. We are also telling the child that he should not say no an adult who may want to touch him in sexual ways.

Don’t worry about hurting Grandma’s feelings. Instead, teach your young children to shake hands, make eye contact, and say hello. That way, they learn respect—not only for Grandma, but also for their own bodies. And if you’re honest with Grandma, she’ll understand.

Myth #5: It’s embarrassing to hear children say words like “vagina.” It’s fine if they don’t learn the real names of their genitalia until they are older.

Yes, it can be embarrassing hear words like “penis” and “vagina” from a child. But children believe that only silly things are called by silly names. By using the proper names for body parts, you are telling your child that their genitals are important, should be respected, and are not silly or shameful.
Proper name usage will also discourage predators who want to blur sexual boundaries by minimizing the important of a child’s genitals.

And if—heaven forbid—something does happen to your child, he or she will be able to properly explain what happened by using correct language that law enforcement and prosecutors can use to punish predators.

Myth #6: Children lie about abuse to get attention.

If a child comes to you to report seen, experienced, or suspected abuse, immediately call 911 or your local social services hotline. It’s not your job to investigate abuse or establish the credibility of victims or witnesses.
It’s very hard for a child to come forward. Don’t make it worse by doubting him or her.

Myth #7: I checked the sex abuse registry, so my kid is safe.

According to Darkness to Light, less than one-tenth of victims ever report to the police. Even if a child sex predator is prosecuted, there is no guarantee that the predator will show up on your local registry. Check out the registry, but take the next step and empower yourself and your children against all predators.

Myth #8: I don’t need to monitor my child’s phone/tablet/computer/Xbox. I trust him/her.

Monitoring your child’s Internet-enabled devices is not a matter of trust. It’s a matter of safety. Predators are cunning and use all kinds of manipulation to earn entrance into your child’s world. Keeping an eye on texts, chats, photos, email and social media is the best way to make sure that a predator is not targeting your child. It’s also a great way for you to make sure that your child is not a target or aggressor in cyber-bullying.

Myth #9: Children don’t need to know about sexual abuse. 

Victims of child sexual abuse will usually disclose their abuse to their closest friends: other children. You do not need to go into explicit detail with your child about sex or abuse. But you do need to tell your children that if a friend comes to them and talks about abuse, they should come to you—the parent—immediately.

Myth #10: The justice system will be more traumatizing to my child than the actual abuse.

Law enforcement wants two things: to put predators behind bars and to protect young victims of abuse. That’s why there are special programs across the country where police, prosecutors, and social workers come together to create safe, child-friendly victim interview procedures. The interviews, which are recorded so that the child is only interviewed once, are conducted by specially trained forensic specialists who understand children and who create a natural environment where children can speak safely.

Social workers also closely engage with the victim and non-offending family members to make sure that the victim and the entire family gets therapy, services, and continuing care.

A former journalist, educator, and public relations professional, Joelle Casteix has taken her own experience as a victim of child sex crimes and devoted her career to exposing abuse, advocating on behalf of survivors, and spreading abuse prevention strategies for parents and communities. She has presented to hundreds of audiences all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, on subjects such as abuse prevention, victim outreach, victims’ rights in the civil justice system, and parenting safer children. She is a regular speaker for the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma and The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Casteix’s blog, The Worthy Adversary, is one of the leading sources for information and commentary on child sexual abuse prevention and exposure. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed graduate work in education at the University of Colorado, Denver. A wanna-be ski bum, she lives in southern California with her husband and young son.

Her new book The Well-Armored Child: A Parents Guile to Preventing Sexual Abuse will be available on Amazon.com on September 15, 2015 as well as at other fine booksellers.  To learn more visit: www.WellArmoredChild.com, or visit her on Facebook.



Watch Joelle Casteix in action with these interview features from NBC News and CNN:
NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/craig-melvin/54111935#54111935
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2014/02/06/intv-casteix-un-report-priest-sex-abuse.cnn



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Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
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8/14/2015

National Park Service (NPS) Birthday Celebration #FindYourPark



Let's celebrate  National Park Service (NPS’) 99th birthday on August 25, 2015...



 
99 Ways to Find Your Park
#FindYourPark


1             Go climbing
2             Write poetry
3             Be an urban hiker
4             Visit a National Heritage Area
5             Dance
6             Learn about climate change
7             Discover a culture new to you
8             Experience silence
10         Find inspiration in the story of a civil rights leader
11         Go on a ranger-led tour #rangerspointingatthings
12         Hug a tree
13         Make a memory
14         Earn a Jr. Ranger badge
16         Celebrate innovation
17         Find life in a desert
18         Get inspired by a First Lady
19         Stand on a mountaintop
20         Bring a kid to a park
21         Paddle a water trail
22         Take a photo that matches a historic one #retrogram
23         Try something new
24         Channel your inner Bill Nye—become a citizen scientist
25         Walk a historic main street
26         Find your park in Spanish #encuentratuparque
27         Explore a cave
28         Go green
29         Brush up your national park trivia skills
30         Scout a park, boys and girls!
31         Make art in a park
33         Come sail away
34         Take a picnic and dine al fresco
35         Be bear aware
36         Hit the road
37         Enlighten yourself at a historic lighthouse
38         Go biking
40         Feel the sand between your toes
41         Share your story
42         Learn about endangered species
43         Join us
44         Follow NPS on social media
45         Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history
46         Get in the know about H2O
47         Bee pollinator friendly
48         Get VIP status
49         Catch a wave
50         Immerse yourself in a living history program
51         Hit record
52         Get prehistoric
53         Improve your health—get a park Rx
55         Get reel—Visit a park featured in your favorite movie
56         Join a trail clean-up
57         See the sea
58         Discover a traditional tribal cultural practice
60         Mail a postcard
61         Discover history around you
62         Make new friends
63         Raft down a river
64         Pay your respects at a national cemetery
65         Pick a POTUS
66         Take a mini-cruise
67         Plan ahead and prepare
68         Walk nature's treadmill
69         Pose for a family photo in a park
71         Reflect on our most difficult stories
72         Stamp your park passport
73         Ride on a historic carousel
74         Run
76         Renew your spirit
78         Go fish
79         See the starry, starry night
80         Make a splash
81         Share a #tbt park photo
83         Sleep outside
84         Spread the love—thank a park volunteer
85         Plan the best field trip ever
87         Trash Your Trash
88         Find a monument and decode history
89         Travel the Underground Railroad
90         Use the buddy system!
92         Wander an American battlefield
93         Watch wildlife
94         Take a deep breath
95         Go wild: Experience wilderness
97         Play
98         Take a sunrise selfie
 

Watch other #FindYourPark videos on YouTube!

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A BEKA BOOK KITS - Elementary - Level Grade & Subject Kits SALE

SAVE 10 - 15%

Christianbook.com will be promoting a sale on "A Beka Book Kits" from August 11th through August 18th. Select "A Beka Book Kits" will be available for 10% - 15% off retail price.





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Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
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8/11/2015

Wordless Wednesday - American Flag

Back-to-School
Design an American Flag


Design an American Flag Day



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8/03/2015

20th Century Masters - The Best of Thousand Foot Krutch: The Millennium Collection CD

20th Century Masters 
The Best of
Thousand Foot Krutch
The Millennium Collection CD

20th Century Masters
The Best of Thousand Foot Krutch
The Millennium Collection CD 



Straight from Ontario, Canada we have Thousand Foot Krutch(TFK) an all male Christian Hard Rock & Metal band. The trinity of TFK consists of founder Trevor McNevan(vocalist), Steve Augustine(drummer) and Joel Bruyere(bassist & backing vocalist). TFK has released eight albums and various music videos since 1997 and has featured nearly a dozen band members throughout the years. They were influenced by the Newsboys, Creed, Korn and Limp Bizkit. TFK has toured along side Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Kutless and RED.  

The newly released 20th Century Masters - The Best of Thousand Foot Krutch: The Millennium Collection CD was released this July 31, 2015 by Capitol Christian Music Group. It shares with the fans ten popular hit songs from 2003 to 2011. What's your favorites? 



TFK Track List:
  1. Rawkfist(2003)
  2. Fire It Up(2009)
  3. Phenomenon(2003)
  4. This Is A Call(2003)
  5. Welcome To The Masquerade(2009)
  6. Take It Out On Me(2011)
  7. Move(2005)
  8. What Do We Know(2007)
  9. Falls Apart(2007)
  10. Breathe You In(2005)


Buy It!
You can purchase your very own copy of 20th Century Masters- The Best of Thousand Foot Krutch: The Millennium Collection on CD(Item #1579413) on the Capitol CMG Label Group for $5.00 at FamilyChristian.com. 

Drop by and visit Thousand Foot Krutch online; you'll find photos, news, tour dates, music, videos and much more. 


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My Thoughts

The gang and I enjoy various music and Christian Hard Rock & Metal is one of our favorite genre of music. Thousand Foot Krutch(TFK) has been enjoyed in our home for many years. My nineteen year old owns almost all of the  TFK albums: Phenomenon (2003–2004), The Art of Breaking (2005–2006), The Flame in All of Us (2007–2008), Welcome to the Masquerade (2009–2011), The End Is Where We Begin (2011–2013) and various singles from OXYGEN:INHALE(2014). 

Our favorite singles from The Best of Thousand Foot Krutch: The Millennium Collection CD are Move, Falls Apart, Welcome To The Masquerade and Take It Out On Me. I recommend TFK if you are a fan of Hard Rock/Metal music. 

And, not every song is head banging Hard Rock/Metal like Rawkfist. There are several softer singles like Breathe You In, There Is A Call and What Do We Know. There is something for each flavor in this collection. 

I am always looking for strong heart-pumping Christian music that I can use during my workouts. I think this is a great collection to use in a workout for fitness training like aerobics and weight training. Enjoy!  <><


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Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
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