If you really want to know what’s going on in a baby’s life, all you have to do is spend some time with him. A baby will tell you exactly what she thinks and how she feels about this thing called life. Babies won’t use words, but if you look closely enough you’ll see they are constantly giving you clues. The cool thing about babies is they are not sophisticated enough to manipulate the truth. They’ve developed no defense mechanisms that mask their thoughts and feelings. They haven’t latched onto addictions that numb them out and make them go through life in a haze. Babies who are distressed, neglected, or abused will make this known through their bodies. Although they can’t use words, their bodies can’t help but absorb their stress and act it out. Keep in mind that the clues listed below are like puzzle pieces. They don’t tell [...]
We’ve all been there. At the grocery, sitting in traffic, or just walking down the street when we see it: an interaction between an adult and child that makes our heart sink and our stomach tumble down to our toes. It might include screaming, pushing, shoving, punching, or smacking a kid across the face. Maybe it involves a menacing adult towering over a terrified child while making threats about what will happen when they get home. Sometimes it’s nothing. Literally. There is no adult in the area where unclaimed preschoolers roam. The neighbor’s young kids are home alone day and night and you’ve never seen their parents. What’s child abuse and what’s just bad parenting? When do you intervene and when do you walk away? Who do you call? What do you say? What happens next? Since 1974, every state in the US has been required to establish child abuse [...]
Does a toddler have a right to continue living in the only loving home she’s ever known with the only ‘mom’ she’s ever known, even if there are no biological ties? 17 law professors from universities across the United States say YES! These men and women are experts in family law, adoption law and /or constitutional law. Miraculously, that’s A LOT of attorneys agreeing on something. We should probably pay attention to what they have to say. Click HERE to read their argument.