Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Make a Wave
by Teresia Smith

Have you ever had the chance to toss a pebble into a lake? As a child, it was fun to watch the ripples from that pebble toss. What if multiple people threw pebbles at the same time? Those ripples may combine and become bigger. Then the bigger ripples may join others and become a wave. “Everything we do, even the slightest thing we do, can have a ripple effect and repercussions that emanate. If you throw a pebble into the water on one side of the ocean, it can create a tidal wave on the other side.” Victor Webster.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Supporting Someone Who is in an Abusive Relationship
by Teresia Smith

It is painful to watch someone deal with hurtful situations and not be able to rescue them. Watching someone you love trying to survive in a domestic violence filled relationship can be very difficult. And it can be even more so if they boomerang, leaving and returning multiple times. You may feel sad, angry, and even feel like giving up on your loved one and all those emotions are totally understandable. Instead of giving up, I urge you to educate yourself about the intricacies of domestic violence, how you can best respond, and what local services may be available to assist.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Healthy Breakups
by Teresia Smith

School is back in session. New school clothes, new school supplies, new schedules. And then we have the morning rush-out-the-door drama, homework drama, extracurricular activities drama and if you have kids in upper grades, get prepared for dating and relationship drama. The high school dating scene can be tough. Navigating teen romance is not for the faint at heart and it is very important that we give our teens the tools that make dating and relationships healthy experiences.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Healthy Teen Relationships
by Teresia Smith

As we draw near to the end of summer break, everyone is in get-ready-for-back-to-school mode. Supplies need to be purchased, crisp, new clothes for the first day, schedules figured out and then we all look forward to watching our children learn and grow throughout the year. For our older teens, in addition to monitoring academics, it’s important that we discuss healthy relationships with them.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Have a Conversation about Domestic Violence
by Rebecca Hieonymi

Domestic Violence is everywhere, affecting millions of people across the United States. Through action and education, we can end this epidemic. One way to do your part is to simply start a conversation with your loved ones about domestic violence. Here are 10 tips for having an informed conversation about domestic violence.

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