Did you know that girls are five times more likely to be sexually abused than boys? So it is important to understand that if sexual abuse has occurred and was untreated that it may be a big factor as to why a girl has gained too much weight too fast. Also remember that age is a significant factor in sexual abuse. The median age for reported sexual abuse is nine years old.
Obesity is widespread for many reasons—complex reasons that when they come together they can cause a perfect storm of gaining too much weight, too fast. And this is happening to a lot of children, who then don’t grow out of the weight, and is causing what doctors are calling ‘extreme’ or Category 1 or 2 obesity. These types of obesity are on the rise and cause a lot of health issues like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, bone growth problems, latent bed wetting, problems sleeping in general, and early puberty.
Here is an easy thing to do to help your child stay a healthy weight. Encourage your child to run, skip or hop for just five minutes several times a day. Remember when you were a kid and you ran because you felt like running. Or maybe you were a hopper, or a skipper.
Compelling and touching--JoAnn Stevelos's, Howard Be Thy Name is a novel told with tenderness and even-handed compassion but expands into a fully realized portrait of the complexities of heartbreak, estrangement, secret lives, and abuse.
Set in Albany, in 1968, we follow the story of Evie Edwards, divorced, and a mother of four children, who falls in love with Howard Russo, a newly ordained Catholic priest. Unyielding to the consequences their relationship will have on her children, Evie throws herself and her children into a life of secrecy, lies, and betrayals. The story begins with Evie confronting a heartbreaking revelation that forces her to decide between her children and Howard.
Dream Alibis is a collection of poems, along with a play called “Little Red Wagon”. Ryder Cooley’s intriguing illustrations bring a deep sense of meaning to the Dream Alibis poems, an assemblage of fragmented narratives about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse. The poems segue into “Little Red Wagon”, a play about a family that creates a temporal divide between a political activist’s suicide and the present. It explores the layers of grief that tether the family to one another in conspiratorial silence. Dream Alibis was written & published by JoAnn Stevelos, with illustrations by Ryder Cooley, photography by Noah Fowler, and book design by Mika Dmytrowska.
JoAnn Stevelos' next publishing project will be the second novel in her Howard Be Thy Name trilogy, called The Book of Jo. The third book will be called, I Am Because We Are. Each will continue the story of the families in Howard Be Thy Name. We discover if the families can heal or remain broken; will they grow together again, or recoil from each other? Will they find a new way of living peacefully, with love, or remain in the past, unable to move on?
My talented supportive sister made these Child Sexual Abuse Prevention pins for my team to wear during our CSA training in NZ. There is one extra to give a as a gift too! Thank you sister💕#stopthesilence #trustmyrivr #preventchildabuse #sister #artistsoninstagram #newzealand
My new blog post, Helping Children Stay a Healthy Weight, is now live! #childhoodobesityprevention #healthylifestyle #healthykids #talkingaboutweight #compassion #parenting #caregivers #children #healthyschools