Want to know two scary statistics about abuse?

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Then go to www.itstimetotalkday.org!

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by The Moms, sponsored by Mary Kay & Verizon Wireless.

Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Getsten did had a fabulous Q & A session with a panel, and opened questions to the public.

US Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber, her mother and actor Morris Chestnut were on the panel discussing their personal views about standing up to abuse. There was a parent discussing how she lost her daughter to abuse, as well as a teen who told us her heartfelt story which started by texting via text and the problems escalated.

Representatives from Verizon Wireless and Mary Kay both discussed their free services for these issues which could be found on their websites.

1 out of 3 teens have either been abused verbally, sexually or physically, & 3 out of 4 parents have never had a conversation about this topic!

Those two statistics were startling to me, which I felt the need to spread the word, & you can too!

We as parents need to start earlier than middle school or high school with these conversations!

As early as age five, you can begin to discuss hitting, good touching and bad touching with your child. Having your pediatrician yearly at well visits discuss what you feel comfortable about your child learning, is an easy way to handle start the conversation.

I also brought up the fact that on playdates or on the playground, is a great opportunity for parents to step in. For extreme teasing, roughhousing or when a child says, “Stop!” or “No!”, we need to discuss what this means, and for them to RESPECT these boundaries!

It is imperative that we model and talk to our children about these issues when you have a, “teachable moment”. Whether it be watching a movie or a tv show, reading a book or stepping in when they are playing with friends. Children need to understand what is okay and what is not, so start today!

For more information go to:

www.itstimetotalkday.org

www.loveisrespect.org
Text “loveis” 22522 or call 866-331-9474 for 24/7 peer counselors that will talk to teens anonymously

www.marykay.com/dontlookaway
Contact them for a free compact for your daughter with help information hidden inside in each one.

www.nyc.gov/domesticviolence

Take it from a Mom Who wants to help end abuse, so spread the word with me!

#itstimetotalkday

Want to know why early intervention can benefit your infant or child?

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Because the earlier you have your child seen by a specialist, it can help them tremendously!

When our daughter was born, we were told that she had Torticollis, by two doctors.

It was an amazing OT (Occupational Therapist), Cindy Servello, & one of the top Pedicatric Optometrists, Dr. Mark Stelle who determined that it was Strabismus (turning of the eye).

That was causing her head to tilt, & it was not Torticollis! She needed eye surgery to shorten the muscle in her good eye, to keep her eyes aligned.

This is why you should always go for more than one opinion, which is so important I think.

People come from all over the US, to see both Cindy Servello, & Dr. Stelle, & I can tell you why.

From the moment you meet either one if them, they make you & your child feel comfortable. Watching them work is amazing, & they are truly fantastic in their fields!

What my husband & I loved, is that both Cindy & Dr. Stelle were DEFINITIVE in their findings, versus, “It could be…” diagnosis.

Early intervention is so important, because sometimes if an issue is left untreated, or is misdiagnosed, it can lead to other issues.

For example, if our daughter was just treated for Torticollis, she could have lost some of he vision by age five.

Take it from a former educator… If you feel that something is not right, have your child seen by a specialist.

It’s okay to get other opinions, especially if surgery is part if the diagnosis!

Cindy Servello Occupational Therapist 973-366-5157
cindy1otr@aol.com

Dr. Mark Stelle
212-981-9800
www.pedseye.com

Take it from a Mom Who always double checks, & goes with her gut feeling!