Second Friday Parenting Hat, The Severson Sisters Connections 10/14/11

Have you ever had to deal with bullying issues?  Have you ever wanted to know about some tools to help prevent it?

Carrie Severson of Severson Sisters Foundation shared with us about a fantastic program to bring awareness and prevention to bullying. As a result of her own life experience and life reflection, Carrie saw a need to change the way that girls interact with girls – a way to break through the “mean girl” syndrome.  Through creative arts, The Severson Sisters program – Connections, teaches girls to embrace the “Super Girl” within, understand that as girls, we are all in this together, and that they need to treat each other with understanding and respect.

Both boys and girls are bullied. But Carrie noticed that girls often bully in a “different” way.  She saw that the dynamic in girl bullying instances, peaking in the middle school years, is often about social power and needing a place in the group.  In power preservation mode, girls often use cutting and emotionally based words and actions to find some control and status. Connections helps the girls to recognize their own value and uniqueness through using positive words, positive actions and empowering activities. They share stories and experiences to help build understanding and empathy for what others are going through and how bullying behavior impacts others.  The creative arts component of the program help the girls to express what they are feeling and experiencing in a different way than just talk – something that bullying victims are often hesitant to do.

Carrie gave us some signs to help us recognize if  a child that is being bullied or that may be engaging in bullying behavior:

  • They withdraw from social functions with friends.
  • They seem depressed.
  • They suddenly want to miss school.
  • They stop enjoying the activities they used to do.
  • They feel suddenly incapable in areas that they had been confident in.
  • If they are engaging in bullying behavior, they may have been through a trauma in another area of life.

If you would like to know more about the Severson Sisters Connections Program click on the logo above or visit the Severson Sisters Site . To listen to the Mom of Many  Hats Radio Show featuring the Carrie Severson of the Severson Sisters Foundation, click HERE! Broadcasts are also available as FREE Itunes downloads.  Just click the sidebar Itunes Mom!

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Fifth Friday Coture Hat 9/30/11 Janet Perez Eckles


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How do you bounce back after tragedy? How do you find the strength to carry on when it feels like things are hopeless and? How do you keep going when you feel inadequate in the world?

On Today’s Show, Janet Perez Eckles told us about her life, the challenges she has faced – Losing her sight as a young mother of three young sons, enduring the near collapse of her marriage, and facing the loss of her son.  She shared how she chose to live life forward and not be stuck in what she had lost, but free in what she has. Janet is the embodiment of a Wonderful Super Woman!

Janet also shared with us her book Simply Salsa – Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta!In this book she shares how we can go from existing in

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fear and feeling inadequate to truly living and having a  heart full of joy and celebration for the gifts that we have.  Janet’s life, example, and story are a testament to how the power of faith in God, forgiveness, tenacity, and purposeful choosing of joy can lead us to a fulfilled life worthy of our own belief in our value and importance. Even in the darkest times in life, Janet shows us that there is hope and life just waiting for us – if we choose it.

To learn more about Janet, please visit her site, Inspiration For You!

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