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The difference between discipline and abuse?

State law in Hawaii makes it illegal for a parent to "physically abuse" their child. But the law also provides that parents may use appropriate force if it is related to helping the minor, as long as it doesn't cause serious injury or extreme pain....

Witnessing abuse

One of our readers wrote in recently to ask what others would have done in a situation in which she found herself. She was at a restaurant and had to visit the ladies room. She describes what happened next: "On the way I passed a table where a child...

TV host abuses animals to show negative effects of animal abuse

Most adults have been in a situation where they've tried to show their child how to behave by demonstrating what not to do. But in this case, the adults involved completely miss the point. The host of this Hamas TV kid's program is apparently...

Something's got to give

You know, this morning started out great. I was up at a reasonable hour, I'd gotten the requisite number hours of sleep I desired and I'd pumped with ease. Then, I saw the local morning news. One of the top stories was about yet another victim of...

Exorcism of 3-year-old ends in grandfather's death

Just the word 'exorcism' takes me back to my childhood - and not in a good way. I remember seeing the movie The Exorcist with my best friend when we were young teenagers and it gave us both nightmares for weeks. Seriously scary stuff. Imagining the...

8-year-old calls abuse line, gets sex hotline

When Karen Carter dialed a sexual assault hotline, her intention was to find a trained and experienced counselor with whom her 8-year-old daughter could talk. Her daughter had witnessed some inappropriate behavior several years earlier and was now...

What happens when teachers are falsely accused?

We often write about scandalous behavior by teachers and other educators here at ParentDish. Most of time these educators have admitted wrongdoing -- or, at least, admitted to their actions (whether or not they were right is often up for debate)....

Should teen's parent have told "all" to Oprah?

The American media has been all over the story of Shawn Hornbeck, the teenage boy that went missing four years ago, only to be recently rescued. There's been much news, not to mention speculation, about Shawn and his time in captivity. Heck, Dana...

North Carolina court rules thrashing children with a belt, leaving bruises is acceptable

Dobsonians rejoice! Now, in North Carolina, it's perfectly acceptable to focus a leather strap on your family so long as the punishment doesn't cause "serious injury." A North Carolina appellate court ruled last week that it's OK to spank your...

Man assaults infant with a cattle prod

I usually don't like focusing on these types of stories here at Blogging Baby, but sometimes a story will come along that is so shocking and horrible I can't help but bring your attention to it. One of the hardest lessons I will take from writing for...

Serotonin levels may prove key to understanding cycle of abuse

Psychologists have long tried to provide answers as to why those who have been abused by their parents tend to repeat those behaviors with their own kids, but now some scientists have determined that it may be, at least in part, biological. The...

Pop star Ricky Martin stands up for trafficking children

Although more famous for shaking his bon-bon than taking a political stand, Ricky martin is speaking out against trafficking children. He recently visited Capital Hill to raise awareness for his organization the Ricky Martin Foundation. One of his...

School involvement and kids' health risks

Getting teenagers more active in school life may lower the odds that they will smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex. This was suggested by a study, summarized on MedlinePlus and presented in the September issue of American Journal of Public Health. In...

Social behavior and peer relationships of victims and bully-victims

With the start of school, you begin to wonder about a lot of things. How will my child do in school? Will he or she make a lot of friends? Will it be a good experience? You often find yourself wondering if he or she will get along well with others or...

Teaching your kids how to call 9-1-1

It could be that one of the most important lessons you ever teach your child is just how exactly they should call an emergency number. Knowing just when they should pick up the phone to reach out for help is a vital lesson. Following is a short list...

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