I’m a mom. I teach martial arts. I have a podcast about parenting and pornography. I fight sexual exploitation. Anyone who knows me knows I’m passionate about my work. But why? Last week, a reporter came into the dojo and asked me to tell my story. So I did. He said he was writing a… Read More It’s My Turn to Be Brave
“How do you teach modesty to children?” The question glowed on my computer screen. “… in 50-100 words … I’m creating an expert roundup on Cleo Madison … would love to include your insights … ” An email. An opportunity. But a complicated subject to be sure. Isn’t it funny how “modesty” has become such… Read More Teaching Modesty to Children
I recently had the opportunity to interview with Josh Ochs, founder of SmartSocial.com. Josh is awesome! He is so natural on camera. I am still learning. Haha. If you’d like to hear the audio version, you can also tune in on the Smart Social Podcast on iTunes, here: http://bit.ly/Melody-porn-talk In case you’re interested, here are… Read More Interview: “When and How to Talk to Kids About Pornography” on SmartSocial.com
I had so much fun chatting with Josh Gilman at Strength to Fight. Check out the full interview here: In case you’re interested, here are some links to resources we mentioned in the interview: Petra’s Power to See: A Media Literacy Adventure (from Educate and Empower Kids). Join Petra and her dad as they venture… Read More ‘Strength to Fight’ Interview: Creating a Digital Well for Moms
In a recent worldwide broadcast to youth ages 12 to 18, Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, challenged teens to put down their phones and put aside social media in order to focus on living healthy lives and pursuing more spiritual matters. In his address, he specifically asked… Read More A Social Media Fast for Teens?
While spot-checking my children’s devices, I’ve found several back doors and secret sides to the kid apps we think are safe. This post includes some lessons I learned along the way, along with tips to fight back. Remember … although I might use a specific app as an example, simply banning that app might not… Read More Lessons from a “Kid-friendly” App: Dealing with Predators
We had an indian summer, and mid-way through November thousands of leaves are still clinging to the trees. I feel restless. Longing for something unknown. Thanksgiving is this week, and I am striving to be grateful and to forget myself. And I am grateful. Grateful to be alive. Grateful for the progress I have made.… Read More Medical Crossroads
Isn’t it amazing how tragedies can make time stand still? For generations, we will continue to ask, “Where were you when … ?” and let the memories transport us away from the mundane and the daily scramble. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a poor college student with no TV in the house. I arrived… Read More The art of re-invention
Sometimes life is so fast it makes our heads spin, and we just hope and pray that the tools we’re using are actually keeping our kids safe when it comes to media. But do we really expect filters, age-appropriate ratings, and time limits to ensure our kids won’t encounter sexually explicit material? Read my full… Read More Is the Media Teaching Your Kids About Sex … or are You?
I keep waiting for a normal day. I saw a meme once that said “normal” is just a setting on a washing machine. I hear that. But after trauma, after divorce, after millions of hours of counseling, after … after … after … Aren’t we supposed to get past the dreaded SURVIVAL MODE? If you’ve… Read More Too weary to fake it