Moms Who Murder Their Own Kids

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 in Children, Death, Family, Parenting, Tragedies

What is going on with these murdering moms? Stacey Pagli was arraigned Wednesday on charges of killing her daughter, Marissa Pagli, 18. Officials say that it appears Marissa was strangled — and that Stacey has attempted suicide in jail. What is going on with all these murdering moms? Well, it seems that it is not that uncommon — it is just horrifying to our sensibilities as caring and loving mothers. According to the U.S. Department...

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Joannie Rochette Will Skate Despite Tragedy

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 in Celebrities in the News, Death, Family, Tragedies

Our hearts go out to Joannie Rochette, the 24-year-old figure skater whose mother died suddenly of a massive heart attack early Sunday morning in Vancouver. Ronda Kaysen: Joannie, Canada‘s best hope for a figure-skating medal since Elizabeth Manley won silver in 1988, has decided to continue competing for a spot on the Olympic podium. On Sunday morning, she wiped away tears and practiced in the Pacific Coliseum with her father looking on....

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Amy Bishop: Resentment and Rage

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 in Death, Domestic Violence, Family, Television, Tragedies

One look into Amy Bishop‘s past will show a long history of violent behavior. Amy Bishop, mother of four (the youngest in third grade), is accused of gunning down three of her fellow professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The portrait that is now emerging of Bishop is one filled with resentment and rage. This rage may have been brewing for a long time: Bishop shot and killed her brother in 1986 with a shotgun. She was...

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Discussing the Haiti Disaster with Your Children

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 in Children, Family, Parenting, Tragedies

In the wake of the horrific Haiti earthquake, you may be encountering questions from your children about the tragedy. It is important to remember even if we keep the images of the disaster from their viewing, they may hear about the event at school from their friends. Natural disasters such as tornadoes or earthquakes, as well as man-made disasters such as bombs, can leave children feeling confused, scared, and vulnerable. Even if the child...

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How Could a Serial Killer Go Undetected?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 in Tragedies

Cops say Anthony Sowell is a sociopathic sexual predator. He allegedly preyed upon a vulnerable population: African-American women who lived on society’s fringe. Some were active or recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Some had gone to jail and had criminal records. The family members of those that went missing believe that when their loved ones disappeared, the police did not take their concerns seriously. The fiance of Janice Webb,...

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Explaining Violence to Kids

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 in Children, Death, Parenting, Tragedies

As hard as it may seem to turn something as horrific as the tragic shooting at Fort Hood into a teachable moment with our kids, it can be done. And it should be done: we can’t assume that kids won’t hear about these events simply because we monitor their viewing of the television in our own homes. Our kids also live in a world where their friends may be discussing these events on the school yard, or they may hear it or see it at one...

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