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  • Crixeo: Why Do Institutions Cover up Child Abuse?

    *This blog post is excerpted from an article that I originally wrote for Crixeo Magazine. You can find the full text here.

    Witnesses Often Fail to Report Child Abuse. But Why? The Answer May Lie in Psychology

    In January of 2018, Dr. Larry Nassar, disgraced team physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for decades of abuse of gymnasts under his care. Nassar assaulted 265 girls, the youngest of whom was only six years old at the time of the abuse.

    People around the world reacted with horror when the investigations into Nassar’s crimes revealed that many adults knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it. Rather than helping the victims, these witnesses pressured them to stay silent, or tried to convince them that the abuse hadn’t happened.

    Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 16, Larissa Boyce thought she was living her dream. She was a young gymnast training at MSU with one of her idols, gymnastics legend Kathie Klages. When Nassar assaulted Boyce during a medical exam, she went straight to Klages, who was the MSU head coach at the time.

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    “She was the person I looked up to. She was the person I thought had my back,” Boyce read from her victim impact statement during Nassar’s sentencing hearing. But instead of helping, Klages told Boyce she couldn’t imagine Nassar “doing anything questionable.” She told Boyce she had misunderstood a normal medical exam and advised her not to file a report.

    Many other coaches and administrators at MSU and USA Gymnastics also received reports of Nassar’s abuse. Most either failed to report, or delayed their report by weeks.

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  • Grok Nation: I Put My Toddler on a Screen Detox

    *This blog post is excerpted from an article I originally wrote for Grok Nation. You can find the full text here.

    I gave my toddler my iPhone—and invented the “Screen Detox”

    Read how I learned the hard way how to limit my son’s screen time.

    I homeschool three “big” kids with two dogs and a toddler at home, so I’m one busy mama. The dogs are easy. Just a pat on the head and a trip to the back  yard and they’re good for hours. But my 3-year-old son, Gianni–let’s just say he doesn’t like being on the sidelines.

    I’d never been a mom who allowed much screen time. Gianni’s older siblings got to watch one movie a week at his age. But with my fourth kid, that rule was difficult to enforce.

    Just like any addiction, Gianni’s iPhone habit started with a small fix. The big kids and I were sitting at the table working on math. My plan was to set up the older two girls with their school work, answer a few questions, then sit down with my first grade son to walk him through his problems.

    But Gianni didn’t get that this situation called for quiet. (What toddler does, right?)

    He asked me for milk. He spilled the milk. I went to clean it up.

    My daughter asked me a question. I shouted something about numerators and denominators into the dining room as I mopped the kitchen floor.

    Gianni wanted more milk. I poured it for him. His big brother asked what was taking me so long.

    I went back to the dining room. Gianni followed me.

    You get the idea. It was never ending.

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  • Crixeo: A Brief History of the Circumcision Debate

    *This blog post is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Crixeo.

    On his eighth day of life, a newborn Jewish boy is taken to his family’s synagogue. His mother hands him to the kvatters, who place him in the Chair of Elijah for his bris. So begins the Jewish ritual of circumcision, which tradition says seals Abraham’s covenant with God as described in Genesis 17.

    A Muslim family teaches their sons that the Prophet Muhammad was born without a foreskin. To emulate the prophet, Muslim boys are circumcised, usually in a hospital, sometime before the age of 12.

    People of many cultures and religions, including Jews, Muslims, ancient Egyptians and tribal people around the world, have practiced male circumcision for centuries. No one knows for sure exactly when it started, but some historians say it may have begun as a puberty rite among Australian aboriginal tribes in 10,000 BC. Later, tribes in Northern East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula would adopt the practice.

    Circumcision has fallen in and out of favor throughout history, but the story of its introduction to nonreligious, Western populations is interesting. Outside of Jewish and Muslim communities, it was uncommon to routinely circumcise boys until the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when doctors began promoting it as a way to prevent masturbation and some diseases.

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  • Missing Children’s Awareness Day

    *I am a freelance writer and often publish pieces in magazines, newspapers, and other publications. This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for Crixeo Magazine.

    Almost exactly four years ago, on a sunny June day in a beautiful Atlantic beach town, I thought my life was ending. My son, Raymond, who was just a few weeks from his third birthday, disappeared on a crowded boardwalk. We’d just gotten off the Jolly Trolley at the boardwalk — Raymond, his two older sisters, my husband and I.

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    For less than a minute, my husband and I took our eyes off the kids while we discussed where we wanted to eat dinner. Less than a minute. How many times have you taken your eyes off your child in a public place for a few seconds? You dig through your purse at the grocery store. You text your spouse. You crane your neck, searching for the other mom you were supposed to meet for lunch.

    In those few seconds, I lost my son.

    Now, I want to tell you at this point that this story has a happy ending. After the five longest minutes of my life, I found him.

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  • Today’s Parent: Are Academic Demands and Over-scheduling Stressing Kids Out?

    *This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for todaysparent.com.

    From standardized tests and heavy homework loads to after-school sports and tutors, elementary-aged children are taking on more responsibilities than ever before. Despite the popular notion that kids today are coddled, many experts believe they are actually under more stress than previous generations.

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    Nicole Roder is a freelance writer and mother of four. She writes about kids, family, and health for a number of magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets. Contact Nicole to inquire about freelance writing or editing services.

  • Crixeo: Should Science Edit out Genetic Disorders?

    *This post is excerpted from an article that I wrote for Crixeo.

    Scientists have successfully modified the DNA of a human embryo to erase a genetic and lethal heart condition. The experiment, published August 2 in the journal Nature, used a tool known as CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, and was the first to successfully “correct” a gene mutation in human embryos. Reactions to this news range from excitement to horror. Soon we could have the technology to help parents who carry genes for genetic disorders to conceive children free of those traits. But should we?

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    Nicole Roder is a freelance writer and mother of 4. Contact her to inquire about writing and editing services.

  • Today’s Parent: Can Contact Sports Like Hockey Really Cause Brain Disease in Kids?

    *This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for Today’s Parent.

    Ask a mom what she thinks about her kid playing contact sports like hockey or football and you’re likely to see some worry on her face, because of the risk of concussion.

    Perhaps you’ve read the recent media reports of scientific studies linking contact sports to a brain disease called CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. One such study published in January 2018 in the journal Brain found evidence of CTE in the brains of deceased athletes. Some media reports say that these results are evidence that repeated hits to the head can cause CTE, even in players who have never suffered a concussion.

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  • Zywave: What Do Clients Look for in a Broker?

    *This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for a copywriting client, as part of my freelance writing services.

    Zywave partners who serve businesses may have noticed that the insurance landscape has changed over the past several years. Whether you sell benefits packages or commercial lines, your clients expect more from you. No longer are brokers simple salespeople, finding their clients a good price on insurance products. Sure, you still have your basic, core responsibilities. You help your clients manage costs. You assist with compliance. But these services won’t set your agency apart.

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  • Zywave: Using the Consultative Sales Approach

    *This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for a copywriting client, as part of my freelance writing services.

    Zywave partners know that a good broker-client relationship is essential to establishing trust.

    The consultative sales approach can help you build that client-broker relationship right from the start. You can use that rapport to propel your business to bigger and better sales. Our partners successfully use this approach as part of their for P&C insurance marketing strategy.

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  • Client Success Stories

    As a freelance writer and content creator, I often produce success stories for my business clients. Here are a few examples:

    Winning New Business and Retaining Current Clients: The Buursma Agency

    *The following is excerpted from a success story I wrote for a client and originally published on zywave.com:

    The Buursma Agency is well-known in West Michigan as a qualified provider of insurance products both for groups and individuals, for health, life, disability, dental, vision and Medicare planning.

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    Increasing Revenue with Integrated Applications: Cornerstone Group

    *The following is excerpted from a client success story originally published on Zywave.com:

    Founded in 1982, Cornerstone Group and its staff are distinguished by a tradition of integrity, industry leadership and excellence in the areas of employee benefits and insurances, as well as financial and retirement services.

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