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Tracy

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Tracy owns Safe Spaces, a consulting and training firm that focuses on building resilient families, communities and organizations (www.sfspcs.com). She is also an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor with Darkness to Light, www.d2l.org, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. Tracy grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education and most recently as a Public Educator for a child abuse prevention non-profit. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to a 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. Self-care includes getting to know her new community, having lunch with friends, pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family.

Keep Your Kids Safe Online With These Conversation Starters

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Screen time has already been a growing concern for most parents, and COVID-19 has only increased its prevalence. We worry about physical considerations like its effects on eyesight and posture and we have heard...

Refocusing on Boundaries After Shelter-in-Place

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We moms have had some pretty intense conversations with our children over the last few months. We’ve had to talk about why we can no longer go to school, the museum, playground, to a...

Protecting Children During a Crisis

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Child abuse incidents have increased since most of the country has been sheltering-in-place, and there are a number of reasons why. Stress levels are high in homes across America. Families are stuck at home,...

What Does Teacher Appreciation Look Like Now?

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As a former teacher and school administrator, I can tell you that we love Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a time to get an extra picture, hug, high five, and even a small gift from...

Tracy’s Crafty Recipes for Home Art Projects

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  Coffee Filter Suncatchers https://youtu.be/_kiAsToZem8 Binoculars https://youtu.be/pRHhn5EE6tU Cupcake Fireworks https://youtu.be/fiJmjp4mJHk Nature Painting Collage https://youtu.be/3lQbfp1_6j8  

University of Tennessee Study: Relationship Abuse

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Editor's Note: We know this is an unusual time and you may be in closer contact with the person who was abusive. Please only take this survey if you can do so privately. The...
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It’s OK to Ask for Help When You Need It

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In our society, asking for help can sometimes be seen as a weakness.  I actually think that it is a strength to be able to ask for help, no matter what you might need...
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ACEs, Trauma, and Resiliency

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Children who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are at an increased risk of developing serious health issues later in life. ACEs include:  Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse Physical and emotional neglect Living with parents...

How My Husband and I Set Limits on His Video Game Use

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We set limits on our kids’ video game time, so shouldn’t we do the same for ourselves? My spouse, in particular, cannot get enough game time. I get that everyone needs an outlet, and...
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My Midlife Crisis and the New Passion That’s Getting Me Through It

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I started seeing a personal trainer five months ago. During that time, my trainer had me try all sorts of activities, but I began to find I had a soft spot for Olympic Weightlifting....
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