The big picture

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We live in a culture of violence.  You can sugarcoat all you want, but the truth is that violence prevails in this country.

It starts with teasing.  It escalates to bullying.  And it ends with assault weapons and lost lives.

As parents, we try to protect out little ones.  We do our best to keep them safe from the dark side.  Sadly, we can’t control what goes on around us.  And we never know what might happen.

It’s time for a revolution.  At home.  In the schools.  And, for the love of life, within the walls of our government.  It’s time to break the cycle of violence, and we need to work together to do it.

Please stop by The Huffington Post to read more about why I think acceptance is a bad word and why we need to raise better kids.

It’s Big Picture Parenting on HuffPost Parents.

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)