Solar Eclipse much? I know I’m “late” to the party but 1st of all, we did not have a solar eclips in down under and 2nd nobody better to write about it than my blogger friend Emma.
Emma is one of my regular guest bloggers. I feel really thrilled about the possibility to post one educating post of this great blogger once a month over the next couple of months. Thank you so much, Emma, for sharing these great posts with us! If you would like to check out the previous guest posts, this amazing blogger wrote for me, head over here. Continue reading
… That every day, the human body loses about one million skin cells — that amounts to 2 kilos every year. Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight. The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin (roughly 2 square meters), which weighs 9 lbs (about 4 kilos) and contains more than 11 miles (about 18 km) of blood vessels. The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch (about 6.5 cm2) of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.
Also every inch of skin has an exact stretch-iness and strength for it’s location. As we all know the skin on our knuckles is very different to the skin on our belly or the back of our knees. Our skin has its own bacteria microbiome of over 1000 species.
Talking about how amazing our body is…
I’m fed up. Once again. This post will be all over the place because I am truly angry. Angry and frustrated!
Fed up by the system that seems to be worth the same shit everywhere: Nothing. It’s called justice system and yet justice is not done in so many cases. The victim is marked forever while the offender walks away able to have a pretty life in a pretty home with his pretty family… oh, and a pretty future of course.
We live in a culture that obviously accepts sex being forced upon someone as not as bad. We live in a society that believes financial fraud needs to be punished harsher than rape. We live in a society where judges believe that a rapist needs to get away with only a couple of months behind bars because of the huge impact the sentence could otherwise have on his future. Poor boy… After all he only raped a unconscious girl. As his father already said, why destroying his future for “only 20 minutes”…
We live in a society where an ex student athlete can be the judge of a bloody rapist student athlete… Read the part about the judges notable cases! I bet the defenders partied after finding out who the judge would be for Mr Brock Turner! 3 months and he is out again! I have no words! No words! And yet, I will keep writing…
My head is spinning…
In a world where everything and everyone is accessible online, information get spread like a wildfire. One of the most important things for me as a mother is to keep my kids safe. To teach them the risks out there. Will I always be able to keep them from being harmed? I hope so but I don’t know. There is just too much out there to be sure. What I want to be sure of though, is to have taught them everything possible to keep them from becoming a victim. It’s all I can do.
In today’s Blast From The Past I share some shocking numbers and facts but also my thoughts about children and keeping them safe. My hopes, my ideas and also what I’m worried about.
Interesting how reports can get to you. How they can sink in and not let go of you. I wrote about my worries in regards to being able to protect my daughter, my kids. Then I wrote about the report I watched about the woman who has to allow her abusive ex to see their child. Again I’ve seen and I’ve heard numbers that are so hard to grasp. And it’s not letting me go. I think it’s good to remind ourselves of those shocking numbers every now and then. Just to stay alert. To make sure we do our best to protect ourselves but also and most importantly our children. Here are some numbers I dug up a little while ago and think might be good to be shared again.
Don’t be paranoid but don’t be careless either…
Last night my daughter had a nightmare. She came to our room, pretty upset and as I usually do in situations like this, I let her crawl under my blanket and hug me. As you do, I cuddled with her and held her, kissing her and telling her that Momma is here. That Momma will always be there and will always protect her. After a deep breath she fell asleep but for me that was it. I couldn’t fall asleep anymore. I wondered what if I could not keep that promise?
I can’t tell you how much I love it when my posts trigger an exchange of thoughts via the comments and then make you think even more. There were some really great comments on my “Would You Help?” post from yesterday and not only did you guys bring up some valid points but you made me think about the entire issue again.
What I truly loved is to read how many of you would step in and help. There are many different situations in which our help is needed and unfortunately too many don’t step up. What I believe it all comes down is the good old instinct. The gut feeling. And listening to it. When reading your comments I more than once thought how much actually comes down to the way you feel in this very moment. How you feel in the situation, if you have doubts, if you feel something is wrong. Yet again our gut feeling is the most important part of it. The one part we should never ignore. I’d like to share a post from a little while ago again as a Blast From The Past, because I think it somehow fits.
Even if we feel though, that there’s something wrong or for whatever reason the situation could get us in danger there are still ways to do our part and help out. It can be as simple as calling 000 (911), even when we left the scene in order to feel safer. We can still make that call and report it.
So maybe there are two things to keep in mind: Listen to what your instincts tell you and then be kind and find a way to help while staying safe.
I just came across a very interesting article with some really shocking numbers about child abuse. As parents we are constantly on the tips of our toes to make sure our children are kept safe. Well, at least I am. But how can you make sure they are safe if you really don’t know what to keep them safe from? We all know the basics: Don’t talk to strangers, don’t post to many information online, don’t send certain pics to people, don’t open the door for someone you don’t know and so on.
There are so many traditions that are worth keeping. And then there are the ugly ones. The ones that finally have to be stopped. Forever and for good. Traditions that might have made sense and decades or centuries ago might have played out differently than they do today. With a different impact. With different tools.