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Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson, MSW, is a Trainer, Educator, and Coach who helps famlies and professionals find smart solutions for tackling tender topics.
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Two long-time, dear friends had a little tete-a-tete in the comments section on Facebook this week. One is a seasoned pastor who is taking a sabbatical this spring, funded by an endowment fund that funds that kind of thing. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
The other day, a Facebook friend posted a warning about an emotional wake in the area of the country between where she had left one of her favorite people in the world and her home. She had just dropped her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
Dear grads, it’s that time of year again, when you all are graduating from high school and college. There are ceremonies and celebrations. There are tears, and gifts and joy that you made it! There are important conversations about your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
Did your kids get a new electronic gadget over the holidays? Does it enable them to use the Internet? Did you know that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics and a Pew Research Internet Project, significantly more teenagers... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 27, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
Parents: An article about which sites NOT to block so you and your kids can get accurate informaton about growing up, relationships, and sexuality. http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/291098221.html Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
A long-time friend recently told me that she has actual "big girl panties" that she wears on certain days. I think this is brilliant and am on a mission to designate a pair of mine for this important task. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
Today, I picked up a daily medication book I had gone through several years ago. I found notes I had taken about some things I thought I really, really wanted at that time. Some I have now, and some I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Diligent Joy Blog
Ask anyone in my family---I have worked at simplifying the holidays for years. And believe me, it's felt like "work"! No matter how many lists I make, how early I start preparing, or how organized I am, the holidays are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
Parents of 10-12 year olds! Still room in upcoming For Girls Only and For Boys Only Great Conversations classes in Seattle and Federal Way! Register here: www.greatconversations.com . Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
Read my piece about this in the Federal Way Mirror here: http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/241911211.html Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
Parents of 10-12 year olds! Still room in upcoming For Girls Only and For Boys Only Great Conversations classes in Seattle and Federal Way! Register here: www.greatconversations.com . Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
Yesterday, there was a quote/picture on Facebook--"Ego says: 'Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.' Spirit says: 'Find peace, and everything will fall into place.'" I shared it, even though I was not feeling particularly peaceful at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
Yesterday, I was interviewed by a reporter on KOMO radio because of an article I wrote pointing out that the teen pregnancy rate where I live is four times higher than the national average. Here is the interview--and a correction.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
Calling all women! When was the last time you had a well-woman exam? January is Cervical Health Month! Make sure to schedule your annual exam and stay healthy!!!! Want more info? Go here: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/womens-health/pelvic-exam-4306.htm or here: http://www.nccc-online.org/ Want to know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Diligent Joy Blog
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As I write this, it is still one full week before Thanksgiving. I've had an unusually busy fall, having worked most of the last four weekends, traveling a lot, and having less than enough down time between projects. And I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
This morning on my walk, I stopped to chat with a woman in my neighborhood. We were reminiscing that it had been nearly 20 years since our children had attended preschool together Her twin sons and my youngest are now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
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Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
You can gain over 200 practical parenting tips that can be used immediately to help raise a loving, kind, responsible, confident and successful child in the newly released parenting book 20 Great Ways to Raise Great Kids that’s available free... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
5 places Tacoma area transgender people can find support. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
Check out this article for tips on grilling safely, fireworks safety, and driving safely! http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/964961/4th-of-july-safety-tips Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
Early this morning, I was doing some work for a project for which I've been hired to help. The hiring body is the Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. The large topic for this project is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
Just re-listened to this interview from 6+ years ago: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7867316 Helps me remember why I'm doing what I do! Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
This just in from Amy Lang & Kim Estes- MamaCon's co-founders: An amazing mom who attended last year’s MamaCon believes so strongly in what the event can do for moms like you that she wants to make it possible for... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
Sexual assault prevention is a complicated subject. Youth who have greater knowledge of sexuality are not immune, but they are at less risk than uneducated peers. What can a parent do? Some youth in the P.O.P.! group of King County... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog
Join me at MamaCon this year! Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Diligent Joy Blog