When it pays to be extra cautious

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When it pays to be extra cautious

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When I was eight years old, I was molested. And I really felt that I'd dealt with it, and then I became a mom, and then my son turned eight years old. And much to my surprise, it was all back, the vulnerability of being an eight year old, and it's made me, as a mother - I'm not a helicopter mother. I'm not up in it; they have to fight their own battles and there are consequences for actions and all of that I don't get involved with, but in terms of protecting them, I am fierce about that and vigilant about that, and I don't leave my children with people I don't know inside and out, including family members. I've just been in too many support groups with people who talk about, "Well, it was Thanksgiving, and I was in the bedroom with my cousin," and then your life is changed forever. And I don't ever want that moment for my sons. I don't ever want a moment where I did not protect them from someone who changed their life negatively, so in that respect, I am very fierce about who is alone with my children.

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Dani Klein Modisett

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Dani Klein Modisett is the creator/producer/director of the shows “Afterbirth…stories you won’t read in Parents magazine,” and Not What I Signed Up For. These are live storytelling shows where acclaimed actors and writers perform original, funny stories about how marriage and parenting challenges them in unexpected ways. The NY Post raved about Afterbirth… calling it,"the Vagina Monologues for the stroller set.” After playing to sold out audiences for five years in Los Angeles and NYC and also making stops in Boston and San Francisco, an anthology of stories from Afterbirth was published as a book by St. Martin’s Press. Dani is a contributor to Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. Before having children, Dani worked as a comic, performing across the country and participating in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival with a solo show she wrote called “The Move.” She also taught Stand-up comedy at UCLA and now teaches a workshop at I O West called “Writing For Performance.” Afterbirth is in production as a web series for the launch of Disney’s website for Mom’s, “Not What I Signed Up For” is being developed as a pilot for television with Jerry Weintraub’s company. Dani is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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