Be involved in your children’s cyber use. It doesn’t have to be daily. Do random “spot” checks on their devices. Our checks normally don’t reveal much other than we let them spend too much time on devices (hangs head in shame). However, if your kids know you have the capability of checking in on a moment’s […]
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Listen; I’m not saying we play pretend and cover up and try to project a façade of some perfect life. I’m just saying: Remember as you post and share that this bathtub beauty will one day be a tweenager who will have opinions about how many people saw her in her birthday suit, even if the […]
Use creative consequences. If you need to, take your kids out of school and homeschool them for a bit, have them pick up dog poop for a week, make them walk home from school, or sign them up to serve others in some capacity. When you do something special with your kids, try to buy […]
My kiddo was very upset when he learned he needed braces. Being so young, most kids his age didn’t have them. We were upfront beforehand about what having braces meant — like not eating some of his favorite foods for awhile. But I wish I’d known the emotional toll this news might take, as I […]
We give to others to the point that we have little to offer our partner, let alone ourselves. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to pass the clipboard. It’s healthier for you as a person and as a mom to dial back occasionally to be present to all that is going on in the […]
Public school might be the first time your kiddo experiences a cross section of society and has to navigate getting along with people who live a completely different life than he does. This little window of time can change absolutely everything.
From leadership to laws, from processes to substance, I want them to be engaged in some way. So we’ll keep talking a lot about stuff on the news, things they read on the Internet, and what they hear their friends saying.