What causes it, and how to fix it. A few months back, I spent the afternoon at the park with a dear friend and his nine-year-old twin boys. While Brad and I savored a day away from our computers and phones, his boys became more anxious as the afternoon progressed, punctuating our walk with choruses of “I’m bored!” Why did three hours of sunshine without ipads, phones, … [Read more...] about Does Your Child Suffer from Technology-Induced Anxiety?
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When I was a girl, my parents taught me to play tennis, to ski, to ride a bike and drive a car. What they never taught me: how to have a healthy romantic relationship. They gave other feedback freely – validation of my love of reading and black raspberry ice cream, and fair punishment when I stole my best friend’s new ballet shoes. But my parents never once offered a comment … [Read more...] about How to Teach Your Kid to Marry the Right Person
Word on the street is that Generation Z is the most significant generation in modern history. As their parents, of course we know our kids are special. But what makes researchers and marketers also say Gen Z is so unique and important? And how have we, their Gen X parents, helped shape them into such fabulous people? First, a quick primer on the two generations. Gen … [Read more...] about Slackers No More: Gen X Parents Raising Amazing Gen Z Kids
It seems like my kids are always hungry. "Mom, can I have a snack?" is spoken in my house more often than I'd like to admit. I get bored and the kids get bored with the same 'ol same 'ol. So here's a round-up of some snacks that will sure to please and keep things interesting (and are mostly healthier options). For that sweet tooth... I love the idea of protein shakes but … [Read more...] about Ideas For Snack-Time!
We watch a lot of reality talent shows in our house. The X Factor, American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent…our Tivo is filled with people from small towns who have big dreams. Mostly, my daughter has driven the initiative on this front; she loves to sing, and fully believes that she will be the next American Idol…as soon as she’s old enough to audition (and assuming … [Read more...] about Reality Bites – When Your Kid Isn’t As Talented As She Thought