“What age do you think it’s appropriate for my kids’ to have their own smartphone?” It’s a question I get almost daily from the thousands of parents I talk with throughout this country. I’ll be honest – I hate answering this question. First and foremost, I know that most kids are getting their VERY OWN […]
How many times have you gone to a kid’s birthday party, and gotten a mass email as a thank you? It seems like this is norm lately, and I have to admit, it bugs me. If I bought your child a present, wrapped it threw it into a five dollar gift bag with tissue paper, […]
Get this: U.S. teenagers now spend a whopping NINE HOURS A DAY using media. That’s more time than most spend sleeping, learning, or hanging out with us. The nine hours includes watching TV, videos and movies, playing video games, listening to music, and checking social media. New research shows that some 13 year olds check […]
Technology has transformed our world so thoroughly that our kids cannot imagine life without gadgets. They expect to have access to these devices 24/7, but their expectations aren’t always realistic.
When I started to write this article I thought about safety; all of the important things you need to know about how to keep your children safe in this digital age; how to protect from negativity, etc, etc. Then I thought, NO! We need to think about how we as parents engage with our kids […]
School is well underway and school pictures are just around the corner. The good, bad, ugly and awkward. In the digital age of parenthood, are you still buying them? Today’s school photographers offer retouching and retaking options as an attempt to retain your business. But even those extras come under fire. In the age of […]
The Problem: Sitting on my friend’s porch this past Labor Day weekend, I was thrilled my kids (ages 3.5 and 5) were playing outside soaking it up with a group of new kids. Since mine were the youngest of the bunch, I kept a safe distance until I saw a commotion. When I walked over […]
I read an article recently about the rise of moms made famous by Instagram. These women have tens or hundreds of thousands of followers in the photo-sharing platform and depict an aesthetically pleasing side of their personal motherhood that Instagram users flock to. (And in some cases, they’re making a great living off of those […]
Now that my oldest has almost completed kindergarten (sniffsniff, they grow up so fast!), I’m worried that he will forget everything he has learned. My lofty goal for the summer is to keep him learning throughout it.
If you haven’t read Andrew Watts’ article, A Teenager’s View on Social Media Written by an Actual Teen, you should. As a parent, I found it helpful to read a teen’s take on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, and how teens – or at least older teens – use them for different purposes. (The best part […]