This book has allowed me to have more honest and open communication with my kids about their online worlds. It has been so helpful to see the issues that my kids are struggling with, as well as areas where they can be a source of help and strength to others.
Posts in the "Teaching Values/Character" category:
For the past few years I’ve been worrying about how I can help my children find a healthy life balance in a tech-obsessed world. I realized that worrying wasn’t helping anything at all. I decided to change my limiting belief about my kids and tech and take a proactive approach to screen time instead.
In the case of family meals, I strongly feel that every capable member should contribute. If you are anything like me, you have a million reasons why this is impossible. But believe me, it is doable. And it will change. Your. LIFE.
Setting aside time to think big is hard. It’s easier to let strategy get swallowed up by logistics and tell yourselves you’ll figure it out later. But by taking time to think about the big picture, we can make sure all the little things are adding up to something meaningful.
Prepare your children for the tricks of potential abusers and abductors with these three strategies: teach, ask questions, and practice.
We have a zero-tolerance policy in my house when it comes to kindness to each other. But have I taught my kids that the same rules apply on the playground, in a friend’s home, at school, and even in the forever-long checkout line?
My son started repeating specific lines from the books we had read about why it was so good to be a big brother. The repetition of reading the books had taught him how to navigate this situation. I realized then the power of a book to teach.
Children are meant to be who they are. I think this is the most important concept that we as parents can let sink in. We are not meant to control another person. We are not doing a job with the title “behavior management consultant.”
Highly sensitive children are deep thinkers, empathetic, and creative. They are also very emotional, easily overstimulated, and can require much more patience to parent. If we can help them manage the challenging sides of their gift, they will grow up to use their intelligence, creativity, and empathy in positive ways.
I remember my childhood summers were often a combination of lots of TV watching and swimming. Sound familiar? I want something more for my family. My solution: a few activities throughout the summer that stimulate their brains in fun, engaging ways. The first activity last summer was a family-wide read-a-thon.
My first “porn talk” with my kids was far from perfect. But ultimately I conveyed a more important message: I love you more than anything, and I am willing to talk about tough topics—and even embarrass myself—in order to educate and prepare you.
Somehow, when I wasn’t looking, he’d developed into a kind young man of character and great focus, and I’d missed it. Sure, I’d caught glimpses along the way, but I could’ve enjoyed so much more if I weren’t blinded by my idea of who he should be.