Kids, media and technology. Is it even possible to manage screen time?

This may seem crazy, but kids today spend about 60 hours of screen time a week.  I believe it, because I know how much I’m on. So how do you, as a parent, figure out how to best monitor your child’s screen time without it ending up in a huge battle?

Relief is on the way. Here is an amazing resource to help you navigate, create balance, and find out what’s age-appropriate for your family. The great thing about this resource is that they stay right on top of things. And you know how frustrating that can be with how fast the technology seems to morph right before your very eyes.

Common Sense Media!

They can help you with all media:  apps, games, websites, movies, DVD’s, music, television, books, you name it.  They “rate, educate and advocate for kids, families and schools.”  Along with their ratings, there are reviews.

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Parenting: Using beliefs to strengthen your relationship

I know you’re aware that we all — including out kids — think differently.  Sometimes I’ve wanted my family members to understand me completely.  To be on the exact same page.  To share the exact same beliefs about everything that I do.

But, really, we’re all not clones of our parents, nor do we want to be.  And we surely don’t want our kids to be an exact duplicate of us.

A really wonderful way to strengthen your relationship with your partner, and with your kids, is to ask each other,

“What do you believe about this?”

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Parenting tips for back to school

Wow, the summer is over, the kids are back in school, and everyone in your home is adjusting back into that familiar daily schedule.

From your child’s perspective, it can be a roller coaster of emotions from the highs of getting back with friends, to the lows – and stress — of not so great grades.

You remember how tough it could be being a kid in school.

So now, as a parent, what can you do help your kid achieve success and feel good?

Encourage these three important skills.

reading, listening and expressing

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Parenting: Teaching decision-making

Ever been faced with a decision, and kept on second-guessing yourself?

God forbid you’d make the wrong one. The outcome might be devastating, right?

You can go back and forth endlessly.

On the other hand, if you see yourself as a confident and quick decision-maker, that’s awesome.

As a parent, you might know exactly what the secret is to teaching this important skill.

Or maybe not.

You must offer opportunities — learning opportunities — for your child to make decisions, and be OK with him getting not-so-desirable results.

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Let Freedom Ring !

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Hopefully your family is planning some type ofFireworks - 3
celebration – a picnic or backyard barbeque, and
of course watching the local fireworks display.
I always love how the crowd holds its collective breath, just for a second, before erupting into cheers and applause at the end of the finale.

 “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
George Washington

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