Category: Parenting

Rediscovering joy along Route 66 on National Iced Tea Day

Rediscovering joy along Route 66 on National Iced Tea Day
Hi, friends! Have you missed me? I’ve been writing primarily at BetweenUsParents.com this year but I wanted to pop in here to encourage you to follow over there and most importantly, wish you all a very happy summer. School has been out here for a few weeks and I know a lot of people around the... Read more »

The social media post by my teen daughter that surprised me, in the best of ways

The social media post by my teen daughter that surprised me, in the best of ways
I follow my teen daughter’s social media accounts and I often surprised by the insights into her world that I gain from some of her posts. I know there’s much I don’t see when driving her to dance or over the dinner table, and that she, like all teens, has a vast inner life that she... Read more »

Ways social media is like fire, both good and bad, and how that metaphor helps us navigate the digital world

Ways social media is like fire, both good and bad, and how that metaphor helps us navigate the digital world
In Brene Brown’s latest book, Braving the Wilderness, she discusses social media and I keep coming back to her description of it and the metaphor she uses, which is a great one for framing conversations with our kids. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the way we engage with social media is like fire—you can use... Read more »
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5 great pieces about teens worth reading this week

5 great pieces about teens worth reading this week
Parenting teens is a bit easier with solid info and a dose of perspective Here are a few favorite pieces about teens worth reading this week that provide both. I really enjoyed them and/or found them helpful, and I think you may, too. Before you try to bribe your kid to do something, read this:... Read more »

What parents need to know this Computer Science Education Week: A Q&A with Mark Engelberg

What parents need to know this Computer Science Education Week: A Q&A with Mark Engelberg
Happy Computer Science Education Week! It is typically held in early December to correlate with the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper on December 9th and features the very popular Hour of Code. As a parent, I know that computer science is important now, and it will be even more so in the future. As... Read more »

The new St. Nicholas Day tradition of giving that I'm starting with my teen

The new St. Nicholas Day tradition of giving that I'm starting with my teen
December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. (On the Julian calendar, it is December 19th.) The Dutch tradition of filling children’s shoes with treats that they discover in the morning of St. Nicholas Day is observed by families around the world. St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who cared and provided for the poor and sick in... Read more »
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5 things parents can do to promote their teens' mental well-being

5 things parents can do to promote their teens' mental well-being
This morning, I entered a sunny room jam packed with parents, educators, and community members. They all looked rather serious, which was unsurprising, given that the topic was a community conversation about suicide. We were all there because we worry about the increasing rates of suicide among adolescents. The school district brought in Dr. Jonathan... Read more »

Jane Goodall on the very best kind of mother

Jane Goodall on the very best kind of mother
Last week, I heard an interview with Jane Goodall on Science Friday on NPR. (I know, you’re shocked I wasn’t rocking out during my commute to kick off a wild weekend, but allow me to proudly flash my geek credentials. If you missed it, you can listen to the full episode here.) I was struck... Read more »

Tips for parents on discussing sexual harassment with teens & tweens

Tips for parents on discussing sexual harassment with teens & tweens
The news about Harvey Weinstein and the “#MeToo” campaign on social media have generated much conversation about the topic of sexual harassment. In both instances, many victims say that they were first harassed as children, and that is in keeping with the findings reported by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Their data shows that every two... Read more »
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Helpful, free resources for teaching kids about media literacy

Helpful, free resources for teaching kids about media literacy
Media literacy is becoming an increasingly important skill to have in the 21st century.  Our kids spend a large amount of time consuming media and there is a vast amount of information available to them. It’s imperative that they have the basic skills to evaluate what they are reading, seeing, and hearing and think critically about... Read more »