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Bitter/Sweet Boundaries

Boundaries. We set them, our kids challenge them. Whether through begging, whining or negotiating, they try to push us to change our stance. It’s so hard when deep down you feel the boundary you’ve set isn’t “that big a deal” to break. You start to question yourself...

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The 3-Hour-Unplugging-Challenge

Do you feel like your tween is ALWAYS checking instagram and ALWAYS stressing about keeping streaks on snapchat? I dare you to take my 3-Hour-Unplugging-Challenge. Gone are the days where tweens pass each other notes in class or call each other on the phone. What we...

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Friends of Friends

Who is your tween texting with? If you are doing your sporadic monitoring, you may come across an unfamiliar name. If you do, be curious. Ask questions. Tweens feel that “friends of friends” are “safe” to add on Instagram. They couldn’t be further from the truth. I...

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Text Neck

Have your children complained about increased neck and shoulder pain? It could be related to “text neck troubles.” We don't think about how much time we spend looking down at our devices be it texting, watching YouTube or browsing social media. Why would we? We just...

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Pokémon Go App: Safety Considerations

This week I will be focusing on the Pokémon Go App on all my social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Periscope) to raise safety awareness for parents. As goes with ALL Apps you allow your kids to download, DON'T GO INTO IT BLINDLY. Do your research! Be...

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Digital Empathy — I See You

There's no doubt that virtual communication dominates the way we interact. What we’re most drawn to are the speed of sending messages, the ease of connection and the saving of time. I don’t think I’ve seen my 13 year old pick up a landline phone to call a friend since...

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Natalia’s Snapchat Review

"My tween is on snapchat and I don’t get it.” This is a common sentence from today’s parent. Allow me to demystify the app for you from two different perspectives: a tween’s and an adult’s. (This blog is longer than my regular blogs because it’s a review. They’re...

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How to Have a More Balanced Summer

As some of you may know, I’ve created a simple Summer Tech Plan that will relieve parents and children of unnecessary tech tension. When kids have structure and routine, they know what to expect and are less stressed than if every day is a free for all. Before I get...

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The Fate of Our Hyperconnected Tweens

My biggest challenge lately is to stay focused on my core message and keep it simple. The more parents I speak to, the more I realize how much work still needs to be done. My message is clear: Parents need to be more involved, and teach children how to self...

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Depression is Going to Get Us in 2030?

Uh-oh. According to a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, researchers are predicting that by 2030 anxiety and depression could be the leading cause of disability in high-income countries. It's startling, but not surprising. Excessive use...

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Parents: STOP OVERSHARING!

The focus of oversharing on social media has been on teens for quite some time, but it appears the tables have turned —and it’s about time. I’d like to say “It’s no secret how I feel about this” but the truth is, it HAS been a secret that I’ve kept inside for years. I...

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