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How to Safely Monitor Your Child’s First Smartphone
Should I track my child’s phone without them knowing? You’re not the first one to wrestle with that question. But before you venture down a path of deception, know there’s a safer, smarter option. It’s called Smartphone Monitoring. Phones Are Like Cars When you got your first driver’s license, did your parents immediately hand over the ke [...]
How To Talk About LGBTQ With Your Kids [+ Free Resources]
Lately, our family has been dealing with a lot of questions about transgender issues and LGBTQ awareness. I write for a local LGBT + Ally magazine. My kiddos find LGBTQ and identity conversations to be healthy, but it didn’t happen by accident. My partner and I have made it a point to discuss LGBTQ issues with our children. We want them to have the facts they [...]
5 Things That Will Make You See Your Kid’s Education Totally Differently
Teachers see things differently. I’m a teacher. The kind that's in charge of your kid's education. And I get a lot of emails from parents that start with "Johnny says you’re not telling him what to do." ...sigh When I get these emails, I step back, breathe, and conjure up some euphemistic way responding without telling the parent to just let me do my job. See, [...]
I Became A Supermom, And Now I Hate My Life
I became a supermom, and now I hate my life. I’m just gonna say it. Every supermom who pretends to have her sh!t together is a fake. They’re sitting so high on the pedestal of disillusionment they can’t see the sticky toast their kids mashed into the carpet this morning. Don’t get me wrong – I take my hat off to them. So many supermoms are living the “fake it [...]
How to Revive and Rework Rejected Guest Posts
Rejected guest posts make you feel like giving up. Honestly, rejected guest posts make me want to give up and get a 9-to-5 job. Is there a more depressing feeling in the writing world? I can’t think of one. But even great guest posts sometimes get rejected. What you wrote might be great, but it doesn't matter if it's not right for the site you [...]
7 Things You Need To Know But Don’t Want To Ask About Fostering
What’s it really like to foster children? Fostering children comes with a lot of preconceptions that are incorrect. Often used as a storyline in TV shows and movies to make sense of a character’s behavior, foster kids have gotten a bad rap. All over the world, foster carers are desperately needed to fill the gap in an overstretched system. If you have questions about [...]
Dear Parent, This Teacher Has 8 Secrets to Share With You
Yes, your child is special. To you. You see the sun rise and set in their eyes. They are the love of your life. Their talents endless and their mistakes dismissible. Odds are that in reality, they are probably pretty average. Most people are. Everyone has their strengths to be sure, and likewise everyone has a weakness or two. If your child is coming home with grades [...]
8 Ways to Raise Kids Who Can Cope (even if you can’t)
You want them to be happy.Don’t you?Oh, and culturally, socially and academically successful, too. (Of course.)You want them to be perfect pillars of well-roundedness.That’s just the parenting age in which we live!And we’re a great generation of parents, in so many ways. We fill our children with joy. We work to shield them from harm, disappointment, sadness, failure, and [...]
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