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Maybe Your Teenager Has An Attitude Problem From Incidents Like This

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2018

I was sitting at the park with a new group of moms friends one time. We were chatting as our children played on the nearby playground. A few minutes into our conversation I noticed that one of the moms started talking about things she didn't like about her teenage daughter. Several other moms chimed in and started down this path. What the moms couldn't see, was their daughters, sitting in a group, not talking, and listening to every word their mothers were saying about them. The conversation changed, but I will never forget the attitude those girls had as we left the park that day. Back-talking, disrespect, and hate exuded from those girls and their mothers had no idea why. I learned that day how important it is to speak positively about our kids.

Why I Believe Kids Are "Bad"

I left the park that day truly sad for those girls and their mothers. What if they had died on the way home? What if those bad words were the last words they heard from their mothers? Then the next day, I...

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Explore 6 Our Proven Ways You Can Teach Kids With Phones Without Fighting Them

Uncategorized Nov 28, 2018

Recently I was talking to a mom about how my husband and I taught a class of tweens/teens for almost 2 years without having any real issues with technology. She asked me to share my tips in a post so that other teachers could gain some insight and get ideas on how to apply it in their classrooms. I want to stress that my husband and I are NOT schoolteachers, but our ideas may help in a school classroom setting. Here’s what we did that made us so successful in teaching teens with technology.

Set Realistic Expectations

The first thing my husband and I did was to set some realistic expectations with the kids. We obviously weren’t their parents so setting rules that required them to “lose” their phones weren’t exactly practical. We also didn’t want the kids to dread going to our class like we did when we were their ages. So instead of focusing on what we didn’t want them to do, we made our rules all about what we wanted them to feel and the...

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Do Kids Need Tech To Be Happy?

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2018

A few months back, I participated in Build-A-Bear’s Pay Your Age Day. We stood outside in a line in 120 degree heat for well over 9 hours to pay $10 for 3 bears. I ended up with a nasty sunburn and mild heat exhaustion and dehydration, but my kids were happy campers. Such an event required some rest for all of us. I took a couple days to relax and rest and enjoy some snuggle time with my kids. I wish to share an experience I had with my kids with you and what I learned.

What We Did

I let them watch 3 hours of TV with me something I never do. We snuggled and watch Kipper the Dog, Inside Out, & My Little Pony Friends  while I talked with them on what was going on. We ordered Angelina’s Pizzeria for dinner and had it delivered with my favorite app Uber Eats. A friend stopped by and dropped something off. I took the time to briefly let my kids play outside. We played with train tracks on the floor, read books, and napped in between movie sessions. To me, it was a...

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A Media Mentor Parent Is The Secret Answer To Success In Raising Digital Kids

Raising kids in this modern age where technology is at the center can be so overwhelming. There is so much to do, so much to know and it all keeps changing at a rapid pace. I know, for a lot of parents, we have confusion, lack direction and feel like we're doing it all wrong. The truth is, though, that raising kids with technology doesn't have to be hard. It is actually far more simple than the world makes it out to be. What is it that makes raising kids with technology truly easy? Honestly it's being the role model you want your kids to follow. With technology this is being a Media Mentor.

What Is A Media Mentor?

Mentors are people who lead, guide and direct us not just with their words, but their actions too. They show us how to run faster, how to meal plan, what financial plans to learn and inspire us with their words and deeds. This is what a parent really is. A parent's job is to model good, adult behaviors for their children and teach them how to do it. A media mentor teaches...

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5 Tech Expert Tips To Be Successful Raising Kids In Today's Digital Online World

Raising kids with technology is a hard thing for parents. Sometimes I feel like the world is telling us “There’s no real “good” way to parent with Technology." Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like what you’re doing isn’t going to work? I know that feeling. I see it with myself and other moms all the time. It was the reason I ended up becoming an Information Security Consultant and it’s the reason I pursue all of my certifications and “higher” continuing education units. I want to know it all. Despite all of the schooling I’ve done, until this year I really didn’t feel like I was raising my kids with technology right. I want to share with you what I learned that has given me a full shift and made myself truly feel like I’m doing it right raising my kids with technology.

Define A Purpose

The biggest thing I have implemented is defining a purpose for all things in my home. It seems a little overkill,...

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Kids View Phone Contracts to Be ineffective When Giving Them Digital Devices

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself "Why are kids doing such bad things today?" I'll bet you have. Do you know the reason to that qu

 

Some of the main of questions I get asked by my clients and followers online are: Do you have a phone contract that works? How do you create successful phone contracts that kids actually stick to? Do you have a copy of that phone contract I can have? The simple answer is I created something better than a simple phone contract for kids. It’s 100% effective, simple to implement and has some amazing consequences built in.

Why Don’t I Use Phone Contracts?

I’m going to be 100% honest with you: the world’s phone contracts that I have seen are the worst invention ever. Why do I say this? In my years of experience, never have I had a parent come to me and say, “Thank goodness I had this phone contract!! It saved my child from doing something bad on his phone!!”

Think about what a contract actually is....

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4 Ways You Can Choose To Rethink Trusting Your Child Again

As a parent, I know that one of the hardest things to do is trust your child. I also know that it's even harder to keep trusting your child after they have made a mistake. Many of the moms I work with have a hard time trusting their children again after mistakes are made; especially when they're repeated. So today I want to share with you some tips on how to keep trusting your child after they've messed up.

1. Forgive Both Of You

First and foremost: forgive yourself. I know how hard you are on yourself, but understand that forgiving yourself is just as important as forgiving your child. Forgive yourself for letting it happen. Forgive yourself for being human. Use your mistake as an opportunity to grow as a mother and as a person. No one is perfect, but it's important to gain peace and perspective from forgiveness.

Second: forgive your child. Do not ever assume that because it is over that your child knows they have been forgiven. Say it out loud to them. If you can't find the...

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The Secret Ways We Can Block Pornography From A Child’s Eyes Today

Today, I'm speaking about a topic that's both heavy and important. It's something I hear lots of parents talking about and looking for answers to, but not really knowing what they should do. So I'm going to share with you my secrets about filtering out pornography in your home. I know there are some really great websites out there like Educate & Empower Kids, Protect Young Eyes, and Fight the New Drug that share amazing information on porn and website filters that keep it out, but these sites don't have my perspective or experience. I made my career in helping parents filter out porn and dealing with the after affects of it. My goal is for every parent to know these secrets I have learned and refined over the years.

Where Porn Lives

The first thing I tell any parent that comes to me with any pornography concerns is how kids view it and why it gets in. The reason for this is because if we don't know where it's at, we can't block it out. For kids, pornography is...

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Secret Ways Kids Find The Internet On A Device Even When It's Blocked

This picture here is an actual message a mother sent me. She asks, "I'm been looking to getting my daughter a Gizmo watch or something similar. It occurred to me that I might be able to use an old smart phone instead of buying a new device. Is there a way to completely disable (or severely limit) the access to the internet?" I get lots of messages each day from parents asking almost the exact same thing. Today, I decided parents need to know the real, honest truth about if you can really block internet access on a smart phone. 

What is the design of a smart phone?

The first thing every parent needs to understand is this: smart phones were designed to always be connected or have the ability to connect to the internet. Why? It saves Cellular Data and it's what we asked for the phone to do. Think about why you bought the smart phone in the first place. Wasn't it because of all the things you could do on it? A smart phone is no different...

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Knowing Everything About Technology Isn't Essential To Relate Or Protect Your Kids

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2018

Today, I had one of those rare moments in my career where I was reminded how much I still don’t know. I have been studying Security practices for 8 years and still don’t know everything. I still forget things that I should know and skills I don’t use every single day. Then I looked at my home and saw the mess that my kids made over the past couple days of being sick. I was immediately overwhelmed with all of the areas I was failing in. My career as a wife, homemaker, ISC, teacher, etc.

Work On Progressing

In that dark moment, I realized I couldn’t do it all. I have been trying for years to do it all by myself; but the truth is I can’t. I need help to accomplish the tasks I desire to accomplish. Then I had a revelation that I feel every mother and father needs to know:

Your success in motherhood isn’t determined by what your kids do but what they learn from you.

I’m going to say it again: Your success in motherhood isn’t determined by...

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