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Finding Strength In Trials

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2018

Whenever I hear someone talk about trials, I always end up feeling like they're a brief, intense moment in time. I get the impression that they come and go just as quickly as a hurricane or a thunderstorm. The truth, for me, is the trial lasts longer than anyone ever says it does. Many trials in our lives are not over in a quick flash or come on like a thunderstorm. Trials come all the time, getting more intense the more you have to do and carry. I don't normally share these kinds of things, but today I feel like we need to talk about the life long trials and how to survive them.

What Postpartum Looks Like

This is what postpartum looks like. Not every time you tell the world you're pregnant do you get to take home that precious baby. Not every pregnancy allows you to bring home a baby. These are the worst kind. Postpartum is rarely glamorous or fun-baby or not. It's the worst when you can't bring home that bundle of joy and you're left with more questions than answers.

Postpartum...

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Using These 5 Expert Tips Can Protect Your Identity When Shopping Online This Season

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

With one of the busiest shopping seasons coming up, I feel it important to share with you my 5 tips I use to keep my identity safe when shopping online. The most obvious way to keep your identity safe online is to not shop online, but I feel like that’s living in fear and impractical for 90% of the population.

Secure Accounts

Learning how your identity is stolen is the key to protecting it. Most identity theft happens when you enter information into a false sight; usually in response to a gift of some kind. So always check the website you’re visiting. Don’t simply search in Google for the site address; type it in yourself. Many people like you have their identities compromised by visiting a site that isn't legit like you're lead to believe. It's like you visiting a site that's ".org" instead of ".com". Copy and paste the site url before visiting it and entering your information.

Encrypt Purchase Information

The second thing you can do is verify...

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Raising Children Is Like Raising Yourself As An Adult And That Requires Failing A Lot

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2018

As a new mom, I thought I knew it everything there was to know about raising kids. After all, I had spent decades babysitting, teaching and learning how to teach kids. How was my own baby going to be any different? Ha!!! I wish someone would have sat me down and told me raising your children is like raising yourself as an adult. So take everything you don't like about you, everything you've been trying to "fix" for years, and that's what you're going to have issues with when your baby comes along. For me, that's exactly what it has been like raising my kids. I spent many years trying to figure it out and I want to share some lessons I've learned from "doing it wrong" so other moms won't make the same mistakes I have.

Learn To Love Yourself First

One of the greatest things I have learned from "doing it wrong" is that I need to learn to love myself first. When you have your own children, they will each come with their own personalities and some of those personalities will be...

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4 Expert Reasons Why A Charging Station Creates The Best Tech Environment In Your Home

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2018

It's no secret that one of the reasons we don't have a problem with Screen Time in our home is because we have a Charging Station for all of our electronics. Today, I'm sharing my secrets with you on why our charging station is effective and how we use it in our home. Trust me, putting one in your house will be a game changer too.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

I love a charging station that locks because it keeps things, out of sight and out of mind. When you talk to criminals about what makes a target easy to steal, it's always because they can see it and it's convenient. If my kids forget that they have access to it, it really prevents them from wanting it all the time. Even my teenagers like it when they come over because they know they can charge their devices safely, without fearing of my kids stealing them.

Limited Access

One of the earliest security tricks I learned was only allowing access to what you need. In my home, it's not different. I don't want my kids to have access to...

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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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