Weekly Rants

Grounded for a Selfie

I’ve worked diligently to teach the children about Internet safety and digital footprints. We have a mantra; “Google never forgets.” I repeat this often. I monitor all social media accounts and have friends check the kids’ accounts too. I’d like to think my children are aware of the dangers of over sharing and keeping parts […]

Weekly Rants

Why Your Kid Shouldn’t Be on Instagram

I know, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Kids don’t belong on social media, but your kid is using it responsibly. And you’re supervising everything. So that makes it okay, right? Wrong. It’s not about what they may see or say online. It’s not even about the cyberbullying that is so rampant. The fact […]

Weekly Rants

Why My 10-Year-Old Girl Wrestles With Teenage Boys

A few weeks ago, the tween came to me and asked if she could join the wrestling team. They were having callouts with preseason conditioning, and she happens to be between sports. While my gut instinct was “Wrestling? No,” I couldn’t really think of a compelling reason why not. Volleyball and softball had just ended; […]

Weekly Rants

Bullying, Silence, and a Culture of Protection

Last night, the teen brought to my attention a horrible social media account designed for bullying. It was an Instagram page titled [School Name] Sluts which featured edited pics of students with rude messages, rumors, and a price tag. It was just awful. So I did what I do. I reported it for bullying, then […]

Weekly Rants

Sportsball Season: It’s a Thing

Once upon a time, we had only one child. When she was about 4, she began to take an interest in sports and activities. She tried kickboxing, baseball, soccer, and ballet — but only one at a time. We were careful to limit her activities so the family did not get too overwhelmed. Then school […]

Reviews & Giveaways

Kids, Pets, and Epic Messes: Welcome to Summer (Plus a Giveaway!)

Now that the kids are out of school, any semblance of order and cleanliness is completely gone. I’m excited to have them home for family fun, bonding with our upcoming adoption placement, and months of carpool and lunch-packing avoidance. The completely out-of-control house and sheer volume of messes they make? Not so exciting. We’re just […]

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