2016 Election – What Do I Tell the Kids?

Election 2016Many people will be blogging about this, and they will come from many different perspectives. Everything from bullying, to racism, to sexism will be pulled out, examined ad infinitum, and tossed back into the whirling chum that is our media coverage. People will display an array of emotions, and some people who would have hesitated to air negative and acrimonious feelings and opinions in the past may feel this is the time to let it all out.

Just for a moment, take a breath with me and think about the children.  Continue reading

Blasting Brattiness

angry childManagement Parallel: Setting realistic expectations and using professional, respectful language in the workplace.

I have been writing this blog for a long time, and over the years I have avoided the word “brat,” when referring to children.

I didn’t have a specific reason for that avoidance, other than the queasy feeling I get in my gut when unilaterally grouping a large number of misbehaving children under one label. Continue reading

Forgive and Forget?

Forgive and ForgetMy dear and talented friend, Pam Benson-Owens, wrote a post on Facebook today about authentic “okayness,” (Yes, she acknowledged that wasn’t a real word.) that had strong nuggets of wisdom in it and a useful list of things that are not okay.

The one that caught my attention, as is often the case when I know it applies to me, was this:

“Tell someone you’ve forgiven them but remind them that you won’t forget. (If that is the case, just go on and keep your forgiveness.)”

How many times have you done this?  I know I am guilty of it. Continue reading

Social Media Boundaries for Parents

Smartphone and the world

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Andrew Watts’ recent article; “A Teenager’s View on Social Media” was on point, and although he is clear that these are only his opinions, much of what he says rings true to me as I watch my daughters navigate through social media.

He points out that social media has become segregated, even though he doesn’t express it with that term. Continue reading