Kids’ perspectives on Facebook and Instagram

I got to have breakfast with my kids and 3 of my nieces early Black Friday morning, as we prepared to join the frenzy.  Since they knew they were going shopping, they were in extra good moods- which meant minimal attitude and a high parental tolerance level.  I seized the opportunity to pick their brains. ...

Thankful on Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving.  It's actually my favorite holiday.  The family comes together from various cities and states several hours away, my brother smokes a turkey that makes the entire neighborhood's mouth water, and my mom spends hours trying to corral different sets up people to pose together for pictures only to cut off their heads. One of ...

Ever wanted to dabble in something new?

OK, this is definitely my favorite find for the week.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend Startup Connection 2014 in St. Louis.  What an awesome event!  We have so much innovation in St. Louis that I felt like I was in Silicon Valley vs. Silicon Prairie! In any case, the forum yesterday offered 70 new ...

Distracted driving is a deadly weapon.

Since my oldest daughter is turning 16 in less than 2 weeks, I can't stop thinking about one of my biggest fears for her:  distracted driving.  She is the oldest child, a great student, strong athlete, friendly and the ultimate rule follower.  Thank goodness.  We've talked literally dozens of times about the dangers of texting and ...

When was the last time you talked to your kids about oversharing?

Social media usage has becoming a normal part of many of our daily lives.  In many cases, it's become a sort of "virtual companion."  The one that we think of first when anything of significance (or otherwise) in our lives happens- and then we post.  This is especially true for our older kids who have ...

Who doesn’t love a deal?? ‘Tis the season to shop.

At the risk of sounding old and cliche, I feel like the holidays come faster each year.  Seriously.  We are 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving, and I'm still in summer mode.  And Christmas?  Good Lord. So not ready yet.  I realized this past weekend just how close we are to that magical day December 25 when ...

Family dinner night- and I’m eating my words.

Yes, I did eat my words.  For dinner tonight.  Because for months- or maybe even a few years- I have harped and whined about how hard it is to get everyone together for dinner.  Every night, it seems there are practices, meetings, someone not home for some reason.  Tonight was our chance.  No evening events, dinner ...

Do you speak Teenglish?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

As if communicating with our kids isn't hard enough, the age of text and chat has inspired a brand new language, or code, I like to call Teenglish.   Spoken by most teenagers and a growing number of "tweenagers", the good news is that electronic parents can learn how to leverage sprinkling some Teenglish into their ...