Recently, I watched Comedian Louis C.K. discussing children today and the effects of technology. You would think that with the advancement of technology, society would be evolving into a better place, but instead, too much technology has become a crutch and is hurting more than helping our children. Technology is castrating our children's humanity.Continue Reading >
Jordan Morlan loved playing pranks on his family, especially during Halloween. But his latest joke ended in tragedy Sunday, and I don't see how his mother will manage to get the gruesome image of her dead son out of her head. Apparently, Jordan's intentions were to frighten his younger sister using a noose they had just put up as part of their Halloween decorations. Although he achieved his goal, it was for all the wrong reasons…Continue Reading >
Now that the first few weeks of school have flown by and your family has likely settled into a manageable routine, you're probably starting to receive memos about the various clubs, sports, etc., that your children can be a part of throughout the school year. It's important to encourage even elementary- and middle-schoolers to get involved outside the classroom, especially since extracurricular activities have become such an important part of the college admissions and scholarship process, but making the right choices can be overwhelming for your and your child. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when helping your child choose after-school activities:Continue Reading >
Your kids probably have apps for movies, games and music on their phones and tablets, but a more helpful use of that coveted memory card space might be a few homework apps that will make keeping track of assignments, grades, and exams a whole lot easier. There are even fantastic apps that will help your children ace their homework and save you some money! Check out six of our favorites:Continue Reading >
For Latinas like me, staying connected to my extended and growing family is vital. Thanks to technology, I feel more connected than ever to my familia, who lives abroad. Also thanks to apps that allow me to track the digital lives of my kids, nieces and nephews I'm able to get more information on what they're up to and what they're saying than from live conversations! Here are the apps that have changed my life:
The bullying conversation is one that every parent needs to have with their child. While some people still hold the belief that bullying is simply a part of childhood that every kid has to navigate, it can be very dangerous. With the Internet and social media, it is extremely difficult for children to escape bullies, even when they are supposedly safe at home. As parents, we need to be both proactive and reactive in order to protect our kids. Read these six tips for avoiding and addressing bullies:Continue Reading >
A young girl from Lakeland, Florida committed suicide by jumping from a tower, leaving hundreds of family members and friends in mourning. Despite getting help from her mother as well as a counselor--which included transferring schools--Rebecca Ann Sedwick continued to be mercilessly bullied and ultimately gave up the fight. "She appeared to be beat down. She appeared to have a defeatist attitude," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
That's not even the worst part: What drove poor Rebecca to her death will shock you.Continue Reading >
A Utah dad of seven was so tired of his daughter wearing Daisy Dukes that he decided to give her a taste of her own medicine. I think I would've died if my dad had done something like this to me when I was teenager! But Scott Mackintosh loves his daughter Mylye so much that he was willing to embarrass himself to show her why she doesn't need to wear clothes that leave nothing to the imagination.Continue Reading >
Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, back-to-school is an important time to teach your child about staying safe while they are away from you. Everything from traffic to playgrounds and stranger danger, becomes an issue during school days, but you don't have to be paranoid. Instead, just be prepared--and make sure your kiddos are too! Here are seven tips to make sure they're protected before, during and after school:Continue Reading >
When Daniel Biljanoski was 12 years old, his parents were told he had less than a year to live. A cancerous tumor that covered a quarter of his brain had just been removed and, according to his doctors, survival was uncommon. Can you imagine hearing that about your child? Well, that was more than five years ago, and while many find it hard to believe, the now 17-year-old Daniel is cancer free, graduated high school with honors this summer, plays tennis and is about to start college where he plans to study medicine.
How did he do it?Continue Reading >