Things to Do Before Going Online: for Adults!

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You will see them in April or May. Well-intentioned moms begin sharing articles on Facebook about ways for kids to minimize electronics’ use in the summer. It’s a real issue: Our kids’ long days of summer often include many hours online. We need a plan to keep them occupied in other, meaningful ways. It’s a lot harder to get up and to actually do something, like getting a pencil and paper and clearing a space and sitting down to draw or write. It’s much easier to zone out on the iPad. These are informative and interesting articles, usually checklists. You’re sure to … Read more

What Do You Think About Paying Kids for Good Report Cards?

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Hmm…. This question about whether or not paying kids for good report cards is a good idea is a tricky one. For some kids, this might be a big motivation. For others, it’s not necessary. It’s sort of like chores. There are just some things that kids are supposed to do. Do you pay for good grades? Once kids get to a certain age, starting around 8 or 9 years old, depending on the child, there are just some givens. Typically, this would include: Learning to choose healthy food and drinks Showering, brushing teeth, other grooming Doing their best in school … Read more

6 Ways to Monitor Child’s Social Media Accounts

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Modern parenting is rife with issues and challenges that didn’t exist a mere 10 years ago. Right on top of that long list is social media use. The question is no longer “Should I let my child have their own social media accounts?” For better or worse, that is a battle already lost. Still, there are ways to monitor your child’s social media accounts. Gone are the days when teens got their first cell phones or laptops as birthday or graduation gifts. Right now, gadgets — and with it, social media use — are very much a part of childhood. … Read more

Get that video game console out of your kid’s bedroom

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You want your kids to play electronics less often? Don’t put video game consoles in their bedrooms. And while you’re at it, remove the TV from their bedrooms too. They won’t like it but everyone will be better for it. As kids get older, they are becoming more independent. They are spending more time online and rarely play with toys. This is more the reason for you to keep the video game console in the living room or other common area. Kids need parents less When kids become tweens and teens, parents don’t hear about their days like we used … Read more

7 Best Ways to Keep Kids Off Electronics Over the Summer

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Here we go again. Summer break is coming. Moms are getting worried. Very, very worried. We want our kids to have a healthy balance between electronics and other activities. We’d love to have some easy house rules that are easy to enforce and easy to follow. Moms don’t want to nag. We don’t want to be the time keeper. We really don’t want to deal with a big checklist of Things For Kids To Do Before They Can Do Electronics. How can we limit electronics use during the summer? Keep kids off electronics over the summer Engrossed in video games … Read more