I recently surveyed a group of parents to discover the reasons they avoid discussions about pornography with children. One of the top responses was, “I’m afraid I’ll make my child uncomfortable.” This surprised me at first! But as I reflected on my own parenting, I saw similar behaviors on my part. None of us enjoy putting our kids in uncomfortable situations. … Read More Read more If your child begged to go out to play on a cold, rainy day, what would you be sure they were wearing? How about a warm sweater, woolly socks, a sturdy raincoat, tall rubber boots, and big umbrella?
Those items are protective factors that will keep you child cozy and dry enough to enjoy the stormy day without being miserable or getting sick. The environment our kids are growing up in now is a downpour of blatantly sexual media, technology gone rogue, and predatory behavior!… Read More Read more There were a few times over this past holiday season where I seriously debated about whether or not to post pictures of our family’s adventures. It’s not that they were extravagant or unique, but my thoughts kept returning to the people who would see my pictures and wonder why their own lives couldn’t be *this* happy or *this* fun. We all know that happy pictures capture a moment, but somehow the concept of “moment” doesn’t apply when we gaze into the social media world.… Read More Read more Flowers, hearts, and candy! It’s all for girls, right? Think again! The silent thoughts in the back of a boy’s mind on Valentines Day may not be what you imagine. Boys also long to understand and connect with the romantic feelings that surface as they grow.
It’s a common misunderstanding that boys are only interested in sex, or even mostly interested in sex, as they grow into teenagers.… Read More Read more Technology! It’s changed our lives, hasn’t it? Smartphones, social media, apps and more – they have so many amazing benefits. That’s why practically everyone uses them! At the same time, too much of a good thing can turn into a harmful thing.
Many parents are wondering, “Does technology harm children’s mental health?”
As exciting, innovative technology continues to unfold, an unfortunate trend is also rising: more mental health problems in children.… Read More Read more If you have more than one child, you’ve probably grown accustomed to hearing, “Moooooooom, Adam hit me!” or “Daaaaaaaaaad, Sarah said a bad word!” If you’re like me, you hear the drawn out syllables of your name and immediately groan—will this tattling ever end? But there is one instance where I have learned to always welcome tattling — when one of my daughters warns me about a potential danger her sister may be experiencing online.… Read More Read more