Topic: social media

Social Media Makes Me Feel Like An Utter Failure

Social Media Makes Me Feel Like An Utter Failure

We have all been there. It is 10 AM and a very slow morning. The kids have a snow day and you are wondering  just what to do with them. You are seriously dragging as you were up a little too late watching the Housewives argue on Bravo. In spite of the exhaustion, kids are dressed. They are fed (somewhat).  And you are proud. You still manage to hold on to your title of Supermom. That is, until you see that pic. The one that ruins your day. A  Facebook friend just posted a photo of a gorgeous display table in the theme of Frozen. There are snowmen and princess cupcakes and colorful cake pops. Everything looks beautiful and perfect, with little coordinating handmade tags. You try not to panic. More »

Here’s How You Protect Your Kid From ‘Mean Girls’ E-mailing Them – Don’t Give Them An E-mail Account

Here's How You Protect Your Kid From 'Mean Girls' E-mailing Them - Don't Give Them An E-mail Account

You can say that they need E-mail to keep in contact with long distance relatives. No, they don’t. Grandma can get off her butt and mail your child an actual letter or postcard using an actual pen and paper. Kids love getting mail, and pretty much every kid needs some time practicing their penmanship which they can do by sitting at your kitchen table and crafting out a reply. Even little kids can scribble a picture using crayons. If grandma refuses to send an actual letter, she can e-mail your kid an electronic missive to your account. Problem solved.
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These Doctors Will Teach You How To Deal With Your Teen And The Dreaded Sex Talk

These Doctors Will Teach You How To Deal With Your Teen And The Dreaded Sex Talk

There is a new book out for parents that in my opinion is an absolute ‘Must Read’ entitled Got Teens: The Doctor Moms’ Guide To Sexuality, Social Media And Other Adolescent Realities. I like to think I’m some sort of parenting expert, but even I don’t have all the answers (shocking, I know) – what I loved most about this book is that it is incredibly realistic and doesn’t talk down to parents or our teens, it offers advice in practical, sensible, totally realistic ways when you are trying to help your teen navigate through all the icky realities of the world, social media, rape culture, slut shaming and making their own ways towards adulthood. The authors sat down with me to answer some of my most pressing questions. More »

It’s Cool You Don’t Want Kids But Don’t Hate Me For Loving Mine

It's Cool You Don't Want Kids But Don't Hate Me For Loving Mine

I love the childfree by choice. I admire anyone who has strong convictions about what they want out of life and if that doesn’t include kids, I respect and appreciate that personal decision. But something I have noticed lately is that some people who adamantly don’t want kids also really don’t want those of us who want kids, or who have kids, to talk about how much we love being parents. More »

STFU Parents: How The Olympics Have Inspired Parents On Facebook

STFU Parents: How The Olympics Have Inspired Parents On Facebook

With the 2014 Winter Olympics soon drawing to a close, I felt a surge of inspiration to compile the incredibly boring ways that moms talk about the Games on social media whenever the multi-sport events are held (which is seemingly every year now — score!). It was nearly two short years ago that I wrote a similar recap of responses to the 2012 Summer Olympics, and now here we are again, cheering for our country’s team and re-discovering the stalest joke in America — that moms, too, are one version of Olympian. More »

‘Generation Like’ Proves Parents Are Stupid, Brands Are Skeevy, And Kids Don’t Care About Privacy

'Generation Like' Proves Parents Are Stupid, Brands Are Skeevy, And Kids Don't Care About Privacy

As a parent, PBS’s new Frontline documentary, Generation Like frightens me. It brings my fear of the pervasiveness of social media in our kids’ lives to the next level, by showing just how deeply brands engage with kids online, how kids have little regard for privacy and how some parents don’t have a clue about how dangerous the Internet can be. More »