Elementary School

IKEA Encouraged These Kids to Be Bullies, and Here’s Why

By kara

Ever been bullied? Picked on? Teased incessantly by that one guy at work? Annoying, sure. But you can handle it, right? While I’d like to think I’m somewhat immune to the effects of the obnoxious, and even ill-intentioned, IKEA has proven me wrong…using a plant. In honor of Anti-B... Read More

The Easiest Way To Limit Screen Time {We’ve found it!}

By Rachael Herrscher

One of the biggest issues facing parents today is how to limit screen time to healthy, constructive levels. Ever feel like monitoring your kids screen time is a full time job? You feel like a police officer instead of a guidance counselor? It's can feel overwhelming, time consuming and frustrating. ... Read More

Here’s the Phone I Wish Apple Would Have Built For My Kids

By Rachael Herrscher

If you're like me, you've been wishing for a different kind of cell phone option for your teenagers. Something between a Gizmo and the iPhone maybe?  I've been trying to talk my kids into a flip phone,  but I think I might have found THE BEST cell phone for teens and tweens! Behold ... Read More

7 Reasons Why Your Teen Smartphone Contract Will Not Work

By Guest Post

Building strong “digital citizens” does not begin with a smartphone contract. By Melanie Hempe, Founder/President, Families Managing Media You (nervously) just gave your teen his first smartphone. Now you are on a strategic mission to build a responsible “digital citizen,” althoug... Read More

Apple Shareholders Call For Company To Tackle “Growing” Evidence Of Device Addiction In Kids

By Rachael Herrscher

“It would defy common sense to argue that this level of usage, by children whose brains are still developing, is not having at least some impact,” the letter reads, “or that the maker of such a powerful product has no role to play in helping parents to ensure it is being used optimally.” ... Read More

My 12 Year Old Was Blackmailed for Nude Photos

By Guest Post

As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about kids’ use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. As parents, we try to stay on top of wh... Read More

Moms, Get the Big Stuff Right

By Guest Post

Every mom worries about failing her kids. We wonder what we will do if our kids turn against us, grow up to hate us or end up disliking their lives. These are natural worries, but these fears can drive us crazy.  They can also drive us to focus on minor details, hoping that if we can control... Read More

2nd Grader Might Want to Be A Cop For The Most Hilarious Reason

By Rachael Herrscher

Sometimes when you're mindlessly scrolling through Facebook you find PURE GOLD.  Meet my good friend's son Elliot. He's in the 2nd grade. He might want to be a cop when he grows up. Here's why: This little guy has this whole thing worked out.  Most importantly: #2 - I like my ... Read More

NO! My Child Will Not Participate In Your Ridiculous School Fundraiser

By Rachael Herrscher

It's inevitable. Your child WILL come home from school with a fundraising packet.  Your child will have been hyped up (and emotionally manipulated) by an assembly, bribed with chintzy prizes, and sent home with a stack of sales materials and the hopes that they will sell enough to earn that ... Read More

Disciplining Teens: Talk Less. Listen More.

By Guest Post

Is corporal punishment an acceptable form of discipline and when does it become child abuse? -- to the specific -- Is it befitting of a Christian to physically discipline a child? The answers vary depending on who is asked,  Although "Prov 22:15 says, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a ... Read More