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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

17 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

By Common Sense Media

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs. While it may seem more complicated to post photos on Instagram, share casual moments on Snapchat, text on WhatsApp, and check your Twitter feed throughout the day, ... 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

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

Should Teenagers Trick or Treat?

By Rachael Herrscher

Apparently some folks in Apex, North Carolina are so concerned they've laid down the law. Literally. As in a town ordinance: Sec. 14-18. – Halloween restrictions. (a) No person over 12 years of age shall engage in the practice of “trick or treating” at any time.  (WLTX) He... Read More

3 Screen Time Rules My Kids Actually THANKED Me For

By Rachael Herrscher

They are the 3 screen time rules that made the biggest difference.  One day this summer I lost my mind.  You know when you see your kids all zoned out on screens? Phones, TV's, tablets. It was a beautiful day outside. Yet I had 3 kids lying on the couch like zombies. In a mome... Read More

Have Kids That Struggle With Anxiety? These 4 Strategies Will Help

By Guest Post

It’s hard being an anxious kid. You already have to worry about making friends and doing well in school, and then you add anxiety? It doesn’t seem fair. Kids spend all day in school being judged on their intelligence, but when you are stressed, you can literally lose IQ points. You start overthi... Read More

Dear Kids, Think Of Me. Love Mom

By Guest Post

Dear Kids, You’ve left my warm, comfy nest. I understand. It was time. But in the wee hours of your independent and autonomous lives, when you least expect it, I know you will hear my voice. As you sip your lattes, and walk to class, you will think of me, and I hope those thoughts are met with ... Read More