Category Archives: Music

MTV Helps Kids Make Sense of the World?

“No art form in the world captures moments like this more powerfully than music. Music helps us make sense of the world. A song can elevate a movement.” -Jussie Smollett of Fox’s Empire, in his speech at the MTV VMA’s, … Continue reading

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Miley’s VMA Reprise

This coming Sunday night MTV will be exhausting all means necessary to garner one thing: ratings. MTV has a history of stooping to new lows for ratings for their Video Music Awards show. This year’s new low will be Miley … Continue reading

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PG Porn

Last week as I prepped to talk with parents about their kids’ phones, I browsed through the music video charts and noticed some interesting trends, especially from some of the “child actresses” our daughters grew up recently watching on TV—Demi … Continue reading

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Filtering Rihanna’s BBHMM

Rihanna released a brand new music video this month that is already causing a stir. The world would describe this scandalous video as shrewd marketing. Others, “art”… Me? I call it “selling out.” Regardless, Rihanna knew that the over-the-top violence, … Continue reading

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Bringing up the subject

In one of my recent More Than Just the Talk workshops where I encouraged parents to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations about sex, a parent asked… “Well, what are we supposed to do, bring it up?” The brand … Continue reading

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Teenaged Doubters

Whenever I talk with today’s teenagers, I see them processing what I tell them. It’s almost as if they are weighing it in their minds: “Does he really know what he is talking about? Does this make sense? Would this … Continue reading

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The Intertwining Power of Music and Television

In my previous post I highlighted some eye-catching elements that many parents overlooked during last Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast (and no, it had nothing to do with the Illuminati). In this post, I want to turn my attention strictly to … Continue reading

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I’ll go as a slut

Remember when Halloween costumes were as simple as a cowboy hat and boots, or a sheet with holes poked in it? Today it’s not that simple. And if you’re a female the pressure is on… the burden to be sexy. … Continue reading

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Parent Reactions

I love hearing feedback from parents after they attend one of my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshops– it’s fun to hear how their kids respond when the parents arrive home with all this new information (knowing that I’m telling their … Continue reading

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Free Online Training

I constantly receive emails from people who can’t come to one of my training workshops, but wonder if we provide any free online training. I’ve always answered, “Yes!” and provided a link to our Free Training Tools page, which includes … Continue reading

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