Category Archives: Parenting

Is Snapchat and Snapmaps safe?

Thousands upon thousands of kids have snapped something irresponsibly only to discover later that someone screenshotted it or that some tech nerd actually tapped into the device’s cache to access the pics. That’s probably why the FTC actually charged Snapchat for deceiving its users. Bottom line: the pics you Snap aren’t quite as temporary as kids presume. Continue Reading

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Stalking Your Daughter

I was able to pinpoint this spot on a map—a place she returned to multiple times. That’s why I urge teenagers to think twice before posting artsy pics of their favorite mug at the Starbucks near their house before walking to their car alone at night. Continue Reading

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Does Sexy Music Really Affect Me?

In 2015 researchers from the University of Central Florida tackled a project examining the relationship between sexual content in music lyrics and music videos, and the sexual behaviors of young people. They discovered: “Exposure to music containing sexual content is associated with engagement in risky sexual behaviors.” Continue Reading

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Back to School Conversations

If you want to see the kids’ perspective on what this parental “checking in” feels like, just watch the first few episodes of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. The parents weren’t bad, but they weren’t asking the right questions. So what are the right questions? Continue Reading

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Talking with teens AND parents about social media

This is a subject that needs to be addressed to families, together… in the same room. Continue Reading

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Talking with our kids about Katy Perry

Will teen and tween girls be confused with the mixed messages? On one hand Katy is “open 24” and “spread like a buffet”, while in the song Power, she is a “goddess” demanding respect, telling him you “can’t wield my flowers.” Continue Reading

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When teens regret what they post

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were having conversations about these real world situations in advance… instead of doing emergency cleanup afterwards? Continue Reading

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Helpful new free resources

Here’s a few you won’t want to miss, both for parents and youth workers. I’ll start with youth workers… Continue Reading

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Stop dwelling on past mistakes

The interview provides good news for parents. We’ve all made mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up, ask, “How can I learn from this? How can I make changes? Lets stop dwelling on the past and let’s look at the future.” Continue Reading

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Free 7-week Parenting Curriculum

Many of you have been asking me about the free 7-week parenting curriculum I announced on social media last month. It’s here! Continue Reading

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