Thursday, July 18, 2019

Good Kids and Dumb Choices - It's normal

"It's critical to remember that every child, no matter how smart and responsible, will make mistakes... Making mistakes and learning how to deal with the consequences of our choices are key developmental lessons all kids need to learn."
-Chapter 1, Raising a Screen Smart Kid
This post is just a quick reminder that even the best kids are going to do some really dumb stuff sometimes - it's called "growing up." It doesn't make them bad people and doesn't make you a bad parent. 
Make a mistake? Take responsibility, learn from it, move forward. Online and in-person - same rules apply. 

And for the record, we all did a ton of dumb stuff when we were kids, too. Only we weren't doing it when literally everyone around us could record and document all of our adolescent stupidity for posterity.
((Quickly crosses self and thanks baby Jesus for this, as was an enormous idiot as a teenager))

Love, Julie
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Quick Q & A: Should I let my kid start posting on Youtube?

Q: My daughter (age 9) wants to post a video of her teaching someone how to paint a picture of a chicken. It's super cute and totally appropriate, but I'm afraid of comments from trolls and wondering if she is too young to post. What do you think?
A: In all likelihood, the people who are going to be watching and sharing your 9 year old's video are going to be your friends and family. Could it go viral and garner a lot of attention? Sure! Anything is possible, but it's unlikely.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Driving Home from Maine

Our dinner. Pulled out of the water by my brother in law
who is a Lobsterman. So basically, totally worth
14.5 hours in a fart van.
It's hour 12 of the long drive home from Maine. 

The van smells like socks and Doritos and I’m having one-sided conversations with Alexa* every time my kids start getting on my nerves. 

“Alexa, please tell the children to stop making mouth sounds.”

“Alexa, please let me sleep. I can’t take anymore.”

“Alexa, did one of them fart or is that just what this part of New Jersey smells like?”

“Alexa, make them stop fighting about where to put their feet.”

I.AM.LOSING.IT.

*I don’t even know how Alexa works and I have no devices that respond to that name which my children have repeatedly pointed out and that is not even relevant because I’m merely reaching out to the universe for help and calling her Alexa and she is not answering. Rude. 
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Recent Lesson Learned

Recent lesson from the trenches of #parentingteenagers

The highs are high (and everyone shares them on social media) while the lows are fucking brutal (and you grit your teeth and keep quiet about it). Even the best families with the most love (and the shiniest pictures on their social feeds) have days or weeks or months of teeth-grinding anxiety. 

Will it be ok? What does this mean for their future? How can this be happening? Sometimes it's how your kid is behaving and sometimes it's how others are behaving toward your kid. And the older they get, the less control you have over any of it. 

So if that's where you are right now, please take a deep breath and exhale. It's me, too. This is the real shit that no one talks about.  

So here's to the parents grinding their teeth off while they sleep and giving themselves perma-headaches and loving the hell out of their kids and freaking out that they're doing it all wrong. 

Right there with you. And I wrote a damn parenting book.

And just saying, our ancestors married off their kids early and nobody had Snapchat. 

xoxo, Julie

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