The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The other day my youngest son was playing a popular game on the Xbox One. I overheard the conversations a few kids and my son was having and he said something that surprised me since we’ve talked about internet safety quite a bit. He mentioned that he was only 12 and that he was home with his mom and that he couldn’t do something because he wasn’t allowed to. It shocked me. So I had him turn the game off and we discussed again how telling people online that you don’t know personally, any type of personal information is unacceptable.

I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

If your home is anything like mine, you have at least one boombox in the house that isn't Bluetooth enabled. *gasp* I know I know… I'm living in the “dark ages” according to my kids. Heck, we still rely on actual alarm clocks, that my husband and I have probably had since at least 2005, and not our cell phones to wake us up. Since my kids have the joy of having the boombox in their bedroom, it's either, CD or local radio stations. And we all know how kids “love” local radio stations today. It's not like in the 80's and 90's when we used to listen to the Top 9 at...
5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child

Children are at an age where they need lots of love and encouragement to grow up into healthy young adults. This is one thing I'm not afraid to admit that I struggle with. Growing up the only person who really encouraged my brother and I was my mom. My dad was raised with a firm hand and was more authoritative instead of encouraging. So I have tried to be more like my mother, but it's hard. Especially when you're stressed to your children how you expect them to act. I have a little bit more of the authoritative way of thinking that I would like, but it is definitely something that I'm...
When Will the Kids Be Responsible Enough to Trust at Home Alone?

When Will the Kids Be Responsible Enough to Trust at Home Alone?

Your childcare provider just called, telling you that her children are sick. While you normally use your mother-in-law as a back-up, she’s visiting family out of town. Missing work isn’t an option unless you want to lose your job; your boss has already written you up for excessive absences, mostly for scenarios just like this one—childcare emergencies. Your kids are 11 and 13, and you work just 10 minutes up the road. What should you do? Are they ready to be left alone? First, consider those federal regulations recommend that children be at least 12 before they are left without adult...

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