Three Ways to Get Control of Your Tech

  Everything we steward in life requires good management. Just think about it a moment. We manage our time, our finances, our relationships, our work responsibilities, etc. If you would look at your life right now, it would be difficult to find an area that didn’t require a certain degree of management.   Without it, … Continued

Apart but Together: How to Stay Connected

Family bonds are formed and strengthened in many ways. If you think back to your childhood, you probably remember certain things that were part of your family experience. Though there might be some special highlights, we often find ourselves recalling the routines that brought a sense of stability to our lives. It could be the … Continued

This American Classic Gets a Modern Twist

There are certain things that stand the test of time. Maybe it’s a painting that continues to draw admirers hundreds of years after the artist’s first strokes. Or a vintage car that attracts crowds when it’s on display. Perhaps it’s one of those old, black and white movies that remains popular despite the lack of … Continued

Are Your Tech Habits Harming Your Kids?

Maybe setting screen time limits is a good idea for adults, too. Here are questions to answer to see if it’s time to set some boundaries.   We talk a lot about the effect of tech on kids, and how to set healthy, age-appropriate boundaries. But with a recent study showing a dramatic spike in … Continued

When It’s Hard to Come Home

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Read to learn more.   It was a special Fourth of July celebration, and a group of us (my wife is a member of the Blue Star Moms) were invited to attend a major league baseball game and enjoy the fireworks that would follow. As the game concluded and the … Continued

Five Ways to Celebrate the Fourth!

Is it Time for New Traditions?   Independence Day is less than two weeks away, so it’s not too soon to start making plans! Keep reading for ideas, suggestions, and why it’s important to make this day special.   Our lives are marked by days of celebration and remembrance, each one writing another page in … Continued

But I WANT it!

Concerned that marketers are targeting your kids, and not sure how to approach this important issue? Keep reading!   First, I must lead with full disclosure: I have been a marketing professional my entire adult life. The degree at the time was called Visual Communications. Artistic ability was essential since client work was often drawn … Continued

Is it time for THAT talk? Here’s some tips.

Online search results are in! The first few didn’t surprise us but three of the top 10 did, as they are explicit in nature. How do we start very important conversations with our children about this? Read more to learn.   One way to analyze cultural trends is by finding out what people are searching … Continued

Hey, Mom, Dad! Can I Watch That?

On my way home from a graduation celebration over the weekend, I began thinking about all the things we want our kids to learn before they venture out on their own. In fact, one essential parenting goal is to equip our children to become capable and responsible adults when that moment arrives. But to get … Continued

Are Your Kids Safe from This?

We start training our kids to be safe at a young age. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. We make sure they understand the danger of talking to strangers. We give them instructions if they should become separated from us. The list goes on and on, covering big things and … Continued