Posts Tagged ‘teaching values’

089: When Should I Give My Teen a Cell Phone? // Andrea Davis of Better Screen Time

When I was a senior in high school, my parents got me my first cell phone so I could touch base with them if I was at after school activities or out with friends. This was not a big decision for them. My simple phone was harmless– it did not have the internet or even texting.

Oh how times have changed. Today, parents have to consider so many more factors before handing over a phone to their children, because with smartphones, teens can be exposed to cyber bullying, sexting, pornography, increased comparison with others, etc.

Today’s guest, Andrea Davis, is a mother of five and the founder of Better Screen Time. She is passionate about helping parents navigate technology. She does not want us to feel afraid but rather empowered with tools and know-how to make smart, safe decisions regarding technology within our families. Here are three takeaways to help us decide when to give our teens a smart phone:

  1. Find five parents who are just a few years ahead of you in parenting and ask them how they have handled technology and cell phones with their children.
  2. Work with your family to create healthy tech boundaries. It’s important to give our kids some ownership in our family technology plan and the opportunity to share their opinions and thoughts.
  3. Listen to your gut, but also listen to your teen. This will help them learn the “why” behind the decisions you make.

Show Notes

Andrea’s website: betterscreentime.com 
Andrea’s Instagram: @betterscreentime

Here are the great resources Andrea mentioned in the interview:

More helpful links:

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056: How to Raise a Polite Teenager // Devon Wellington, Psychologist and Cotillion Director

3 Takeaways for Teaching Teens to be Polite

Do you ever worry that your children, who are growing up in the era of the smartphone, aren’t going to know how to look someone in the eye, have a genuine conversation with them, and display respect and courtesy?

I know that I worry about this a lot!  But today’s guest, Devon Wellington–a mother, a developmental psychologist, and the co-director of the Northern Virginia Chapters of the National League of Junior Cotillions–assures us that there is a lot we can do as mothers to teach our children these essential life skills.

In this episode, Devon shares strategies for how to teach our teenagers…

  1. How to show appreciation
  2. How to make a proper introduction
  3. How to be present where you are

This is a fascinating episode with many practical gems–don’t miss it.

Show Notes

Devon’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/etiquette_and_class/

Devon’s Cotillion website: https://nljc.com/n/index.php/chapters/northernvirginiachapters/group

‘On Being’ with Krista Tippett and Greg Boyle: https://onbeing.org/programs/greg-boyle-the-calling-of-delight-gangs-service-and-kinship-nov2017/

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051: How (and Why) to Get Involved in the Political Process as a Mom // Lacey Parr

Podcast about 3 simple ways to get involved in the political process

This episode  couldn’t come at a better time. Lacey Parr, mother of three and devoted community-builder, reminds us that politics doesn’t have to be contentious–it can be about advocating with love for the issues that are the most important to us.

In this interview, Lacey teaches mothers…

*how to get involved in local government and policy in small but significant ways

*how to become a more balanced consumer of news

*where to start if we are passionate about a subject

*why busy mothers should even care–and how to bring our children along with us

…and much more!

Don’t miss this important episode.  And don’t forget to register to vote!  Mid-term elections are coming up.

Show Notes

Media Bias Chart: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/the-chart-version-3-0-what-exactly-are-we-reading/

Find out more about how to vote in your area: https://www.vote.org/

036: Momming Like a Boss: Using Corporate Leadership Strategies in Our Homes // Whitney Archibald of ‘How She Moms’

When Whitney Archibald started working as a magazine editor after college, she naturally excelled in this leadership role.  She effectively managed her team, created clear objectives for their work, and maintained focus and excellence in her responsibilities.

When she was pregnant with her third baby, she decided to start staying home full-time with her children–and one day she looked around her chaotic home and realized that she was not excelling in this “second career” in her life.  Determined to make a change, she started putting as much commitment into learning how to manage her home as she had put into learning how to manage her responsibilities at work.

She discovered that many of the same strategies that she had applied in her business life could be applied in this new phase of her life–and today on the podcast she is sharing those strategies with us!

Listen in to find out how you can take small but meaningful steps towards “Momming Like a Boss” and managing your home and family more effectively and with more confidence.

 

Show Notes

Whitney’s website: https://www.howshemoms.com/

Whitney’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howshemoms/

“Cleaning Strategies for the Naturally Messy Mom” podcast: https://3in30podcast.com/cleaning-strategies/

Get a recap of ALL of the months’ takeaways: 3in30podcast.com/takeaways

031: Three Easy Ways to Teach Children the True Meaning of Patriotic Holidays // Brittany Richman and Andrea Reeve, The American Moms

3 Easy Ways to Teach Children the True Meaning of Patriotic Holidays :: The American Moms

Let’s play two truths and a lie about this week’s podcast guests:

  • They are twin sisters.
  • One of them worked on Capitol Hill as the press secretary for two US Senators.
  • One of them worked in the White House in the office of presidential speech writing.

You guessed it…there’s no lie.  All three of those impressive facts are TRUTH.  The moms on today’s episode have very unique life experiences, and they share their knowledge about politics, government, and American history with other moms through their website TheAmericanMoms.com.

On today’s episode, they teach us how to make the upcoming patriotic holidays, particularly Memorial Day and the 4th of July, more meaningful than just a neighborhood pool party.

Don’t miss hearing their insights about making patriotism part of your family culture, and all of their specific ideas and links are below!

 

Show Notes

The American Moms Website: theamericanmoms.com

The American Moms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theamericanmoms/

App to find historical sites near you, “History Here”: https://www.history.com/history-here

Favorite book series to teach children about historical people: Ordinary People Change the World

A Dozen Books to Get Your Kids Excited about America: http://theamericanmoms.com/12-of-the-best-books-to-teach-patriotism-to-your-children/

Patriotic resource list from the website “Raise the Good:” http://www.raisethegood.com/blog/10-patriotic-movies-for-families

The books I purchased to teach my kids about patriotic holidays:

(These are affiliate links, so if you purchase one of these books, it supports the podcast.  Thank you!)

 

Other Resources from “The American Moms”:

10 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day: http://theamericanmoms.com/meaningful-ways-celebrate-memorial-day-kids/

Teaching My Children What the American Flag Means to Me: http://theamericanmoms.com/lessons-i-hope-my-children-remember-when-they-see-the-american-flag/

12 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Independence Day: http://theamericanmoms.com/meaningful-ways-to-celebrate-independence-day-with-your-kids/

 

Quote from the Episode:

“One might also say that history is not about the past.  If you think about it, no one ever lived in the past. Washington, Jefferson, John Adams and their contemporaries, didn’t walk around saying ‘Isn’t this fascinating living in the past? Aren’t we wearing our funny clothes?’ They lived in the present. The difference is, it was their present, not ours. They were caught up living in the moment exactly as we are, and with no more certainty of how things would turn out than we have.”

David McCullough