Catfishing: What Parents Need to Know

Mary* was beaming while telling me about her new relationship. She told me how much Bob* “got her,” and that they had so much in common, and would spend all night talking over text. When I asked where they met, she was vague and “thought” they met at a...

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Hold the Lecture: Get Kids to Talk

When working with kids in my therapy practice, these are common statements I hear from those who don’t feel heard: my parents think they know everything my parents don’t get it my parents don’t understand what it's like to be a kid Create a safe space for...

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How to Talk with Your Teen about Porn

Helping your Child Deconstruct the Messages in Porn I recently had a conversation with a friend who reads our blog. Her son is about to turn 18 and will be off to college in the Fall. She’s a single parent and they have a pretty open relationship. She’s...

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The Screen Time Battle

I’m not a parenting expert. I’m just a mom to two boys who has worked in social media for many years and knows the ins and outs of technology. One who saw a problem and wanted to help fix it. That problem is technology taking over our kids’ lives. And...

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Is it a Happy Holiday?

I experienced a significant negative event this year which was a culmination of several events. Only my immediate family and close friends are aware. The majority of my 490 friends on social media have no idea because my page has no indication of anything....

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Social Media Etiquette 101

Have you ever: Had that one friend who you’re afraid to take a picture with because they post anything on social media as long as *they* look good and have absolutely no regard for how other people might look in the photo? Stood in line at a store and...

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Technology and Emotional Intelligence

Lately I’ve noticed how many people (including myself) have a tendency to be on their phone when alone in public. Whether waiting in line at the grocery store, in an elevator, or taking a train, it has become a habit. Instead of looking around, people...

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How Well Do You Know YouTube?

I love YouTube. I'm a big fan of the app. I love that when I needed to replace a headlight on my 8 year-old car that there was a man in the middle of Minnesota to guide me through the process step-by-step. Unfortunately, YouTube isn’t all DIY instructional...

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What To Do About Mean Girls

Imagine the embarrassment of sending a naked picture to someone you care about because you thought he liked you, only to find out he shared it with the guys on the football team. You’re already horrified and embarrassed to walk down the hall at school...

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Your Child was Sexting! Now What?!

If you allow your child unsupervised access to a device you must talk to them about sexting, because chances are they will come across inappropriate content. In my sexting classes, I’ve had kids who were sexting at 9 years old. They were reenacting what...

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Take a Technology Holiday

On the first night of my sexting group the kids’ parents are present. One evening, a parent was scrolling on their phone, not paying attention. They were completely unaware their body language was communicating to their child, “What I am doing...

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Texting Lingo Decoded

WTF does THOT mean? IDK YSK Remember when Gucci was a desirable fashion label and a goat was a cute farm animal? Now they mean "awesome" and "greatest of all time" respectively. It seems like our kids are speaking their own made-up language sometimes....

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