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When high school ‘drama’ becomes bullying, here’s what to do about it

Apr 7, 2014
When high school ‘drama’ becomes bullying, here’s what to do about it

I believe the modern child experiences a bully climate in ways we cannot perceive unless we experience it at their age. The drama we experienced as adolescents without cyber connectivity is amplified for the modern teen; and it can easily take on a life of its own in the form of personal attack that...

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The top 3 things parents can do to shield their child from cyberbullying

Mar 31, 2014
The top 3 things parents can do to shield their child from cyberbullying

Bullying is learned behavior. Children do as we do, and so I have learned that if our own personal strategy is to use intimidation and anger in response to bad customer service or in reaction to the things that family members do that are annoying or disruptive, we in turn are disturbing the...

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Worrying and caring: Why they are not the same thing

Mar 2, 2014
Worrying and caring: Why they are not the same thing

So let us be clear. Worrying is not the same thing as caring because it is the product of fear, not love. And worry is in my opinion the most toxic temptation of the modern parent given the truly perilous network culture that encompasses the modern childhood.

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Why the modern child and parent need mentors

Mar 2, 2014
Why the modern child and parent need mentors

Over the past decade I have come to appreciate that one of the most important things parents can do for the sake of our children and ourselves is to put aside shame. Let us consider the things that show up in dramatic, cyber-powered fashion that impart shame:

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The practical value of virtues for the modern child

Mar 2, 2014
The practical value of virtues for the modern child

More dramatic than the cultural revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the advent of internet and mobile connectivity inspired a radical power crisis for the individual and for the family. In a world, flattened and boundary-less by cyber communications, the opportunity is ripe for the parent-child bond to be strengthened and deepened as...

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The lessons of parenthood in the network culture

Mar 2, 2014
The lessons of parenthood in the network culture

While it can be said that the parents of previous generations would recognize some of the parenting concerns of our time (power and control issues), there remains the fact that every generation is faced with a different set of circumstances involving innovation (for example, what would parenting be like today without the automobile?) and...

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Managing your child’s expectations for cyber safety

Feb 17, 2014
Managing your child’s expectations for cyber safety

Expectations can cause you to think incorrectly and believe the wrong things. In a recent post in Genuine Life with Jodie Stevens, Jodie writes about the lessons she has learned about harboring incorrect expectations that keep us from understanding the value of forgiveness for your own benefit; to pursue happiness in a world...

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Teach your child what it means to ‘connect’ on and off-line

Jan 27, 2014
Teach your child what it means to ‘connect’ on and off-line

As texting becomes the main artery of communication, there is a risk that connecting with others may be perceived as a bunch of contacts in a network, and the skills essential to nurturing meaningful relationships may not fully develop. Evidence for this concern is the cyberbully culture impacting the quality of our children’s...

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When you are at your wit’s end with a persistent problem with your child

Jan 10, 2014
When you are at your wit’s end with a persistent problem with your child

Thought for the day When you are at your wits end with a persistent problem with your child...

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Smarty-pants computers do not process wisdom

Dec 31, 2013
Smarty-pants computers do not process wisdom

2013 December Monthly Round Up

A New York Times report last Saturday features the next generation of computer programming which has evolved from mathematical processing of data to a  neuro-relational model known as “neuromorphic processing” that involves weighing data against past experience. The new computing approach emulates the biological nervous system which mimics how...



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