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Tips to train your teen to put aside the device and drive

Mar 23, 2015
Tips to train your teen to put aside the device and drive

Texting and mobile connectivity is incredibly seductive. Brain science tells us that the brain can become addicted to the stimulation of the tap and click connectivity of social media and other apps, such as gaming. So it takes a disciplined mind to not allow the smart devices to be the thing that governs our...

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How texting cripples the parent-child trust bond & what to do about it

Mar 16, 2015
How texting cripples the parent-child trust bond & what to do about it

Instinctively we know that growing up in a digital world, interacting with devices and apps can interfere with bonding and socialization. And yet the temptation is great to rely upon the device to sooth and occupy fussy children, or avoid discomfort of dealing with boredom, conflict or disagreement. The reality is devices do not...

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What is free wifi really costing you?

Mar 10, 2015
What is free wifi really costing you?

I recently went to Disneyland with friends and you would not believe the amount of people, parents on their phones. Here’s the thing, take your pictures, but posting them on Facebook and/or Instagram can wait. It sets a bad example for children. Teach them to stay in the moment. I think children are sometimes...

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Tips for understanding the texting lingo of your teen

Mar 2, 2015
Tips for understanding the texting lingo of your teen

So in order to provide protective cover for the teen who may be confused between trust (which is always verifiable among people) and privacy (which is private stuff you keep from the world not from your parents), parents need to position themselves as trusted resource to help teens learn how to be in control...

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You have more in common with your smartphone than you think

Feb 24, 2015
You have more in common with your smartphone than you think

It is only human to “reach for the stars” and share our dreams with one another, but we can’t actually make these things reality if we settle for a habitual routine of “liking” and posting.

Banana Moments
You have more in common with your smartphone than you think

Feb 24, 2015
You have more in common with your smartphone than you think

It is only human to “reach for the stars” and share our dreams with one another, but we can’t actually make these things reality if we settle for a habitual routine of “liking” and posting.

Banana Moments
New app enables parents to guide a child’s use of a smartphone

Feb 23, 2015
New app enables parents to guide a child’s use of a smartphone

The new demand on parents today is to assume nothing. You must always “inspect what you expect”, which can feel like spying and a lack of trust if the mindset is that children need privacy from their parents. The truth is what children require is caring oversight that provides instructive guidance, protection and correction...

Banana Moments
New app enables parents to guide a child’s use of a smartphone

Feb 23, 2015
New app enables parents to guide a child’s use of a smartphone

The new demand on parents today is to assume nothing. You must always “inspect what you expect”, which can feel like spying and a lack of trust if the mindset is that children need privacy from their parents. The truth is what children require is caring oversight that provides instructive guidance, protection and correction...

Banana Moments
The value of friends you don’t see very often

Feb 18, 2015
The value of friends you don’t see very often

This week I’d like to share a bit about the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC). I have a profound love for this group and there are some great reasons why. First, some background information about PCYC. It is a team of “high-schoolers” and young college students from various cities within Placer County. PCYC is led...

Banana Moments
The value of friends you don’t see very often

Feb 18, 2015
The value of friends you don’t see very often

This week I’d like to share a bit about the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC). I have a profound love for this group and there are some great reasons why. First, some background information about PCYC. It is a team of “high-schoolers” and young college students from various cities within Placer County. PCYC is led...

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