Panic & Fear About Technology — Especially Social Media – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

Do you find yourself nervous and at wits end about all the problems with social media and kids? Do you dread hearing the next news report about kids, screens, and digital addiction because it feels too close to home? Are you regularly worried about the intensity of your own digital activities? Few people will argue with the notion that our digital world needs tweaking. With data collecting running amock, hackers breaking into corporations around the world, bad actors using social…

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How To Prevent Drug Addiction: A Guide For Parents – Parents Article

           While taking drugs has always been risky, the introduction of new, more powerful drugs in recent years has heightened the potential for accidental overdose. As the tragic death of Chloe Kotval (a 14 year old girl from Ottawa, Canada) demonstrated, teenagers- even very young teenagers- are not immune to the perils of today’s “designer drugs.” All it took was one pill laced with the potent opiate fentanyl to end Chloe’s life.             With the dangers posed by today’s narcotics…

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Adoption & Foster Care: My Personal Experiences: Reflections on Instant Family – Foster Parents Article

Adoption & Foster Care: My Personal Experiences: Reflections on Instant Family Pages Reflections on Instant Family I finally got around to seeing Instant Family and I thought it was a good blend of accuracy and humor in portraying what foster-adoptive families experience. Rather than give a complete plot summary, here are some scenes and themes I’d like to share which stood out to me in particular, as someone who has fostered and adopted children through the foster care system: Fantasy Children…

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13 Parent Assists to Help Children Become Tech-Savvy Users – Parents Article

Source: Rawpixel/Unsplash Like many lately, my friend Alice’s son is addicted to Fortnite, the video game of the moment. Unsure of what to do, Alice offered her 12-year-old several hundred dollars to abandon Fortnite for a month. He refused without hesitation. So a few weeks later, when I asked a young man in his 20s to explain the sensation to me, he instantly likened Fortnite to “crack.” For many parents, who might already have to nag their children to put down…

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ReMoved#3- Love is Never Wasted – Foster Parents Article

Nathanael Matanick has done it once again!  I watched ReMoved 3 yesterday and was particularly impressed with the grief portrayed by the little boy, his mother, and the foster mother.* I also appreciated the portrayal of the complexities of differing opinions family members have when considering opening up your home to a foster placement as well as the positive and negative affects a child could have on other children in the home. Other observations: 8:10 killed me! I remember in…

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Adoption & Foster Care: My Personal Experiences: Adoption: Heartbreak and Hope – Foster Parents Article

Over the past year or so I’ve considered myself lucky if I’m able to write even one post a month on this blog.  Since there’s a few weeks remaining of November, here is my somewhat obligatory post during National Adoption Month. Adoption has undoubtedly been a huge blessing in my life, but it’s not always necessarily a sunny subject.  I think the complexity lies within the fact that I am the beneficiary of somebody else’s grief and loss.  I came…

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ACEs & The Protective Power of Connection – Foster Parents Article

I have been fascinated with the concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) having an impact on physical health since I first heard about the groundbreaking study and acronym at a Child Abuse Prevention Conference I attended years ago. Here’s an infographic which serves as a good Cliffs Notes Version of ACEs: As equally intriguing to me to learn about the impact of risk outcomes for ACEs, is just how the ACE study came about- so I’ll tell you: Dr. Vincent…

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