All posts tagged: kid

When Your Kid Is Benched

My son was on the bench.  For four weeks.  Injured from his favorite sport.  Or shall I say his passion ?  It was rough, for all of us.  It was physically painful for him, not to mention emotionally painful — for him — and for all of us.  Some kids find themselves on the bench…following an injury…awaiting their call to the line-up…as a result of committing a penalty…or being “put there” by a coach to carry forth a lesson. What can our kids learn from The Bench? They learn how to view life, sports, and “the team” from a different perspective —  to see things outside of the box.  A great deal of sports strategies and tactical plays arise from watching from the sidelines.  Some kids on the bench can find themselves in the perfect position to learn not only what to do . . . but what NOT to do.  Sometimes watching from the sidelines can be its own premier training, especially for those visual learners.  It can be prime time viewing of “where I or the …

I Finally Got on Facebook and My Kid Got Off

Facebook is out, Instagram is in. At least in these kids’ eyes. He’s following him. She’s following her. I seem to be following everyone and everything except my kid. On social media that is. These kids are two steps ahead. No matter how hard we try, no matter how fast we try to stay ahead, we are two steps behind in this social media world. Even a middle school technology teacher told me she can’t seem to stay two steps ahead of them. And what about Tumblr. Kik (me). And what appears to be the the most elusive of them all (because nobody is following anybody, at least we parents of these kids) – Snapchat. What’s a mom to do? Like I said before (in that other blog back there), I do what every good millennium mom does. I google. Tried it. Doesn’t work. The answers just aren’t there. But lo and behold, I can offer you this: 11 Sites & Apps Kids Are Heading To After Facebook. The quickest, most comprehensive thing about all …

“But All My Friends Have Cell Phones!”

Is your kid clamoring for a cell phone? We’ve heard the pleading arguments from our kids before. And we’ll hear them again. Whether it was the pleading argument to convince you to allow your child to drink soda, watch that show, view that movie, or stay up “as late as everybody else,” you’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again. It’s their job, these kids . . . to test their boundaries . . . to get what they want — especially if other kids, and in particular, their friends have what they are pleading for. The cell phone is no different. It comes (or not) in its own time, according to what is suitable for us parents, our own kid(s) and our specific family. What age is the right age to have a cell phone? Rather than consider the age, per se, be SMART about it. If you are considering a cell or smartphone for your son or daughter, apply the SMART formula: Safety Is your child in locations or situations in which …