I never thought the day would come where I wouldn’t tell my teen son or daughter to put their phone away or I’d be that parent who wouldn’t limit their amount of screen time, whether it be smartphone, tablet or computer use. They’re millennials and there’s no getting around it. It’s a common thing to do and I just have to come to terms with it, whether I want to or not. That day has come and you might want to open your arms and accept it too.
We pay bills, set up meetings, share music, SKYPE and anything else you can think of, on our smartphones. We move about our day hardly without the use of a one. I’m pretty sure there’s an app for whatever you need to do and Matt Ritchel in ‘Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs with Smartphones?’ shares why there’s a decline in the use use of alcohol and drugs with teenagers. He says that smartphone and tablets usage has exploded over the last decade causing… read the full story here!
I was the fat kid in school. But my weight didn’t pick up until around middle school.
I wasn’t teased or bullied, but I knew I was different. And it was because of my weight. I was the BIG girl – how they referenced me when talking to others – and oddly, I was okay with it.
The numbers grew and grew and even in adulthood, with some loss, I’m still the big girl, the confident big girl. I promised myself that if I were to ever have kids, I’d want my son or daughter to grow up living a healthier lifestyle. Doctors label me obese and that’s never a good thing to hear because of the effects it has on your body: diabetes, sleep apnea, finding clothes that fit properly and so much more. 1 in 3 kids in America are OBESE or OVERWEIGHT! Scary huh!
That’s why being aware of the risks of your child being in the danger zone need to be addressed. Potential weight problems can be prevented without shaking a child’s self-confidence. Here’s how – start with getting and keeping your child active. Kelley Heyworth adds that eating the right amount of good food… read it here!
Be sure to check out some healthy desserts and snacks you and your kids can enjoy from our friends over at PositiveHealthWellness.com! Visit their site here!
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens presents an afternoon celebrating art—created by and for children—that helps forge a connection to Texas and American heritage. Families are invited to enjoy art-making workshops; participate in a collaborative group project; and play interactive games.
The Texas Children’s Art Festival also features demonstrations that emphasize the way art keeps everyone connected to the past, how it improves the present, and why preserving it is important for the future. Bayou Bend, as the former estate of the Hogg family—one of the great art-collecting families in Texas history—serves as a focal point for the style, medium, and period of art represented on this day.
Admission is free!
Before you make that final run to the store to pick up some eggs – that’s if you can find a full dozen with no cracks, keep reading. You said you weren’t going to dye any eggs this year, but that yearly tradition has snuck upon you once more. And now, you want to dive in fun and dye some eggs for your family, and you too! It’s ok moms, no worries. Check out the complete listing of who’s having an egg hunt near you! Click here!
Parenting from the Passenger Seat!
by Dana Griffin
I am a single mother of three boys, ages 16, 11, and 8. Sometimes life is hectic and all I want to do is sell everything we own and move into one of those trending “tiny houses” until they can learn to get along ha ha, while other times I feel like things are exactly as they should be. Maybe that’s what parenting is really… a balance between chaos and comfortable; overwhelmed and overjoyed. As my oldest turned 16 this year, that word, “balance,” is on my mind more frequently. I’m desperately trying to find that “balance” between him being my little boy, and preparing him to become a man.
I feel that it is my job to teach my children to become independent; to prepare them to be productive citizens outside of my care, but that also means that I have to let them grow up. I have to let go. I became aware of this harsh reality recently when I found myself in the passenger seat of my Nissan, with my 16 year old at the wheel. What?! He’s driving!! That means a whole new level of independence, things I can’t monitor, or control. What a surreal moment it was, to look over at my son in the driver’s seat and realize the symbolism of that moment.
This concept of finding a balance between hanging on and letting go is an especially sensitive topic for single parents I think. When you are the ONLY person responsible for your child’s welfare, especially in those cases where the fathers aren’t involved, you become fiercely protective! So, how do you go from being a Parental Ninja Warrior, to letting go? I could give you the therapeutically appropriate answer and tell you how important independence is to a child’s self-worth, etc. etc., but that doesn’t begin to address the tug of war I have going on in my heart.
For me, this idea of my children growing up, not needing me as they once did, and not being in control of every facet of their lives is uncomfortable and scary. But the smile I see on my son’s face when pulls into our driveway, after successfully driving our family home from the grocery store, tells me that I’m doing a good job. There’s that “balance” again! As uncomfortable as it makes me, I am equally as proud when I see how happy his new found independence has made him.
So here’s my advice, when that time comes when you find yourself parenting from the passenger seat, and trust me… it IS coming ha ha, focus on the joys that are to be found along their journey; sharing and celebrating with them those successes that come with achieving their milestones. There is honestly nothing better than watching their confidence grow as they reach new levels of independence, and knowing that it was you who helped get them there! Oh, and if that doesn’t work… don’t worry. They always come home when they’re hungry!