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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Instagram’

Parenting in the Digital Age: Helping parents understand social media risks

Jessica Swarner is not a parent. But two things prompted her interest in helping parents better understand social media trends and ways to keep children safe online. While brainstorming for her honors thesis for Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College, Swarner heard about the murder of a young girl linked to someone the girl […]

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Rejecting the pressure to be Pinterest-perfect

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fruit kabobs? Check. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” cookie-and-milk bar? Check. “Goodnight Moon” pies? Got ’em. I started planning my son’s first birthday party months in advance. I spent hours scouring Pinterest boards for inspiration. I decided on a storybook theme, and, I’ll acknowledge, went a little overboard. As […]

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Grandparenting in the tech age is still about sharing our family stories

My cellphone alarm beeped at 5:30 Tuesday evening. Time to video chat with Grace and Finley, my 6- and 4-year-old grandchildren, who live in Chicago. Tuesday story time is an effort to shrink the miles between us. My husband and I are among the legions of  Baby Boomers who embrace grandparenthood as if we created […]

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Minecraft Mommy

Video games and television are my arch nemeses, the bane of my eternal quest to raise happy, well-adjusted children. I miss those early childhood days when I had control. My kids were the ones who never watched television and only rarely saw a movie. We didn’t get Leapsters or Xbox when everyone else did. My […]

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Opting out of Facebook:
Why some moms are bucking the trend

It’s Saturday morning and I’m up early with the baby. While she unloads a basket of toys on the living room floor, I take a sip of coffee and reach for my phone. I swipe, tap and scroll through the morning’s “news.” A college friend had her baby several weeks early. A fellow writer I’ve […]

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