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Developing healthy consumption of technology

Developing healthy consumption of technology

I don’t know how yall are doing, but I know I have been feeling more and more self-inflicted pressures to minimize my kids’ screen time. And as my kids get older, I am finding myself being more and more interested in learning ways to help 

Virtual learners are lonely, not “jerk”ish

Virtual learners are lonely, not “jerk”ish

I was walking with some great friends this morning and was reminded again that so much of what I share with YOU is also continually relevant for ME and my kids. Funny how that happens… During the typical “how are your kids doing with the 

Day 7. Goal setting starts early.

Day 7. Goal setting starts early.

Today is our final day of intentional conversations within this journey (hopefully not your final intentional conversation with your child! :).

This series of questions for today helps model goal-setting and intention-setting – something that will be beneficial to them for their entire lives. You may already talk about this with your child, or you may have never thought about discussing intentions with them. Either way, hopefully this video will spark some thoughts in you to have intentional discussions today and tomorrow (and beyond) so we can help our kids stay focused on what matters to them and to you.

As always, I am open to feedback from you all! How have the conversations gone? What questions do you still have? Have these emails been helpful?? Give me a shout! 🙂

Stay well, friends. Until next time,

Beth

Click HERE for the Day 7 video.

Don’t forget… the First Week Fatigue is coming…

Don’t forget… the First Week Fatigue is coming…

At some point during the first week of school, you or your child are likely to melt down. Many times perhaps. And that’s okay. That is to be expected. None of us have been used to this level of engagement or energy for months. And 

Day 6 – When we can encourage EXTRA kindness.

Day 6 – When we can encourage EXTRA kindness.

“Light fosters life. You have light to share, which means you have life to share. Don’t hide it. We all want to make a mark on the world, but oftentimes we talk ourselves out of it because we’re too busy or we assume we’re not 

Day 5 – When academics look different.

Day 5 – When academics look different.

This year is going to be totally different. In so many ways. Likely to include the academic part of school. It may be easier. Or harder. It may be stricter, or looser. We just simply don’t know exactly how all of this will work until we get there.

So we can have a conversation NOW, with our kids about how things may look different. If you have some insight as to how that might look – share it with them! For instance, our school put out a document that outlined how virtual school was going to “look”. Share the main ideas from that with your kid!  Similarly, our school has shared that desks will be in rows (not pods) and how they will be required to stay apart from one another. I know this doesn’t seem to relate to academics in our eyes, but for your child, learning in the classroom will feel different when they are in rows versus pods. The more we can prepare them, the better!

Below is the video for today’s conversation.

Stay well, friends.
Until tomorrow,

Beth

Click HERE for the Day 5 video.

Day 4 – Extending lots of grace to teachers

Day 4 – Extending lots of grace to teachers

Our teachers have been such troopers all summer and as we are entering the new year, they need our support (and the support of our kids!) more than ever. Today’s conversation is about explicitly teaching our kids how to choose empathy, compassion, and grace. Before you 

Day 3 – Mask (and school-choice) shaming.

Day 3 – Mask (and school-choice) shaming.

We are on Day 3 of continuing conversations with our kids about shaming. Shame is such a hard word. An even harder emotion. Yet, we all have experienced it and know how horrible it is. The trickiest part about shame messages is that we often 

Day 2 – Being a good friend without being too close

Day 2 – Being a good friend without being too close

So for Day 2, I want to talk about being a good friend without getting physically close to one another. Despite any of our own opinions about social distancing, it is clear that being 3 to 6 feet away from one another is a better way to stop the spread of all germs. And not spreading germs is a common concern for all kids in the school building, so it is not a new idea for our kids to get used to. But being physically distant from our friend may be.

Take a moment to consider this juxtaposition. Their whole lives, we have encouraged closer contact. We have developed a habit in them to be in the physical space of peers. And now, we have to help them change that habit at school. And we all remember how hard habits are to break!

So here is the video for Day 2 of our 7-day intentional journey together. Again, if you feel comfortable – give me a shout out about how the conversation went!

Stay well, friends.

Click HERE for the Day 2 video.

Day 1 of the 7-day intentional preparation for school to “start”

Day 1 of the 7-day intentional preparation for school to “start”

In this time of uncertainty and unpredictability, it is natural for us to feel anxious about the upcoming school year. When I am feeling anxious about something, I try to be even more intentional about conversations with my kids – knowing that if I am