SmartPhones & Teen Girls

The Love/Hate Relationship between Smartphones and Teen-Girls By: Giselle Armantrout Picture this – your teen girl receives a normal-looking friend request on Instagram from someone who shares her interest in music. She accepts, and the two new “friends” begin chatting. The problem is that the “friend” is simply one of many imposter profiles of a […]

Distracted Parenting…

Distracted Parenting… Can We Be More Present? By: Giselle Armantrout Is your phone a distraction? We see this scenario played out everyday everywhere! Mothers & fathers looking down at their iPhones… swiping, scrolling, texting, working, posting, shopping, while their son or daughter sits across the table on their tablets.  Not much interaction going on… sound […]

6 ingredients that help KIDS become successful ADULTS

Want your kids to have an edge?  Want them to become successful?  Here’s a checklist BASED ON RESEARCH – how many are you doing? So you’re a loving, present, empathetic, compassionate parent.  You hug your kids, try to avoid shaming them, and lovingly attend to their needs.  Great!  That’s a wonderful start.  But if that’s […]

Teen Cell Phones… and Depression

Is your teen’s phone making them DEPRESSED? There are striking trends afoot for those keen to adolescent development.  We know kids spend immense amount of time on their phones, but what’s the impact? Read Time’s article that shows data suggests that teens today are experiencing profound occurrences of depression. Later, after her attempted suicide and […]

Phones for Kids – Considerations for Wise & Worried Parents

Phones for Kids – 6 Thoughts before you buy… Is your kid responsible enough for a $700 piece of technology?  Do you trust them to take care of the phone, adequately protect it, and to not lose it?  Would you let them walk around with $700 cash in their pocket?  Today, most smartphones cost more […]

A note to Dads…

Dads – you are vital in your home.   Your family and kids NEED YOU.  They need you to provide food & shelter (and movie tickets), but they also need you to provide leadership and presence.  Your family needs you present and engaged.   I’ve learned a lot from my work with families.  Let me […]

Summer Parenting Challenge

Summer Parenting Challenge Ahhhh, Summer is in the air!  The trees have budded, the grass is growing, the thunderstorms are rolling, and the kids are getting antsy.  For parents, this time of year is filled with anxious exams, field trips, and school parties.  It’s that time of year when kids transition from their school schedules […]

Kids’ Chores

Age Appropriate Chores for Your Kids It takes a lot of work to run a home!  And remembering that one goal of parenting is to raise competent, responsible, working adults, the first work place for all of usshould be the home.  The family home is the place to begin learning WORK ETHIC, along with responsibility, […]

When to get Kids a cell phone

Getting your kid a cell phone?   Use a Phone Contract to help them…use their phone responsibly, yet be where they’re at, with whom they’re with. Are you considering getting your kid a cell phone?  When to take that plunge is often a difficult step for parents, as is setting limits on cell phone use. […]

Social Media Vacation

Is your connection to your phone causing disconnection with your partner? First, let me be clear, I love my phone.  It’s filled with so much great information. Almost daily I use the more-computer-than-phone in my pocket to check email, respond to students, text family, schedule clients, reorder my fantasy team, pay a bill, edit a […]