I am astounded by this article and the great book I am reading called “Digital Invasion, The: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships” which I can’t wait to share about when I finish.

In my personal life I have noticed as a parent that my children seem to loose their creativity and interest in playing when they spend too much time with screens. Maybe it happens from a combination of too many educational TV programs and online learning. They seem bored more often and act like they don’t know what to do with themselves when getting free time. They BEG for another TV show or another view of their favorite Brain Pop, Jr. When that happens, we move toward balance again but cutting way back on technology. Meanwhile, this phenomena is well founded in brain science. Thrilling!

I learned that there are serious potential health affects when our children delve too often in the digital jungle. There are affects on a child’s brain development that can lead to problems later in life if not detected.

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Heloise believes that we as parents, caretakers and educators:

Can equip our children with wisdom and knowledge to help them make wise choices online.

Can provide a safe haven for children and youth who realize they are off track and want help to reach out without judgment.

Can help them get back on track and offer services based on the level of support they need.

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This week is a little different. As a Parent Coach and mom of 6 children plus many godchildren I love… I am feeling like it’s regrouping time. I was a really STRESSED OUT PARENT today. Hopefully we can regroup together and I can help you.

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funny cartoon about a mom speaker by McPherson 160kb

I just received a picture of this hilarious cartoon from a friend who wrote “U at ENOCH”

She is referring to me speaking at the ENOCH NJ Homeschool Convention coming up in May.

This funny cartoon was created by John McPherson at http://CloseToHome.com

He has a new Close To Home funny on the http://www.gocomics.com/closetohome everyday.

Ironically, this cartoon is easy to relate to at times with our 6 kids that we homeschool.

Moms juggle a lot to get things done!

LOL

Mom Guilt: Has this ever happened to you?

At the end of the day…..you look at your preschoolers’ dinner plate only to realize HE NEVER ATE IT!

Even better…instead he had a doughnut as dinner when he went out with mommy for an evening errand.

Is that your mom guilt spot?

Today mommies have far greater expectations of parenthood than previous generations did.

Moms berate themselves for not ascending to ultimate levels of perfection in their parenting efforts.

This is not healthy nor realistic…BUT you KNOW that already right?

What can you DO to ease that craze beast?

10 REASONS WHY TIME STARVED MOMS FEEL GUILTY

1. “Perfect” family and friends who help you feel guilty about anything one no matter HOW many TIMES you explain WHY you do anything….THEY of course bath their kids morning and night, their babies were perfect sleepers and all their teens were well behaved……

2. Not feeding the kids enough healthy and sacred fruits and veggies! INSTEAD, regularly having survival dinner = cereal, peanut butter and jelly or fast food. When you cook your kids are surprised or scared.

3. Not bathing the little ones enough in honor of the Medieval era.

At the end of the day…..you look at your preschoolers’ dinner plate only to realize HE NEVER ATE IT!

Even better…instead he had a doughnut as dinner when he went out with mommy for an evening errand.

Is that your mom guilt spot?

Today mommies have far greater expectations of parenthood than previous generations did.

Moms berate themselves for not ascending to ultimate levels of perfection in their parenting efforts.

This is not healthy nor realistic…BUT you KNOW that already right?

What can you DO to ease that craze beast?

10 TIPS to Tackle That Mommy Guilt Beast

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Guest Author – Julie Zine Coleman shares her parenting wisdom for parents of preteens and teens. Children are unique, and not every strategy works for every child. However, there are some general principles.
When my children were little, it seemed like every parent my age was dreading the day their children would become teenagers. We all knew horror stories of sweet children who did the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde thing upon hitting adolescence, turning into almost unrecognizable monsters. In our minds, adolescence was certain to be the end of family peace and happiness as we knew it.
They entertained us with their wonderful humor, broke our hearts with their struggles, and encouraged us by their fledgling commitment to the Lord. Friends stopped over all of the time, and descended on our pantry like locusts. I don’t mean to give you the impression that life was perfect, or that my teens did not present huge challenges to my husband and me. Those years kept us on our knees as we watched our children begin to spread their wings. However, I can tell you there was never a dull moment in the Coleman household.

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