My latest installment of “what the hell can we do with our kids this summer that doesn’t involve a tablet or phone.” This poor child has run more errands with me in his little life, but I always try to find a way to make it less tedious. Today, it was the car dealership so we struck up a little World Cup in the parking lot with a ball he got from the dentist. Most interesting thing was that in the hour we were there, 3 people commented how it was great to see a kid playing and not on a phone. Again, zero judgements or shaming, because it’s effort and I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to just sit and let him watch the TV inside. But, it’s possible and more memorable (and burns some serious calories off this not-so-summer-ready-mom-bod 😉).
P.S. I won. #nomercy #parenting #techfree #summer

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Goochland mother shoots New Zealand man attempting to break into home

RICHMOND, VA friends: I was just interviewed by Brent Solomon NBC12 of NBC12 for a piece airing tonight at 11PM TONIGHT on a story they aired this afternoon. Tune in! 📺

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These are the moments, as a parent, it’d be super easy to just give him my phone (while we sit waiting for my car to get fixed for 2 hours). Instead, we dirty tile math. I’m not shaming other parents that do give devices (I often envy you in these situations), just sharing an experience to show it is possible to be tech free or help our kids be less tech-dependent as these addiction numbers and new studies on the effects of screens come out daily.
Side note – check out the golf glove. #parenting #tech

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“Gaming Disorder”

Just today, the World Health Organization released its International Classification of Diseases, announcing “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition. Check out my vlog for thoughts and some helpful hints.

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What Do You Do If Your Child’s Nude Selfie Goes Viral?

I talk to kids and parents about sexting every single day – if not in person, then in messages I get from concerned parents and friends. Know how most of these conversations/messages start off? “My son/daughter is SUCH a good kid, I never thought this could have happened.” Then the panicked: What can we do now? The reality is we can talk to our kids about this stuff until we’re blue in the face, and sometimes kids make mistakes. So, what do we do if this happens? Happy to have shared some suggestions with Your Teen for Parents, an awesome resource for parents dealing with teen stuff.

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