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Digital Kids: Why Mindful Screen Use Matters

Digital Kids: Why Mindful Screen Use Matters The statistics are alarming. The rates of depression and anxiety are skyrocketing among our youth. More kids report feelings of loneliness. Teens who spend more than three hours a day on an electronic device are 35% more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor. Girls, in …

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Creative Connection Tip: Host a Craft Party

How about hosting a craft party for your next Moms’ Night Out?  I’ve attended three craft parties since October. Two were at friends’ homes and another was at a local winery. Before you dismiss this idea out of hand simply because you don’t consider yourself crafty, I’ve found that women who claim to have the …

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Creative Connection Tip: Start a Cooking Club

For those who love to talk about food as much as they love to cook and eat it, a cooking club can be a creative and enticing way to connect with other like-minded culinary fans or individuals who want to hone their food prep skills. Here’s how to start a cooking club: Theme. Choose a theme …

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Six Ways to Help Kids Use Social Media in a Healthy Way

By age 10, many children already have social media accounts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat, even though these sites require that users be 13 or older. If you’ve spent any time on social media, you know that it can have an influence on mental wellbeing–both positive and negative. While many of us …

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Recommended Reading for Enhancing Social Skills & Mindfulness in the Digital Age

People in the fitness industry like to say if you “don’t use it, you lose it.” We need to flex our muscles or we grow weak. It’s no different when it comes to our social skills. For kids this is especially true. They are only just beginning to develop the skills to interact with others …

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Inspiring Mom Blog Series: Beth Beseau

Welcome to the Confidently Connected Inspiring Mom Blog Series, in which I feature moms who inspire connection among mothers in their communities. This month I’d like to introduce you to Beth Beseau, facilitator of Kansas City Mompreneurs! I first met Beth McElwain Beseau at a presentation I gave to a group of moms. She invited me to …

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3 Signs It’s Time to Move On

By nature, we women need to surround ourselves with a supportive village of other women. It’s a survival mechanism that is practically written into our DNA from those hunting and gathering cave-dwelling days. In today’s society, we have the advantage of many choices when it comes to the different social groups we can join––both online and …

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Inspiring Mom Blog Series: Mandy Fields Yokim

Welcome to the Confidently Connected Inspiring Mom Blog Series, which features a mom each month who is inspiring connection among mothers in her community.  This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. I think this is the perfect week to introduce you to Mandy Fields Yokim, a talented writer, editor and mother from Pittsburgh, Penn. Mandy’s …

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Happy May!

Happy May Day! Many countries around the world celebrate May 1 as the beginning of spring, leaving May Day baskets hanging on their neighbors’ doors. Are you looking for ways to welcome spring and the coming summer months? Check out a few of my articles for ideas on getting out of the house with friends, …

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Inspiring Moms Blog Series: Lara Krupicka

Welcome back to my “Inspiring Moms” monthly blog series, featuring moms who are inspiring connection in their communities! In this second installment, I would like to introduce you to Lara Krupicka, who has integrated connection with other moms as practically a way of life from her home in the suburbs of Chicago. You may have …

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