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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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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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Put Family Rules in Black & White

Spelling out your family’s principles now can help later. Are your kids a few years away from owning a smartphone and stepping into social media? If so, now is the perfect time to get crystal clear about your family values reflected in the house rules you set. In many ways the online world still seems like the …

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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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You’ve Joined. Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve found a moms’ group that you would like to be part of and you’re officially a dues-paid, card-carrying member. If you are like many people, the hardest part of joining a new group is moving from the newbie phase to seasoned member. This is the step that stops many of us in our …

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Online Moms’ Groups: Helpful or Hurtful?

As enthusiastic as I was about finally embracing motherhood, it took me awhile to adjust to my role. The perfectionist in me was haunted by the questions: Am I doing any of this right? Are my mothering instincts good enough? Am I doomed to turn out a kid who will be on parole before his …

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Why Networking on Social Media Counts

“Many moms will tell you that Facebook is a happiness boosting link to the real world, helping them cope through predictable and non-so-predictable days trapped between four square walls of toddler meltdowns and sick kids.” ––from Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life Moms love social media and are more connected than …

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How to Nourish Your Support Network

On one of the rare visits we made to my grandparents’ house when I was a little girl, I remember my amazement seeing the collage of phone numbers my grandmother had on her refrigerator. She didn’t bother to use notepaper. She just wrote the numbers directly on the side of her refrigerator to reference. Why …

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