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To students NOT working this summer… and their parents

This vlog is for both parents and students. Just some thoughts for those students who did not get a summer job. I have had about 50 conversations with parents about students, summer jobs, and responsibilities around the house in the past few months. I think we need to address these conversations up front?

Students: things you should not do this summer
Students: thinks you should be doing this summer
Parents: are we equipping our kids properly in this area?

Love to hear your thoughts.

 

How to talk to your children about pornography – book suggestions

We are living in a world where the question is not if your kids will see pornography, but when. We need to help equip our kids to deal with porn. This video shows 2 great books for parents of young children that you can read with your kids to help explain this tough topic.

Canada
Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr – https://amzn.to/2ItqkNb
Good Pictures Bad Pictures – https://amzn.to/2MZ7XmM

US
Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr – https://amzn.to/2lA7dIg
Good Pictures Bad Pictures – https://amzn.to/2MraCom

Love to hear your thoughts.

Suicides Have Increased. Is This an Existential Crisis?

Really good read from the NY Times.

As a behavioral scientist who studies basic psychological needs, including the need for meaning, I am convinced that our nation’s suicide crisis is in part a crisis of meaninglessness. Fully addressing it will require an understanding of how recent changes in American society — changes in the direction of greater detachment and a weaker sense of belonging — are increasing the risk of existential despair.

All of which brings us to the changing social landscape of America. To bemoan the decline of neighborliness, the shrinking of the family and the diminishing role of religion may sound like the complaining of a crotchety old man. Yet from the standpoint of psychological science, these changes, regardless of what you otherwise think about them, pose serious threats to a life of meaning.

We are less and less connected with each other. This is such a big topic with so many different factors contributing to why people might take their life. I found this article has some good points. What are your thoughts?

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The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

Parents often message me talking about their kids and their addiction to their phones. We rarely talk about the phone use of us as parents.

Yet for all the talk about children’s screen time, surprisingly little attention is paid to screen use by parents themselves, who now suffer from what the technology expert Linda Stone more than 20 years ago called “continuous partial attention.” This condition is harming not just us, as Stone has argued; it is harming our children. The new parental-interaction style can interrupt an ancient emotional cueing system, whose hallmark is responsive communication, the basis of most human learning. We’re in uncharted territory.

Really interesting article. What are your thoughts?

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