Screen Safety Parenting Expert
I believe the secret to happiness is opening oneself to discovery – discovering our true selves amongst the hustle of our overtasked world, and discovering how to heal so we can be present and have effortless fun with those we love every day.
I believe in the importance of truly “seeing” kids as they are and supporting their unique exploration of what they want in life and in themselves. Parents provide love, fun, strength, and honesty. Protection is not shielding and scaring, but gently informing and inviting empowerment. As a child psychologist, I support authoritative vigilance, yes, but not stifling shame.
I believe that failure is necessary to learn and anxiety signals opportunity. Parental instinct with an awareness of child psychology and development give us the road maps to guide kids into resilience.
I believe that screens are an essential part of childhood now. Kids have embraced it, so parents need to get braver and accept tech with agreeable curiosity rather than frightened resistance.
Adults by helping you rediscover spontaneous play in between the necessary and mundane. Healing happens in fun, reflective, creative spaces.
Parents by helping you achieve meaningful parent-child connections and screen sanity. You will find no parent shaming here. Fun family connection is achieved with learning, laughter, compassion, encouragement, courage, and joy! ❤︎
Kids by encouraging fun learning, resilience, and how to stay safe on the internet. Most important, we need kids to recognize that we “see” who they really are. I was raised by a mom who fiercely loved me but did not love herself. Because I truly “saw” her in the everyday, I believe she learned to hate me for it. I felt invisible. The one person I felt “saw” me, my dad, lived 1000 miles away. I longed for more time with him and his unconditional love throughout my adolescence. Now my dad is gone, and I’m trying to love and protect my mom in ways she didn’t for me. Even more importantly, I’m learning to love myself so my kids truly feel seen and will grow up loving themselves.
Students who thirst for understanding and knowledge and need tips to stay safe online. Psychology requires students to learn about themselves and others in all facets of what’s important. Teaching addiction studies, parenting, and psychology courses has helped me heal as I tell stories, like my mom’s devastating descent into alcoholism. Each lecture requires me to convey my deep understanding and compassion for those suffering.
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What I don’t want you to know about me is…
I worry often that my kids are going to be discovered acting terribly online, and I’ll lose all credibility. The truth is they probably will act terribly online, and that’s them being teens. Parenting is a never-ending process. I’m not the perfect mother, and they’re not perfect kids.
I’m a single mom. My 21-year marriage ended, because we could not speak each other’s love language despite giving it everything we had. The marriage was 16 years of happiness and 5 years of, once again, feeling invisible. Before my divorce I was devastated when my dad and stepmother died and my mom succumbed to dementia in one year. It became crystal clear that life is short; invisible is not how I want to live it.
When people ask, “How are you?” I too often say, “Too busy.” This is because as a little girl I thought my worth was through productivity. I know better now, but I still love productivity.
My love laughs at me all of the time, because I am always claiming everything and everyone “is my FAVORITE.” I can’t stop doing that, and secretly don’t want to.
I’m an expert at choosing incredible friends. I’m sensitive and have a dark and inappropriate sense of humor. I require safety, love, and devotion from those I choose to reveal myself to, so I choose my besties wisely. Being open online, on stage, and in front of the camera takes a lot of courage for me. At 50, it feels great to be courageous.
I’m not quite where I want to be … and I hope I never am. The journey of discovery is exquisite.
If you’re looking for a screen-free parenting guide, this isn’t it.
As a mom of teens and an educator, I believe that when our digital natives are on-screen, they have opportunity to learn genius skills necessary to thrive in today’s world. In our house, we love each other, and we enjoy using our screens. Screen time deprivation isn’t usually necessary for healthy family living … but balance is.
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