Powerful Parenting: Every Parent Must Read This

I was sent one of the most powerful blog posts I’ve ever read the other day. It was truly a game-changer for me as a parent. One of the things many parents take pride in is teaching their children something that has the potential to change things that are bigger than themselves, a way of thinking and understanding the world around them that has the potential to change an unhealthy trend in human behavior to a positive and empowering human condition.

The post is titled No-Part 1: Mama Taught Me How to Say No to Sex. It was posted by Rebecca Flin on the blog site Disrupting Dinner Parties: Feminism for Everyone. In her post, Rebecca chronicles a childhood event that provided her mother with a teachable moment that would essentially change how she viewed her role in preventing herself from being taken advantage of by others. Her mother executed the “lesson” with amazing direction, practicality, and sensibility. She even made the content understandable to the, then 7-year-old blogger and her 4-year-old brother. Not only did she equip Rebecca with skills to say what she means and mean what she says (she has her practice her intonation aloud) when she says “NO” but she also impresses upon her little brother why and how he must understand and respect the “NO” that really means “NO”. That’s a two-for-one parenting moment!

If more parents engage in powerful conversations and teach behavioral shifts as she describes, generations to come will be comfortable with sending clear and explicit messages about their desires and limits and others will be more responsive to those messages.

Cyber Safety: What Parents Can Do to Protect and Educate Their Children

We currently hear a lot about the easily accessible, inappropriate things that are lurking on the World Wide Web. The question should be: How can we protect and educate our children when it comes to their use of the internet? “Surprisingly, perhaps, the child most likely to be involved in Internet crimes is the “good kid” – one who is bright, does well in school, and who has friends and involved parents. Unfortunately, few parents know what to look for or what to do to decrease the chance of their child being involved in Internet crimes.”
By using the tips from the article titled,  Children and the Internet, you will reduce the likelihood your child will be involved in Internet crime, either as a victim or perpetrator.

The article includes 12 things a parent can do to protect their child on the internet. Some of the tips include:

*Install the children’s computer(s) in a common family area.

*Develop and agree upon a list of family computer use rules.

*Balance children’s computer time with other activities.

*Distinguish between a “friend” and a “cyber-pal.”

*Routinely check the computer activity.

*Consider using blocking, filtering, or monitoring controls on your computer.