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I'm an author, a teacher, and a TEDx speaker who helps parents and teachers keep kids safe online. Start raising and teaching safe, wise, and kind digital kids with my free email course Raising a Digital Kid™.
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The Startling Truth About Being a Mom During the Holidays

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Confession: I just clicked "order" on my family's holiday cards. Well after Hanukkah and less than two weeks before Christmas? You bet. And when, out of curiosity, I checked when I got this task done last year, I saw that it was almost exactly the same timing, almost down to...

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62 Ways to Spread Kindness Like Wildfire

(5) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 9:54 AM

Acts of kindness are the simplest way to be the change you want to see in the world. These act of kindness ideas are helpful and important anytime, but right here, right now -- during National Bullying Prevention Month -- choosing to be pro-kindness instead of anti-bullying is a way...

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The Parenting Advice I Couldn't Ignore

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:16 PM

This summer, our family went on a tried-and-true Minnesota vacation. We rented a small cabin up north that had just enough room for the five of us to sleep in, play cards in, and stumble over each other on our way outside. It was perfect.

In between sunrise swims and...

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Las 14 verdades esenciales sobre criar a una preadolescente

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 12:57 AM

1. Su personalidad ha llegado

Mi hija preadolescente tiene tontería, sarcasmo y sentido de la moda, y opiniones cada vez más firmes sobre su ropa, sus actividades y las formas en que quiere pasar su tiempo. Algunas de estas cosas son negociables, otras no.

Espero que esté presente en...

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The Inexplicable 'Wow' Factor of Having Friends of All Ages

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Jason and I went out for a rare Monday night date. I was tired and resistant; he was sweet and patient. His college buddy was in town. Their time together is rare -- although the sadness in this is hardly ever discussed, it's there -- and for one night he...

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Prayers for a Tween Girl

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 11:28 AM

My girls' birthdays are only four days (and two years) apart. For the past few years, we've celebrated on or around their March birth dates. But this year, our family traded in our usual one-weekend-after-another separate celebrations for a last-day-of-school, hot summer night, everyone-piled-into-the-yard-and-by-the-fire-pit-and-into-our-basement kind of celebration. And it was...

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22 Ways I'm Gifting My Kids a Happy Summer

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:15 PM

1. I'll make rainbow pancakes for breakfast.

2. I'll let them help cook -- even if the word "rainbow" is right there in the recipe title.

3. I'll love the days that we change straight from pajamas to swimsuits back into pajamas.

3. I'll let them collect dandelion bouquets, spray...

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A Conversation With My Tween About Drinking

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:17 PM

My husband, Jason, has started making beer. Once a month he gets together with his buddy to home brew and talk hops and bottling and boiling levels. Their beer is delicious and Jason had the fun idea to keg some so we can have it on tap when we entertain.

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This Is My 39

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Thirty-nine is well-worn routines.

It's strong coffee, black, in the same yellow mug, everyday. It's a daily 5AM wake-up call. It's less snooze buttons and more quiet skies, warm fleece and many words, all with that mug in hand.

It's going to bed shortly after the kids do.

Thirty-nine is...

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3 Words That Made My Relationship With My Kids So Much Better

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:21 PM

A few weeks ago, our family of five shuffled from one of my oldest's volleyball games to another. Coolers loaded, activities tucked into bags, water bottles filled (and refilled).

I spent a fair amount of time wondering about my younger two. Were they having fun? Was it fair to fill...

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Your Tween's Private Photo Could Go Viral. Here's How.

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 6:45 PM

When my husband Jason and I decided to give our daughter a phone and an Instagram account, these gifts came with a string: she agreed to having many, many (so very many) open conversations with us about using social media kindly.

The first time we sat down together to discuss...

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8 Habits of Incredibly Happy Women

(16) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Over good food and good wine, I was talking to two women about one important topic that threaded us together. They were new friends who shared so much between motherhood, Minnesota winters and current and past teaching careers. As our voices got louder, and more urgent, we leaned in closer....

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Por que não crio minha filha para ser uma 'boa menina'

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:03 PM

Minha filha cortou o dedo numa garrafa d'água "inquebrável" na escola. Recebi uma ligação no meio da tarde. Quando o número de telefone da escola aparece na minha tela, alguma coisa me faz falar e me mexer um pouco mais rápido, um pouco mais apressada, um pouco menos "eu". Ela...

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Why I'm Not Raising a 'Good Girl'

(13) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 2:54 PM

My daughter cut her finger on a "shatterproof" water bottle at school. I got the call late mid-afternoon. There's something about the school's phone number popping up onto my screen that makes me move and talk and be just a little bit faster, a little more hurried, a little less...

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Le 14 verità essenziali nel far crescere una tweenager

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 7:05 AM

1. La sua personalità si sta appena affacciando al mondo.

Quando la mia tween fa la stupidina o la sarcastica, quando esprime il suo stile e manifesta delle opinioni sui propri vestiti, o su ciò che fa e su come trascorrere il proprio tempo, tutto è più nitido. Su alcune...

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14 Essential Truths About Raising a Tween Girl

(13) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:17 AM

1. Her personality has arrived.
My tween has a more defined silliness and sarcasm, a sense of style, and stronger opinions about her clothes and her activities and the ways she wants to spend her time. Some of this is negotiable and some of it isn't -- I...

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14,000 Ways To Be Nice To Someone When They're Sad

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 2:38 PM

We were sitting on the "yellow" couch when she texted. Those quotes are on purpose, that couch was a perfect shade of buttercup yellow when Jason and I bought it, young and newly married and so very sure that everything we had would stay shiny and well. "You might want...

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The One Thing I Want to Tell My Kids Before They Start School

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Dear Kids,

I can hardly believe it's the first day of school!

I'm sending you off knowing how excited, happy and maybe just a little bit nervous you are, and I want you to know, I think you're feeling all of the right things. (In fact, I feel the exact...

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Backpacks for Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:21 PM

As a former teacher, my heart skips a (literal) beat at the the thought of new school supplies. I love neat piles of notebooks, brand new pens, and erasers in every color.

It's not lost on me that my husband, Jason, and I are fortunate enough to be able to...

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4 Truths About Women Who Put Up Emotional Walls

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:10 PM

We're sitting side-by-side, toes in the sand, face to the sun. It's a glorious day at the beach. The rays hit just right, spotlighting what's important right now -- glittery water, happy kids, slow moments.

The women to my left are lying on their tummies. Their chatter is easy, their...

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