It's less embarrassing to talk to a guy than your mom -- and it can be really helpful and reassuring to hear about someone's personal experience; to know that they've lived through what you're living through and understand how you feel.
For the past month, my son has been living in an "all-screen blackout" -- a 100 percent, strictly enforced policy where he gets his stripped-of-all-games phone only when I need for him to have it and he doesn't go near the computer except for homework.
The development of the false self grounded in the unrelenting messages from the many forms of media enables children to meet the demands of the "manufactured" world of popular culture. Yet, the cost is high.
Lee's energy is so positive, energetic and even ebullient that it's hard to imagine his life being anything but charmed. So when he revealed that this play was inspired by his 6th grade diary entries, I was more than shocked.
It's tempting to think that our children will be best friends, naturally and without conflict. But while we can encourage our kids to treat each other with kindness and respect, we can't force them to get along.
My husband and I have both worked in and outside of our home. We've also taken turns with the daytime job of raising the kids. Though working outside the home is no piece of cake, we both agree that being a work-from-home parent is far more challenging than most people realize.
Children will nag; it's in their nature. We parents feel bad not giving in, and that's in our nature. It's all OK. You're not alone in wanting to be good parents in your eyes and your children's at the same time.
When I was growing up (half a century ago), life was different. Telephones had rotary dials and did not double as game consoles. Kids sat next to the TV because we didn't have remote controls to change to the other three channels and rabbit ears needed constant adjustments.