In 2023, I want to have more space to think clearly and creatively. I want to be more efficient. I want to have more energy for myself and for my family. With this in mind, here’s what I’m going to focus on as I start the new year.
Before I had children, family movie night was one of those activities I dreamed of enjoying with my kids one day. What’s not to love about snuggling under blankets in the dark, eating popcorn, and laughing together? After becoming a mom, I learned there are a few things that are essential to making sure this supposed-to-be-fun activity is ACTUALLY pleasant for everyone. High-fives to all the moms out there, winging movie night and loving it. For our family, it turns out we need a few rules.
When to get kids their first cell phone brings up all kinds of questions: How do you know when your child is ready? How to talk to kids about safety? How to help kids develop a healthy relationship with their phone? Social Media? Phone etiquette? (The list goes on!) In today’s episode, Sarah welcomes back her friend Dr. Catherine Pearlman to talk about kids and technology–specifically the learning that happens when kids start to navigate their own personal devices, like phones. Today Catherine helps us navigate the new and murky waters of personal devices for our kids and answers some of your burning questions about first phones. Plus, stick around for a short conversation Sarah had with her own 9- and 12 year-olds about what THEY think about this topic!
What are Meagan and Sarah’s best tips for getting kids started with their first phone? And with a new school year right around the corner, a mom asks how to prepare her child for the first day of kindergarten and looks for some fun traditions to help celebrate back to school. The “bigger kids, bigger problems” stage arrives early for one listener’s family, and she looks for strategies for maintaining her mental health and other relationships while they navigate tough times. Lastly, a mom of bickering siblings sets us up for a lively discussion about whether it’s mom’s job to prevent kids developing a complex or identity stemming from their birth order and sibling roles. In addition to our own thoughts, we tap the wisdom of our contributors as we tackle your listener questions in Episode 375.
About three months ago we bought a Nintendo Switch and have offered our son opportunities to play every day since. Much to my surprise, I’ve witnessed far more positive outcomes from having this console in our home than I ever imagined.
Calling all experts . . . OR at least those who have been there, done that, and are willing to share their thoughts. In this week’s More Than Mom episode, we’re flipping the script and sharing our own challenges in the hopes that our smart, skilled, and seasoned listeners have the solutions we need. We’re stuck when it comes to a variety of topics such as home organization, the care and keeping of living things, hair maintenance, and sibling bonding screen time. Can you help? Listen and let us know!