The thought of picking up a device that will negatively influence our thoughts, our choices, our actions, and our future happiness is quite sobering. If you are looking for a more interactive and supported journey to a present, peaceful, and positive life, please consider my new online course SOUL SHIFT that begins on April 23, Each week, I will be sharing a painful truth from my life through video and then offering a small habit shift I used to begin a new, life-changing practice in my life.
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We just got our daughter a phone this year so we could be in touch when she has away games for sports or if practice gets cancelled. She is We quickly realized that it and the iPod needed to be somewhere other than in her room at night. We tried plugging it in on the same floor, out in a public area, but it was still too tempting for her.
Now the devices go on their chargers in the basement. HFM, I love your articles so much and I often push them to my family group. This one strikes such an important cord as we approach the holidays with lots of time at home. In our class, Forming Families, we will tackle Discipline in January, so these throughts really line up with where we are as a community.
So I wanted to thank you for that. She has done quite a bit of work in this area and has a lot to offer. Sending you lots of solidarity in this mission of creating better children worldwide. Thank you for fighting the good fight.
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So many of us are working shoulder to shoulder without even realizing it. Much love, Kristin. Hi Kristin, thank you for the important work you are doing! I love to know you are in the world strengthening families. I will definitely look for that book! I am always trying to soak up as much wisdom as I can from those who are leading the way. Love to you, friend. Thanks so much, Kristin, for sharing other resources to help us!
My heart is sad for Nina and the other two girls you mentioned. I pray they all find healing. I am thankful not to have grown up during the smart phone era because I think I would have been vulnerable. The photo of the girls playing in the snow, oh how fun!
You have the sweetest photos on your blog. This was truly a gift to me today! It turns out that I deeply needed this, and today. Your beautiful letter is exactly what I need to reach out to her and connect with her. I feel so strongly that your light and love just reaches out to me when I need it!
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Thank you for sharing such personal stories and for giving me tools to experience success as I raise my amazing and beautiful children. Much love today! This has truly touched my heart, Valena. I am thankful my words feel like hope to you, and I pray that they are words that will bring hope and connection to your daughter as well.
Valena, Your experience is very common. Teenagers can be incredibly attached to social media. I have expertise about the solutions to many of the issues that come about as the result tech overuse. I would be willing to talk more privately about your situation to see if I can help. I love this… love the way you pursued the subject instead of avoiding something difficult… love the idea of having a conversation and even writing a letter instead of making more one-sided rules.. I pray I can be a strong mom, too, today and for many days to come.
Thank you as always for your encouragement Rachel!! I know this might be hard for you to answer but maybe someone in the community might: Do you think you would handle this differently if you had boys? For myself, I had to set up the Do Not Disturb on my phone as I was surely becoming addicted as well. The author has some insights to offer about how teenage and younger girls use their phones, and how boundary-setting can protect them.
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One friend of mine makes her children leave their phones to charge in the kitchen each night. Years ago, I attended a very frightening talk given by a former police officer who works for an organisation protecting children and young people on-line. Her advice was never to allow a child to use the internet in their bedroom.
I loved the photos you posted. So full of joy and love. It is also very timely as there are more and more appeals to wake up to the damaging effects of social media. What a valuable extension to my post. Thank you for sharing all of this. I will check out these articles right now. Thank you!!! Excellent article! My kids are addicted. Partly our fault. I am having the worst problem with my son spending so much time on the iPad and Xbox and now social media.
Everyday I yell at him to get off. The worst is when I confiscated his Instagram account and before that his online gaming, he fell out of the boys groups at school.
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But the reality was he was outcast and de-friended. It hurt him so much to be left out and no longer in his friends group. He cried often and once even wanted to jump out the window. So what can I do apart from ask for counseling help at school, which was brief?
As soon as I let him go back on those things and social media and texting with his friends, he was back in the group and all happy days again at school and home. A couple of weeks ago I gave him back his Instagram account after a 12 month ban. All they can afford is one meal for the two of them. He politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple to eat. The old man replied that they were just fine.
They were used to sharing everything. She just sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink. Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy them something to eat. This time the lady explained that no, they were used to sharing everything together. As the little old man finished eating and was wiping his face neatly with a napkin, the young man could stand it no longer. Again he came over to their table and offered to buy some food.
After being politely refused again he finally asked a question of the little old lady. You said that you share everything. What is it that you are waiting for? Thy Kingdom, pursuant to terms and conditions, come. Thy will, duly uncontested, be done on earth, inasfar as existing statutes permit, as it is in Heaven. Give us this Thirty-first day of December, , our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, notwithstanding claims, liens and legal costs, as we, who shall be termed party of the second part, forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, i. For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and, pending appeal, the Glory forever. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are they that mourn. Blessed are the merciful. Blessed are they that thirst for justice. Blessed are you when persecuted.