Category: social media

About Those Influencers…

I didn’t date a lot in high school. I had a bazillion guy friends, little to no boyfriends. Maybe it was because I was a commitment-phobe. Maybe it was because I was wiser than my 15 years and knew I should spend my time making friends and having fun instead. Maybe it was because no one […]

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Learning to Unplug as a Family

Junior high is a rough time. It’s awkward, it’s pimply…you’re trying to figure out who you are and where you belong. You’re trying not to panic about your body parts that are growing and doing weird, new things. Junior high is a lot of social experimentation. Not necessarily experimenting with drugs and alcohol, more like experimenting with […]

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The Great Physical Digital Divide

*blows dust off keyboard* …is this thing still on? One of the most frequent questions I hear from parents of teenagers regarding social media is how to monitor their child’s online activity. How do I know what apps they use? How much involvement is too much? Isn’t “monitoring” an invasion of their privacy? Great questions. Tricky subject. Oh, and also? […]

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The Magnitude of Perfection Perception

Waiting at the eye doctor yesterday, I read an article in People magazine about a beautiful 19 year old college student, Madison Holleran, who committed suicide last year. Something she said has been playing in my mind over and over. She talked about being in her dorm room late at night, scrolling through Instagram. She […]

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Parenting Past the Physical

I was in class with a group of middle schoolers recently, where the topic for discussion was…   …sex. (Always an exciting discussion, amiright??) So there they sat, beads of perspiration on their brow, palms sweating profusely. The awkwardness was palpable. The teacher was discussing abstinence; specifically, how to safeguard yourself from getting into questionable situations. He […]

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Celebrity Syndrome

We live in a society where every day people become famous. All the time. Sometimes for no reason. You don’t have to have a once-in-a-lifetime talent. You don’t have to be ridiculously wealthy. You don’t have to be an inventor or a pioneer or a world-changer. You really just need social media. And possibly an element of attractiveness. Or uniqueness. […]

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Living the Moments

This post was originally written for my friends over at thirtyone17. Their site is a charming, fabulous, unfiltered take on being a modern day Proverbs 31 woman. I wanted to share this post here as well, because the response it generated tells me I’m not the only one who struggles with what I shared, BUT […]

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the danger of #selfies

#SELFIE, by The Chainsmokers. It’s currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Have you heard this song? If you haven’t, we’ll get to it in a minute. It makes sense that a song with that title would be popular, right? Selfies are all the rage. (They’re also the bane of my existence, but that’s neither […]

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Girls Gone Social: the struggle is real.

Friend: “Where’s your new house exactly?” Me: “It’s just right off of…uh…that one road….uh….{yells across the room} HEY TAYLOR – WHERE DO WE LIVE AGAIN?” This is the mental capacity I’m working with these days. Moment of silence for the moms of daughters I get to chat with tonight about social media. I fear it’s […]

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The scoop on the Instagram Direct feature

A few days ago, Instagram released an update with something called “Instagram Direct”, a way for users to send pictures privately to one person. Or a group of people. Either way, the “direct” feature gives you the option of sending photos only to specified recipients . You choose your option at the top of the […]

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