In a recent worldwide broadcast to youth ages 12 to 18, Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, challenged teens to put down their phones and put aside social media in order to focus on living healthy lives and pursuing more spiritual matters. In his address, he specifically asked… Read More A Social Media Fast for Teens?
Have you seen Snapchat’s latest video promo? It starts out with Great-grandpa scooting everyone in for a cozy family portrait. Then we see flashes of people–mostly adults and families–spending time together and having fun. Even a cute dad snapping pics of baby in a high chair and sending them to Mom at the grocery store.… Read More 3 Signs It’s Time to Delete Snapchat
By Julie Nelson, Shasta Knight & Melody Bergman At the beginning of April, I met some pretty cool mamas at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit in Washington D.C. One dynamic mother-daughter duo, Julie & Shasta, has offered to share what they learned at the conference as a collaborative blog post on MamaCrossroads!… Read More “I Didn’t Know”: 3 Takeaways for Parents from the 2018 CESE Summit
Let’s face it. Parenting in a digitally saturated world is no picnic. Sometimes keeping our families digitally safe feels a bit like running down the middle of a busy highway against traffic. Information overload! Am I right? And then SPLAT! What a mess! It happens to the best of us. But there is always hope.… Read More Heaven Help Us! Digital Parenting with FAITH
While spot-checking my children’s devices, I’ve found several back doors and secret sides to the kid apps we think are safe. This post includes some lessons I learned along the way, along with tips to fight back. Remember … although I might use a specific app as an example, simply banning that app might not… Read More Lessons from a “Kid-friendly” App: Dealing with Predators
It’s a chilly December day, and I’m staring blankly out the tall airport terminal window. Somewhere nearby a baby giggles and holiday music tinkles through the overhead speakers, but it does little to lighten my mood. Down on the tarmac, a massive metal bird has swallowed precious cargo: my two little boys. I imagine them… Read More For the lonely mothers at Christmastime: 7 Tips for mamas missing their kiddos
We had an indian summer, and mid-way through November thousands of leaves are still clinging to the trees. I feel restless. Longing for something unknown. Thanksgiving is this week, and I am striving to be grateful and to forget myself. And I am grateful. Grateful to be alive. Grateful for the progress I have made.… Read More Medical Crossroads