‘Highlights’ offers its 10th Kids Survey. As parents, it is essential that we look beyond what our children are “saying” to what they are “feeling”. Children are tangible. They connect feelings with people, places, things: the concrete. Stages of cognitive development in children don’t always allow for them be able to express abstractly or conceptually how something affects them. But they are certainly developing awarenesses along the way, and we can help.
Kids love videos— the sillier the better. And it’s a rare parent who hasn’t used them to secure a little quiet time. Today YouTube is, by far, the largest source of videos of all kinds. When they created an app for children in 2015, many parents assumed the content would be carefully curated and reliably child-friendly.
How do we parent in the age of #MeToo? For me, the answer is in 3 personal core values that I hope to continue to share with and model for my kids regardless of their age: consent, empathy, and courage.
By Karla Akins 5:30 AM on a Monday morning. I fumble with the keyless entry to my bedroom door after unloading the dryer. I plop the basket of clean clothes on the bed and remember I left my cell phone in my office. I’m late, as usual. I punch the code into another locked door and