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Christmas presents under the tree

By Lisa Cherry

Perhaps you're like me and several of your kids are asking for electronics for Christmas.

But perhaps you're also like me and you’re dreading the fallout from them acquiring more.

Safely managing and supervising children and teens in this crazy era of technology is surely a parental nightmare for most of us.

And even as the gifts are already under the tree, I figured it might be good to review five quick tips to avoid pain in 2014:

1. Maintain ultimate ownership: All electronics that live within my house are subject to the rules of anything else that live within my house. They are under the stewardship and leadership of the parents in charge. Let your kids know this upfront!

2. Pray: No one can tell you exactly how to manage your home. But the Lord knows exactly how to keep your kids safe and maintained in proper balance. Pray and ask Him for advice. And then listen for His instructions and obey what He says with courage!

3.  Set rules: It's best to give a gift with limited access and then be able to expand, access rather than to have to take the access away

4. Keep active: Getting  a new electronic piece is much like getting a pet. You can't stick it in a corner and forget about it.

5. Get Covenant Eyes.... They are the experts in internet accountability!

Merry Christmas!

Image:  Alan Cleaver,  Christmas presents under the tree via Flickr Creative Commons
License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Here are a couple of posts on this issue for your further consideration:
“You Don’t Trust Me”…Responding to Teens on Internet Use
A Double Life: 13 Ways to Detect if your Child is Hiding Something
Do I Need to Have the Porn Talk?

Gratefully linked to
Making your Home Sing Monday
Modest Mondays
Mama Moments Mondays

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By Lisa Cherry

If you have not yet seen this one circulating, you don't want to miss it!

Kim Hall is one mom who refused to be intimidated by technology's pull on her family.

In her post FYI (if you’re a teenage girl), she said what so many of us other moms wish we had thought to say!

Read it. Share it with your family.....and then pass it on to another mom who might need it.

Image: Helga Weber “No One Else Can Speak The Words On Your Lips" Flickr Creative Commons

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Last weekend my two high school age runners had a big home indoor meet
. It was fun to watch their siblings and grandparents fill the stands.

However, one problem. Dad couldn't be there. As their chief coach and fan, he hated to miss it. But with our crazy traveling tour schedule, he had commitments in San Antonio.

So he did the next best thing. FaceTime!  (Hint for those who need it: This is like Skype on a phone.)

My kids have still not lived it down!
Their coach and team members were incredulous. But through all the teasing, the message was clear. As many of the other students did not have anyone to cheer them on, dad’s love and commitment made a big statement.


The moral.....use technology to our advantage, not just to our harm!

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Gratefully linked to:Legacy Leaver    Faith Filled Friday

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It’s Family Fun Friday at Frontline Moms.

We have a tradition here at Frontline Moms.  We spend so much of the week unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, that we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

So, we are inviting you to share in the fun and tell us what fun you've been up to with your family.  My co-host for this link-up is my daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures.  Don't miss her fun post about her birthday baking adventure!

Please leave a comment or link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.  Then check back to see what fun other families have commented or posted about.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.

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