How hard is it to take a phone away from your teen? Our condolences I'd like to begin this blog by offering my sincere prayers to the Iowa family who is grieving the horrific loss of their 13 year old son. The guilt, despair, and pain they must be going through is unimaginable. As a mother of two children, I would feel as if my heart was ripped out of my lifeless body. No one should ever have to bury a child of any age. Can I bend with a face-to-face phone conversation? I'm going to refer to [...]
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TECHNOLOGY...having a little fun! Gia Valenti has an over 20 year career in professional theatre. Formerly, this song was titled Macavity from the musical CATS. Until, Gia put her own creative talents to work. Therefore, naming it TECHNOLOGY! Despite concerns for our future leaders and how they engage with technology, there's always room for a little fun. You can take the girl out of musical theatre, but you can't take musical theatre out of the girl. Keep Talking! Start your Moxie journey Having a conversation over text and apps Enroll Now [...]
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Why going screen Free for The Holidays is a good idea. Happy holidays? Recently, I spoke to a group of women. These women are current and retired educators or on the administrative side of education. As the speech concluded, a Q and A session began. Surprisingly, what happened next was eye opening. Something I hadn't considered. One particular woman, in her late 60's early 70's, had a profound impact on me. She presented a perspective I hadn't given much thought to. She raised her hand. With a sincere, deflated, concerned and sad tone in her voice she proceeded [...]
Do we need to get on our kids “level” in the era of YouTube? Watching the news When I watch news stories, read articles, and study opinion pieces about the growing struggles between parents and children and device use, I am left feeling so incredibly amped up. The first thing that really bothers me about this particular news cast, in the link provided above, is the upbeat and happy delivery the anchor always has when discussing this topic. It’s like smiling and delivering information in an upbeat way if you were talking about heroin addiction. There is nothing [...]
How to take back parenting by saying NO! Technology as a bargaining chip Recently, I read an Op-Ed about using technology as a bargaining chip with your child. For instance, confiscating a phone from your teenager for late curfew, bad grades, or catching them doing something they weren’t supposed to do. Similarly, the article states it shouldn’t be used as a positive reinforcement tool either. This piece of journalism references when a two year old child is successful in potty training, the reward should not involve screen time. Interestingly, the read suggested that parents are giving children the [...]
What Corporations are looking for in new hires? The answer might surprise you! Strong speaking skills are in high demand in the workplace Employers say they have trouble finding new hires with good oral-communication skills. But relatively few regular public K-12 schools explicitly teach those skills, and even fewer teach them with real-world workplace scenarios. That mismatch doesn't bode well for young people's job prospects, or for companies searching for new talent.In survey after survey, employers say they need people who are good communicators. And they say that strong speaking skills are even more important than good reading [...]
At what age do you give your child a smartphone? What is the most common question parents ask? Not surprisingly, what age should a child be given a cell phone? Specifically, a Smartphone. Those that read this blog, and are familiar with the Moxie mission, know not to ask that question. Most likely, it won't be the hoped for answer . Many parents want a hard and fast age. My prude and conservative answer; not until Senior year as a high school graduation gift. All parents have a timeline My story Interestingly, it was right around my daughters [...]
What your presentation skills say about you and why it matters. First impressions The importance of presentation skills cannot be taken lightly. Rarely, if ever, is one given an opportunity to make a second impression. How we choose to show the world who we are is critical. This is evident in how we date, hire employees, and form friendships, to name a few. Knock Knock A woman came to my door the other day. It was windy. Therefore, her hair was disheveled. She wore dingy clothing. However, she is a cleaning service and perhaps had just come from [...]
Silicon Valley Innovators vs. Parenting. Who do we blame for our screen obsessed children? Playing field to the elites I read an opinion piece in today's Washington Examiner. The title of the piece is "The touchscreen revolution tilts the playing field to the elites." Misleading, right? If I were to just read the title alone, I would think the article is going to talk about how people of monetary privilege have an advantage over less privileged and lower income people when it comes to having access to the world of tablets and smartphones. Wrong. [...]