Everyone is Talking
About arming teachers.
Why do I care?
Arming teachers is being floated as a new approach to safety for schools in the United States. A recent poll suggests the public is split on the idea. Being in the loop will help you decide where you stand on the issue.
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President Trump has been in the thick of the gun discussion. In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured his most recent stance is that teachers should be armed. He has stated that 20% of our classroom teachers should be trained and armed. He even suggested that they might get a bonus for the effort.
Texas happens to know a thing or two about arming teachers. It currently allows about 170 teachers and/or administrators to carry firearms on campus. Two schools have what they call ‘The Guardian Program’ in place
Many cops and educators agree that arming teachers is a bad idea.
What’s clear is everyone is seeking change so we can ensure a mass shooting of our children, or anyone for that matter, is a thing of the past.
That’s What She Said
Do you and your spouse have different parenting philosophies? How do you handle when they don’t align?
Brittany, from a Healthy Slice of Life and her husband follow a few tried and true rules:
- Remember that parenting is a learning process (so give each other grace and mutual respect).
- Give some breathing room to any heated situation.
- Back up your partner in front of your kids (discuss any misgivings later).
- Consider that your partner may actually have a better perspective.
We know, we love being on point with our parenting, but sometimes our spouse has a situation on lock down and it’s important to acknowledge when they do.
Parenting isn’t about perfection and while the need for control is real, it’s OK to let our spouse do their thing.
Side note: we would like Brittany to be our bestie who we commiserate with over a cup of coffee. She gives good advice.
Your Digital Kid
Are our kids struggling because of their attachment to tech? Silicon Valley parents think so and in an analysis of 1 million teens, it does appear that tech use can greatly contributing to unhappiness.
Some studies even suggest that children who are attached to their tech may have an increased chance of being depressed.
Common Sense Media released their 2017 report which shows that mobile media time has tripled…again.
So what is a tech-loving family to do to ensure balance? Because let’s be real – tech isn’t going anywhere so, let’s talk about it. Jim Meyer, CEO of Common Sense Media says, “Media and technology are essential to family life and to childhood and adolescence, and therefore we have to get more on top of it.”
One idea for getting on top of your family’s media use? Set up a Family Media Plan using free tools offered on HealthyChildren.org’s website.
On their homepage, it states, “Media should work for you & work within your family values & parenting style. When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep.”
Making a Family Media Plan doesn’t have to be hard or painful but, depending on your family’s current use, it may be an adjustment. HealthyChildren.org offers the following recommendations to consider:
- Limit screen time to less than 1-2 hours per day.
- Look for media that is educational.
- Be clear about what is appropriate media and set boundaries based on age.
- Discuss what a ‘good digital citizen’ looks like when they interact online. Discuss this early and often.
- Co-view media to ensure choices are aligned.
Occasionally, we are gluttons and we are not ashamed. This sandwich we found is aaaahmazing. We want it made for us righ. this. minute.
Have your interest yet?
It’s two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun for a burger. Yep, it’s a thing.
We’ll workout next week. Promise.
When you think your kids don’t need you anymore, watch this video (a heart-melting moment) and remember that they have always needed you and will always thrive when you are near. Or, check out this adorable little girl who discovers her Dad’s voice within a teddy bear while he’s away on military deployment. #swoonworthy
We’re off to hug our kids.
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