About the teacher walkout in Oklahoma where teachers are demanding pay raises and more funding for their classrooms.
Why do I care?
When teachers and classrooms aren’t funded well, your kids suffer.
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Oklahoma teachers are on day three of their walkout from the classroom and it doesn’t look like they are losing steam anytime soon. Thousands of teachers from across the state showed up at the capital to encourage action. They filled all five floors went office-to-office, marched outside and there will be more joining them soon.
Educators from Tulsa began a 110 mile march today from their city to the state capital. They are estimating 7 days to make the trek with 5-6 hours a day of walking. “We are willing to walk 100 miles for our students, what is the Oklahoma Legislature willing to do?” said president of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, Patti Ferguson. Some of the educators feel that they’re getting a ‘wait and see’ attitude from the lawmakers, assuming that they teachers will eventually stop showing up on the capital steps. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s response to the walkout won’t likely ease their frustrations, “Teachers want more, but it’s kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car.”
Your Digital Kid
Many of our kids have a digital footprint from the time they are born. What we post and share about them is out of their control until they are old enough to say they don’t approve. You may find yourself surprised to find that they do not think their baby book being online for the whole world to take in is a good thing. On top of that, there may be some farther reaching circumstances you had not considered before.
There is a new campaign circulating called ‘Kids for Privacy’ which aims to educate parents about the farther reaching impacts of sharing their child’s images online – including how images may be in the hands of predators. It definitely has us re-examining what we’ve posted and what we keep on public.
The goal of the campaign is to get parents to ‘pause before they post’ and ask themselves key questions like, “Will this embarrass my child in the future? Can this post be considered sexual bait for predators?”
This is not a new discussion and you’ve likely considered tweaking or changing your approach to social at one point or another. If you’ve decided it’s time to clean things up a bit or remove them all together there are a couple of ways to button up your online presence and that of your kids:
- Check privacy settings for all of your social media on a regular basis. Platforms are consistently being updated and changed. Give your social channels an audit and stay up on the news of rolled out changes by following tech blogs and newsletters.
- Clean up your online footprint as well as your kids by taking steps to remove photos, remove/edit posts, and minimize visibility. Assess each one with fresh eyes and determine what you’re comfortable with keeping online.
- Work with your teens to tackle their own social media presence so they are safe and avoid regret later.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
So you’ve caught your kid in a lie and you find yourself questioning how this could happen.
It’s not abnormal for a kid to lie and there are a variety of reasons they may do so according to Child Mind.
- They are giving lying a test run to see what will happen.
- Some children using lying as a strategy to make themselves look impressive to other children or adults.
- They may lie to get attention away from something they are struggling with like anxiety or depression.
- It may simply be that they are speaking before they think and it just ‘happens’
So what is a parent to do? Get to the root of the issue.
Child Mind has leveled the types of lies for you and offers tips for navigating. Some lies are a non-issue, others fall under social skills like ‘white lies’ ,and there are some that you will have to address more seriously. Dig into the ‘function of the lie’ before acting. The repercussions they incur, according to experts, should be based on the level and motivations behind the lie.
If you’re looking for a creative spin to the traditional baby shower, look no further. One mom is throwing ‘Informative Preggo Parties’ for her friends and it’s genius. The concept is meant for hosts who’ve ‘been there, done that’ when it comes to the baby years. For the party she created donation stations of all her previously loved gear that still had some life left in it. She conducted demonstrations for how to swaddle, how to baby wear and how to use common baby products. The end of the party came with a ‘Let’s Get Real’ chat where she discussed all. the. things that many people don’t discuss: postpartum challenges, relationships changes, and setting expectations ahead of baby’s arrival with your spouse. It’s an amazing idea for a shower or event for your pregnant loved ones.
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