Everyone is Talking
About a mom who posted an inquiry on Facebook about the possibility of a school shooting at her son’s school and was convicted of a crime as a result.
Why do I care?
The ramifications of her ‘innocent’ inquiry resulted in over 160 absences at her son’s school due to her ‘fact finding mission’, and it’s a reminder that one should consider thinking before hitting publish on any social media posting and, perhaps how one should handle a possible threat on school grounds.
Tell me more.
Jeanette Garza Alvarez of New Mexico is a mother who decided it was prudent to use Facebook as her source for investigating a rumor that there may be a shooting at her son’s school. As a result of her stealthy investigation skills, there were mass absences at the school and she was convicted of a misdemeanor. While given a deferred sentence and nominal fee for her nuisance charge, it is a lesson in what parents should (not) do if they hear of a potential threat at their child’s school – just say no to posting on Facebook. Just say yes to calling the authorities and notifying your school administration. It may seem like the obvious choice to most people, but apparently, it bears stating out loud.
In the Trenches
When you think of family pets, some people argue that they just become pets when the children arrive. But, then you find stories where those pets refuse to leave the sides of your children in the family when they arrive, or more heartbreakingly, when those children are losing their health battles. It is then that you realize that your pets were never just pets, they were always a part of your family.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Who knew that starting a new habit during vacation was a successful strategy to making it stick? According to Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, this is a method that works. We don’t know about you, but that’s when our ‘healthy habits’ usually go to die. Apparently, that’s where you should attempt starting anew – yoga, eating healthy or a daily walk should begin on vacation and you might just see it stick for the long term because your usual cues and rewards aren’t around so you have the best opportunity to break and begin new habits.
Other expert backed tips for making healthy habits stick include:
- Create a plan that is personal to you, not one that mimics that of a friend or celebrity of choice. It will be doomed to fail.
- Chip away and tackle one bad habit at a time – don’t be overzealous and create a list of to-do’s to tackle.
- Have concrete reasons for each change that you want to make and ensure they are for YOU and not for an external force.
- Consider all the setbacks you will come across in advance and plan for them.
- Use peer pressure, but in a good way. Have an accountability group to help you stay on track.
- Make sure your mindset is in the right place – if you are unhappy, or discontent, you won’t be nearly as successful with reaching your goals.
If you want more resources or links to the studies and experts who recommend the above, you can read more on Huffington Post.
We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.
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