Everyone is Talking
About the Winter Olympics coming to a close.
Tell me more.
After two weeks of competition, the Winter Olympics came to a close last night. There were many powerful images and stories that came out of the two weeks of events. Team USA did fall short of their expected performance. The United States secured 23 medals (the fewest since the 1998 Olympics where they earned only 13). Norway, Germany and Canada all surpassed that number…by a decent margin. Admittedly, we’re all a little sad about that.
Your Digital Kid
If you’re like us, you have kids at home maintaining Snapchat ‘Streaks’. It’s a become a popular Snapchat activity for kids because it acts as a communication tool and metric that they use to rate their friendships within the app.
TBD on how we feel about this. For realz.
So, what exactly IS a Snapchat Snapstreak? A ‘streak’ begins when you have three consecutive days of snaps with a person. You don’t earn ‘streak cred’ within group chats or when sending memories or snaps with spectacles. To keep a streak going, both snapchatters have to send a snap (not a chat) back and forth between one another in a 24-hour period. You know you’ve hit your three days when the fire emoji pops up next to the person you are snapping with. The app keeps track of the length of your streaks by providing a counter and awarding ‘best friend’ emojis. According to one teen, “On Snapchat, streaks develop a level of friendship between people. The longer your snap streak is, the better friends you are.”
If your child is on Snap, they are probably involved in a streak or two (or ten). Thankfully, it’s not a practice that requires them to run somewhere in their birthday suite, so take heart. They can be mostly harmless, provided your child doesn’t use it as a measure of their self-worth and it’s not taking up a ton of their time each day to keep their streaks going. That’s where we parents come in on the observation train.
You can see how it could easily slip into a negative if your child rates themselves up against the number of streaks they have with different friends or if they are greatly affected by the loss of a streak. Talk to your kids about their streaks, ask how they feel if one ends, and get a sense of how it’s adding or taking from their lives and go from there.
Interested in being even more hip and with it on Snap? Here’s an additional read on what the emoji’s mean over there. You’re welcome.
The Kids Are Alright
All kids get stressed and emotional from time to time. As parents we have an opportunity to offer them tools to manage how they are feeling. If your child struggles with settling their minds, managing their thoughts or mitigating their feelings – a ‘Glitter Jar’ can be a great strategy for helping them learn to regulate their emotions. Within the jar are three different glitter colors – one for thoughts, one for feelings, and one for actions. The swirling of the glitter represents the busy of their day and the settling of the glitter represents the settling of their minds. The jar is a great tool to help your child be more mindful about their thoughts, feelings and actions by learning how to ‘settle the glitter’. Read more about how to implement this strategy on mindful.org – they even offer you a script to get it moving. It really is fantastic.
“To all those who tweet at me saying that they ‘hope I fail’, I have failed many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway,” said Adam Rippon recently.
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