Tweeting Through the Teen Years – #1

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I overheard this conversation the other day:

Child #1: Facebook for Mom and her friends is like our Twitter.

Child #2: You think? Maybe more like our Snapchat.

Child #3: No…Mom and her blogging friends are doing weird things on Snapchat. Stay with Twitter. {Disclaimer: By weird things, they mean take silly selfies with filters and torture  send them to our children.}

Child #2: Mom’s on Twitter.

Child #1: She’s on there, but Twitter moves so fast she doesn’t pay attention to what we do. Continue reading “Tweeting Through the Teen Years – #1”

Why Unfriending or Blocking May Not Be the Answer

one mom discusses why unfriending may not be the only answer to social media woes

This social media stuff has gotten out of control. Blood pressures are rising, stress is mounting, and lifelong friendships are dwindling – from behind a computer or mobile device. It’s all because we like, or agree, or vote, or debate, or choose not to debate, or my all time favorite – have suffered more.

And on the last one…let’s change it to we believed we have suffered more, or longer, or harder, and we are going to prove it. On social media. Today.

And here’s a new one: Posting anything new or different or positive apparently now means that we have forgotten about the struggle or the social ills of America or the election or whatever we’re upset about.

Before you know it  we become offended. And stressed. And tired of having to explain ourselves. Then the unfriending ensues. Y’all, I’m not exempt from this behavior. I’ve unfriended and I’ve unfollowed as well. I’ve even written the oh-so-sly yet really passive-aggressive post that usually ends with, “Unfriend me if you must…this is the truth.”

As a parent though, and as a parent of teenagers who have very active social media lives, I discovered something very important. Sometimes when the kids become frustrated with an issue that shouldn’t even be on social media in the first place, the first thing they want to do is unfriend, unfollow, and block. Even if there’s no real place for it.

They think that’s what they should do because that’s what they’ve seen us do.  Continue reading “Why Unfriending or Blocking May Not Be the Answer”

Unplugged!

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My plan for the holidays is to be unplugged from Tuesday, December 22 until January 13.

I’m assuming if you know me, you probably started laughing at that sentence. After all, just look at the shock on my kids’ faces when I told them. But I am really serious. I plan to unplug from daily posts, but I will be working on awesome content for the blog, promo items for my new radio show, and new features of both the Twilli Media website and the My Life With Him and Them website.

But I want to let you in on a little secret. I will be unplugged, but it will look like I am as active as usual on the web.

The wonders of automation allows bloggers and social media addicts — scratch that, social media professionals like me to schedule our posts ahead of time. So I will be here, but not really live and in color.

I hope you that you and your family have an awesome holiday. As you may know, I’ve created a few printables about the holidays over the past month or so. I’ve gathered them all  right here for you. I hope you enjoy it as you are putting the final touches on your holiday experiences.

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