The Balance

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November 9, 2017 by themommahen

The Husband and I don’t talk a ton about current events with our kids. I mean, we don’t stick our heads in the sand, but we don’t go out of our way to deconstruct the latest goings-on in the world in minute detail, either. So when H1 came home and told me it was mentioned that she needed to watch the news on a regular basis, I was at a bit of a loss.

(Sorry, but as a COM grad and PR/communications professional, I don’t have a lot of faith in the idea of unbiased journalism anymore.)

So, we talked about “The News” and how to watch it, and what “Fake News” means, and what “Real News” means and how, like food, we have to be careful about they type of “News” we consume and how much and when and all that jazz. And the blurred lines of “reality” and “hype” and consumerism and advertising. (I may or may not have used air quotes quite a bit in that conversation.)

Yes, it’s hard to let her wander into the realm of the Fourth Estate, but we know we can’t shelter her forever, and ohmygoodness, it’s all around us but we can at least try to teach her to be smart about it. And, as is always true in this parenting gig, I wondered if it was getting through, and then she came home all excited about a short story she had written for the same class that had mentioned watching “The News” on a regular basis.

I’m not sure if we’re getting through, but we can only hope. Because everything else is.


Featured image By Sollok29 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


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A little cold today. #brrr #beach I'm gonna Momma Hen you all for a minute with a gentle reminder that giving kids access to social media accounts -- whether theirs or yours, whether they're "old enough" or not -- without any guidance or oversight is not so different from letting your kid drive a car on the highway without any training. The damage may not be physical, and with a little luck there wont be any damage at all, but...images seen cannot be unseen, words said cannot be unsaid, things heard cannot be unheard. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated, even when it's back to school after an extended break. #12 My #snowbird. She loves this weather and she loves the Sunday comics. #SNOW! Excited kids, more than forecast! #ncweather #ncwx #snow

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