How’s your summer going?
Are you giving yourself enough grace? If I’m being honest, I’m in a too-much-grace phase.
I’m spending lots of time soaking up the nice days in a lounge chair on my deck. ‘Tis the season, right?
And, I’m not feeling too bad about it because, as the stores are already reminding us with back to school supplies, fall will be here before we know it.
Though, as frightening as that sounds, it’s also a good reminder that I’d better stop procrastinating because I still have boxes to tick on my summer to-do list!
Speaking of procrastination, our Insightful Video this week is a TED talk on the subject from a 9th grader. Grab your kids and watch it together then engage in a conversation about habits they can create now to prevent becoming a life-long procrastinator!
Last week we covered independence and it got me thinking…
Sure, this 18ish-year journey is all about setting our kids on a path to go it alone. But how do we ensure that they stay safe as we gradually release them into the wild?
Here’s how… we access the plethora of resources available to us and educate ourselves. And the good news?
We’ve started the work for you!
This week we’re tapping into Family Safety and we’re running the gamut.
Our Smart Reads cover internet safety, home safety, helping kids feel safe in stressful times, how to keep children safe as they grow up, safety preparedness drills and safety tips for teens going out alone – to name a few.
We have a podcast episode in our Grace in the Race Podcast Playlist about family fire safety. Does your family have an escape plan? Do you practice it?
And, our funny video at the end of the newsletter will keep safety on your mind all week long!
However, the main event this week is Amanda’s MotherShip app sneak peek video which covers our July Annual Project: The Family Safety Checklist. It is made up of… you guessed it… all things family safety!
The List: 15 Expert Resources for Moms (updated weekly!)
6 skimmable articles to offer perspective on this week’s topic, 8 informative and/or entertaining podcast episodes to make the chores fly by, and 1 insightful video to inspire you to move forward with grace.
📖 6 Skimmable Articles
🎗 Awareness 🏡 Home 🗂 Productivity 🥗 Wellness 🧗 Growth 👨👩👧👧 Family
🎗 Parenting is risky business
“Now that the risk of covid is starting to recede, our children are heading out into the big world again, often without us. And, naturally, most parents are feeling a bit worried, not just about viruses but about all the potential risks out there.”
Read Safety Rules Every Family Needs by Dr. Laura Markham
🥗 Learn how your child copes with stress
“A child’s age and maturity affect how they view and responds to stress. We can also teach children ways to better manage stress in their lives. If you understand how your child feels and copes with stress, you will be better able to help them deal with the stress.”
Read Helping Children Feel Safe in Stressful Times by Nationwide Children’s
🗂 What really keeps kids safe on the internet?
“To help kids maximize the Internet’s benefits — while minimizing the risks — we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe.”
Read Privacy and Internet Safety by Common Sense Media
👨👩👧👦 How to safely release our kids into the wild
“As children get old enough to be home or out in public on their own, these drills become even more important because they will not have you to give instructions in an emergency.”
Read Preparedness Drills to Do with Your Kids by Amy VR
🏡 There’s no place like home… keep it safe!
“In this section, you’ll learn about all the things you can do to help ensure that your kids get the freedom that comes from being active, healthy and safe at home.”
Read HOME SAFETY by Safe Kids Worldwide
🧗🏽♀️ Are you prepared to let your teen venture out alone?
“Most teens are eager for more freedom and parents often are nervous about what will happen when their children aren’t supervised.”
Read Independent teens: 9 safety tips for going out alone by Shine365
🎧 8 Podcast Episodes
📰 Newsletter Topic
💣 explicit language
🌭 frank content
⚠️ sensitive topic
📰 From how to use a fire extinguisher to mapping out a fire escape plan…
“We cover what you need to know. Many people overlook fire safety, but as we discuss in this episode, it can be the difference in life and death.”
Listen to The Secure Dad Podcast | Family Fire Safety (13 min)
👸🏻 Your ears will thank you for listenting to this one
“Batiste is the bandleader of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’ He joins us from his home piano where he plays music he wrote for the Pixar movie ‘Soul’ and songs from his album ‘We Are.’
Listen to Fresh Air | Bandleader Jon Batiste (48 min)
💡 You can eat healthy on a budget
“Dietitian Shana Spence joins Life Kit to share her tips to making nutritious meals without spending more than necessary.”
Listen to LifeKit: Money | 5 Steps To Eating Healthy On A Budget (10 min)
🤰🏻 The Sharing Place
⚠️”Heavyweight often features grownups grappling with childhood trauma. But in today’s Heavyweight Short, Jonathan visits a place where children grapple with trauma in the present. At The Sharing Place, kids talk about things most adults can’t even face.”
Listen to Heavyweight | The Sharing Place (22 min)
😎 Could YOU read your teenage diary in front of an audience?
“Is it possible to find love with someone you’re convinced is way cooler than you? Tales of teenagers who find themselves falling for someone they’re sure is totally out of their league.”
Listen to Mortified | Totally Out of My League (38 min)
🧗 Overcome “Time Poverty”
“Ashley Whillans shares how to get the most out of our social relationships and careers. “
Listen to TED | A simple strategy to reclaim your time (7 min)
👨👩👧👦 Learn the history of banks
“When banks first started thousands of years ago, they were known as places to borrow money, not to keep your own money safe. Borrowers often had to leave something valuable with the bank until they paid off the loan. To keep all that valuable stuff safe, banks became supersecure. That made them great places for everyday folks to deposit their money.”
Listen to Million Bazillion | The History of Banks (23 min)
⏭ Am I on another planet?
“Gloria explores the many places where childcare is working for parents. ‘Women are able to go back to work, families can actually afford good childcare, and the system more than pays for itself?’ Kristen Bell joins Gloria (from outer space) to clue her in on America’s very own top-secret, high-quality, federally-funded childcare system.”
Continue listening with us to No One is Coming to Save Us | Good Childcare *Can* Work | Episode 3 (51 min)
🎬 Insightful Video
Do you put the pro in procrastination?
“Procrastination is common in our world of distractions. Find out 3 tips for overcoming the bad habit of procrastination. Evan is a 9th grader at Treasure Mountain Junior High in Park City, Utah.”
Watch Procrastination | Evan Moulton | TEDxYouth@ParkCity (5:24)
That’s The List for this week!
Do you have go-to tips to add the Family Safety Checklist… or a take away from this week’s list? Drop us a note in the comments.
As always, we hope our newsletter inspires you to get your ship together and get through your week with grace.
Have a good one and please reach out if we can be helpful to you in any way!
Love & Grace,
Rachel & Amanda
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