Welcome to the 5th episode of Parenting in the Future Podcast with special guest, Fiona Allen! Fiona, our 13 year old daughter, joined us and gave us information about the apps all the teens are using, and told us her take on mental health, technology, and what it is like to be a teen. Chris reviewed … Continue reading Parenting in the Future Episode 5: Teens, Technology, and Mental Health
Controlling the Future: Goal setting and New Year’s resolutions
Happy New Year: This week we interview our daughter, Sofia Allen. Sofia shares her opinion about life as an Allen kid and talks about her Wildly Important Goals (WIGS) and her New Year's Resolutions. We all talk about the Allen Family New Year's Resolutions, including more balance in our non-nutritional use of technology and food. … Continue reading Controlling the Future: Goal setting and New Year’s resolutions
It is no secret that compatibility is really important for a healthy relationship. The misnomer that opposites attract has gotten lots of us in trouble, so I was really curious to see just how compatible my husband’s character strengths are with mine. I LOVE a good survey, and the VIA Character Strengths survey was a … Continue reading Similarities Attract
Parenting in the Future Podcast 2: Gun Show
Gun Show: Kim and Chris talk about their muscles; mental muscles, that is! In this episode, we learn about Kim and Chris' expertise: parenting, relationships, technology, and family coaching. They talk about smart phones and children, life balance wheel, and happy relationships. Referenced article: http://www.thecoaches.com/docs/resources/toolkit/pdfs/18-Wheel-of-Life-Exercise.pdf
Introducing Parenting in the Future Podcast
Parenting in the Future Episode 1: Allen Family Bullying, Relationships, & Empathy Kim and Chris talk about their experiences of bullying in response to the CDCs new definition of bullying; healthy relationships and using empathy as a way to get along; and they introduce themselves and talk about the goals of their new podcast. Articles … Continue reading Introducing Parenting in the Future Podcast
ADHD Brain: no place for the mundane
Did you see the article called A Natural Fix for ADHD by Richard Friedman in the NY Times on Halloween? I saw it because my child's curriculum assistance teacher sent me an email saying "It soooo makes me think of Fiona...especially when they mention the nomadic people. We are just talking about her traveling the world." … Continue reading ADHD Brain: no place for the mundane
A Word from My Daughter
I write a lot about my 13 year-old daughter, Fiona, and her struggle with mental illness. She actually does a lot of writing herself, so today I share with you something she wrote for her school newspaper. Ribbons By Fiona Allen About 40,000 people will commit suicide this year. That's the same amount of people … Continue reading A Word from My Daughter
Love is a piece of cake. Love is a biscuit recipe at the State Fair
I have many perks to my job, one of which is getting to be a judge for the cookies, cakes, breads, and candies submitted to the North Carolina state fair. I love this job! One, I get to eat cake. Oh how I love cake. Two, I get to judge with my husband. How I … Continue reading Love is a piece of cake. Love is a biscuit recipe at the State Fair
Using technology to engage families.
Greetings from Portland, Oregon where I’m about to do a seminar on using social media to better reach families at the Oregon Parent Education Conference #OPECConf. I did a similar seminar last week in South Carolina for a group of Adlerian psychologists. I’ve done this seminar enough to know that there are the lovers and the … Continue reading Using technology to engage families.
Please let me sleep, Mom!
I suspect anyone that has to wake up teens already knew this, but the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends a later school start time for middle and high school students. This is because of the natural sleep cycle and schedules of our busy teens. Lack of sleep = public health and academic performance issues. … Continue reading Please let me sleep, Mom!