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Juuling-A New Trend

Juuling is something I had never heard of till recently. I follow a lot of pages on social media to keep up on the trends and “sneaky” ways children are getting around things these days(I sound old). I creep my kids and their friends…and anything/anyone that seems out of place or I don’t understand, you can bet your ass that I am searching to find what it is/means.  Yes, I would fall under the “helicopter mom”.

The other day an article scrolled across my feed “Juuling: The Most Widespead Phenomenom You’ve Never Heard Of.” The story is a few months old but after google searching it some more, it’s real and it’s a problem!

I worry about my children, I worry about the one who resides in her own home, goes to college, works and pays her bills, I worry about the impressionable 16 year old who has already had a brush with the law and I worry about my 7 year old and cannot fathom what will be “trendy & cool” as she grows. I worry about other children and their exposure to these things..I cannot begin to imagine the pressure of a child in these years. The “Tide Pod” challenge is beyond my comprehension. I see programs where teenagers are going to be spending life in prison for throwing rocks off an overpass and killing someone-and this isn’t the first time they had done this…rocks, chairs, grocery carts…-they KILLED someone, took away this man from his family, his future!  Sex trafficking, drugs, drinking and driving, teenage pregnancy and so much more.

So- if I am a helicopter mom, then so be it. Do my kids think I am nosy and meddling, yes they do. Do they think I am annoying, yes they do. And honestly, I don’t care. Some day-they will understand.

 

Love to All-Kim

 

 

Time For Yourself-Here We Go AGAIN!

Taking time for yourself…we’ve talked and talked and talked…..about this so many times before. I just don’t know that I can stress how important that is. And feel like it’s something that should be discussed repeatedly until each and everyone is doing so!

I use to read, and read ALOT! I don’t use a tablet(although I tried) and nothing beats the smell and feel of a book. I would go to the library 2-3 times a week and check out 5-6 books at a time.Even with having 3 children! I am a fast reader, and most of what I read I skim read. It takes no time for me to get through an entire book. I have a little rule when I check out books: 1 book for knowledge, and the rest for entertainment purposes.  My book reading was always my “movies”. And when it comes to my knowledge book they can range anywhere from a self help, history,… to a personal memoir.

My point in all this is that I noticed when I started taking my personal inventory a bit back that I had begun to use Netflix and social media as a form of enjoyment and quit reading all together…I am not sure why…I was never much on TV programs and watched movies with my family. Now I was binge watching shows, and constantly checking out what there was for new movies. Instead of reading before bed to wind down I was scrolling my social media accounts. Now-social media is what I do, it’s what help pays my bills, it’s my “bread & butter” so as you can imagine I view social media alllllll day as it is! Social Media is a great tool and a great way to meet up with old friends and new. I work alone in my office most days for 9+ hours a day, and have little to no contact to the “outside world”. I feel like my personal accounts keep me in touch with what is going on in the world, my family and friends afar, etc….I won’t be giving that up but I will be reading more. It’s what I enjoy, it’s always been what I like to do and I am not sure why I stopped reading…at this point it doesn’t matter why I stopped. I enjoy it and it’s for me! Taking care of me! Because, how can I be good for anyone else if I am not good for myself? Don’t give up the things you enjoy because there isn’t enough time in the day…make time…5, 10, 30 minutes. Whatever amount of time have you need to do it for YOU! YOU deserve it.

Do we have any book lovers out there?  I would love to hear any suggestions on titles that you would have 🙂

 

Love to All-

Kim