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November 25, 2014

Children today are growing up in a very different world than their parents did. The Internet changed the way the world works and the way we do business, paving the way for people all across the globe to connect, share and trade. There are so many advantages that have come out of this technology growth and boom. Aside from being a playground of ideas and a massive source of information, it has the ability to shape and influence young minds both positively and negatively. Social media has been a huge part of the way people connect; from Twitter to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, media publications, YouTube and Internet blogs.
We have created an environment of quick and easy access to just about anything and everyone, including the rich and famous. At any given point, we can follow what Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber are doing, eating and wearing. The privacy walls have come down for the most part, making people an open book, free for all to peek into.
As parents, I think we try to foster a healthy lifestyle, perspective and attitude; facilitating the uniqueness and individual beauty of your own child. The reality is that it is hard to go up against the YOLO, TBT, and WINNING movements that our children are exposed to and competing with everyday. I suppose the parental guidance movement is not as cool. Given what parents are up against these days, we need to be able to find a way to connect to our kids no matter what new technology or "movement" hits the scene.
It really starts with you. As parents we need to go out of our way to stay "in the know" with all that is being put out there, but most importantly, we need to find positive, motivating and uplifting resources to put the spin on all the, let's face it - garbage, that is out there stealing our children's attention and minds. I can't give step-by-step guidance on exactly how to succeed at this great task, I don't think anyone has really figured it out, but I will share with you a few findings that I feel may be helpful.
Sandi Krakowski, entrepreneur, social media expert, business consultant, teacher, mom and author with her book, "#BEMORE: 77 secrets to your powerful life", has been featured in USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine and is noted by Forbes as one of the top 20 online marketers of 2014 and top 50 social media power influencers. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The unique thing about Sandi is that she is a marketer with a moral compass, and imparts faith in everything she does.
Everyone has different ideas of faith and belief. Faith is the core of her book, but it is the overall message and encouragement that is for everyone, regardless of what you believe or not. The book is filled with positive inspiration that can be applied to everything. Whether you want to have a better life and put things into a positive perspective, or if you are looking for a way to help with connecting positivity and inspiration to your kids, topics like dreaming big, never giving up, being authentically you and living as an example for others are all topics that can be applied when cultivating your relationship with your child. This is not necessarily a book for your child or teenager, it is for you to put your spin on it, for your child, in a language that they understand. #YOLO out and #BEMORE in. The book even has "tweetable" quotes to inspire, how great is that! Now you are definitely speaking their language. Inspiring your kids to #BEMORE, now that's the kind of movement we should be a part of.
Secret #39 in #BEMORE" by Sandi Krakowski is "Be someone worth following and looking up to! We need modern-day heroes this generation can look up to! Be real! Be powerful!
Love & hugs!
o Bianca Carter is a certified lactation counselor (CLC), and founder of Bun in the Oven. For more information, call 242-601-6977 or visit her at the Harbour Bay Plaza. Follow on Facebook at babybunintheoven, or visit www.babybunintheoven.com. Source: http://www.thebemorebook.com.

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News date : 11/25/2014    Category : Health, Nassau Guardian Stories

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