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Why My Kids Do Schoolwork Over Summer Break

My kids think that I’m the meanest parent alive because I make them spend an hour or two doing schoolwork most days during the summer break. And I’m ok with that. Some parents also think that it’s ridiculous that I make my kids work on schoolwork and read actual books. I think it’s really important that kids keep learning and keep their momentum going.

Summer break is usually 8-12 weeks and that’s a long time for kids. It’s easy for them to lose all the good study habits and the work ethic that we enforce during the school year. And when kids don’t have structured time to learn, it takes them weeks to get back into a good routine when they go back to school. We can still go on family road trips together and have fun. 

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Our Kids Still Go Camping

Still Enjoying Summer

That doesn’t mean that they don’t get to play and be kids. They go camping for several weeks during the summer and we try to get in at least one family vacation even if it’s just a day trip locally. They do get time to do nothing and to play outside or go to the pool. But I don’t want my kids playing video games or on the computer for hours and hours each day.

So I’ll happily accept the title of Meanest Parent Ever for telling my kids they need to spend a couple of hours doing homework. After they can go outside and play with their friends or ride their bikes to tennis camp or volleyball camp. I want my kids to grow up valuing education and learning how to work hard. I use my cell phone spy on them to keep them safe.  

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Kids Playing Outside

Online Schoolwork

If you want your kids to keep learning over the summer you can find fantastic resources for lessons at online homeschool sites like Khan Academy. There are lesson plans, study materials, and advice on how to get your kids in a productive study routine. Everything you need to keep your kids learning all summer is there.

And you can easily connect with homeschool families who keep their kids learning all year long too and get some great advice. There are plenty of resources online for parents that want to help their kids keep learning throughout the summer to get them ready for the new school year. Check out my last post the Avengers Infinity War

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Avengers Infinity War Is Here

Avengers Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War is finally going to be in theaters this Friday April 27th. Here is the final trailer for Avengers Infinity War if you haven’t seen it. Die-hard Marvel fans like myself and my children are extremely excited for this much anticipated movie. It’s going to be a huge hit at the box office, and many of the theaters are already selling out of tickets. Comic fans and casual fans alike are getting pumped up for this premiere. 

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The Cast Of Avengers

The reason that Infinity War is so exciting is that virtually every Marvel movie since Iron Man has been building up to this moment. Including the movies Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, and Black Panther. They’ve all been building up to the showdown between The Avengers and Thanos. Even the Guardians of the Galaxy films have merely been “rising action” for what is going to happen in Infinity War.

Understanding The Movie

Thanos

To understand what’s going on in Infinity War, it’s important to know who Thanos is. He’s an extra-terrestrial being, who we were introduced to during the two Guardians of the Galaxy films. Loki, Thor’s brother, was employed by Thanos to retrieve the Tesseract from Earth. The Tesseract is, of course, an Infinity Stone.

Infinity Stones

What Thanos is after in Infinity War are the Infinity Stones. These are the small, colored crystals that are seen throughout The Avengers films and in Guardians of the Galaxy. A yellow one can be seen giving Vision, formerly known as Jarvis, his power.

The Avengers

This film is going to be the biggest gathering of Avengers we have seen yet. Some, like Black Panther, might not have been formerly inducted, but we assume they will be there. Captain America is making an appearance, after battling Iron Man during Civil War. Thor is back as well, after sitting Civil War out but having another of his own solo film’s earlier this year.

 

The sad truth about this movie, so it seems, is that at least one of The Avengers is going to meet their end. It’s common knowledge that Robert Downey Jr. is tired of playing Iron Man. It is safe to assume that he is going to be killed off at some point, and it could very well be during this film. Keep your eyes off your phone unless you’re using a cell phone spy

Are you Ready?

Whatever happens, it’s surely going to have serious effects on the Marvel Universe as we know it. Anyone who enjoys the Marvel movies is likely excited about this film. Be sure to get your tickets before they all sell out. Leave your other streaming devices and go to the movies this weekend!

 

 

A cell phone spy app won't tell you if you're an internet troll.

I Was A Social Media Troll And I Didn’t Realize It

I have a really interesting story to share about an old friend of mine. They found out they were an Internet troll and had no idea. Read on!

“Everyone hates social media trolls right? They’re obnoxious. They’re usually pretty mean and belligerent. They argue with everyone and try to discredit any type of reputable claim. They’re the worst. Well I was one, and I didn’t know it. Not even a cell phone spy app could have told me. I had no idea how my online behavior made me look or what people thought of the posts I was making. I thought everyone on social media behaved that way. Especially on Facebook. People share news stories, comment on other people’s shared pieces, and voice their opinions. But it turns out not everyone does it the way I was doing it. I almost needed a text spy to figure it out.

What Made Me Notice

I noticed after posting some things that a few people had unfriended me, but I didn’t know why. I figured that’s just how it is on social media. Sometimes people unfriend you or move on. But then I noticed that some of the other moms at my kid’s school would avoid me or hurry to end conversations when I would strike up a conversation with them at pick up or drop off. I had no idea why. I looked through my news pages about cell phone spy issues and looked for answers. This went on for a couple of months until I vented to one of my friends at our mommy coffee group one day. Rolling her eyes like she’d had enough, she told me that the reason everyone was unfriending me and avoiding me was because I was an internet troll.

A Troll?

I was stunned. A troll? Me? How could that be? I was just edgy. And vocal about my opinions. Or so I thought. But my friends sat down with me and went over some of my posts with me to show me how what I posted and typed was being taken as troll behavior. I was mortified when they pointed out to me all the times I was needlessly mean or argumentative and all the times I dismissed the opinions of others. I felt like a horrible person. I made some big changes in my online behavior after that. I didn’t want to be the troll in the group. I wanted my friends to like me, and I wanted my online behavior to represent the best of my personality, not the worst.

Do you have a cell phone spy app to stop you?
The Internet Troll, what an awful social media persona.

Conclusion

So, if you have noticed people unfriending you lately or avoiding you online and offline, you might be a troll and not realize it too. Go back and look at your social media posts. Is the tone helpful and friendly or angry and surly? Do you argue with lots of people? Do you block anyone that doesn’t agree with you? Is everything that you post kind of negative or angry? If so, you could be a troll. Don’t use your cell phone spy app to figure it out, just see the problems.

Now is the perfect time to go back through your social media and clean up your posts. Be more thoughtful in how you treat people online and make sure that you’re not being overly negative. It’s not too late to stop troll behavior and save your friendships. This is just one way to use Facebook, but there are plenty of others.

Purchase electronics this year that can help you do a cell phone lookup.

Shopping For Electronics In 2018

So much has changed in the last few years, especially when it comes to purchasing electronics. If you’re like me, then you love having the newest, shiniest, and fastest computers and smartphones out there. You can use these devices for all kinds of things, from doing a cell phone lookup to storing family photos. The big problem with buying electronics is that they depreciate even faster than cars do, which as we all know is incredibly fast.

But because there are so many distractions bombarding each and every one of us every single day, it’s hard to stay focused on what’s important, like buying the newest iPhone or MacBook. Luckily, there is hope. So many websites out there offer competitive deals on laptops, tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, and other electronics that your family needs.

Tips For Buying Electronics In 2018

Buy Used

The other thing that buying electronics has in common with buying cars is that it’s cheaper to get both used. Just like buying a used car, though, buying used electronics can be a bit tricky. But as long as the device is in decent shape, restoring it to factory settings should make it as good as new.

While electronics depreciate quickly, they’ll last a long time as long as you take care of them. Be sure to handle them with care every time you use them for a cell phone lookup. So, go with a used model the next time you buy an expensive electronic device. Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and the 5miles app are all great places to search for people around you who are selling their electronics.

Don’t Go To Best Buy

It’s not just Best Buy, but any electronic retail store. Nowadays, there are too many websites that sell electronics closer to wholesale prices. These stores have to pay sales people and cashiers, and in order to do so, they have to charge more for their store’s products.

Order Online

The best tech deals are online.
You can usually find better tech deals online.

The better alternative is to do a cell phone lookup and shop online. Online giant Amazon has been at the forefront of the internet retail market for the past few years, but they aren’t the only reputable online vendor of electronic devices.

Another great online store is Newegg, which sells all sorts of gadgets. They even have a free shipping service called Newegg Premier, which is similar to Amazon Prime.

If you prefer getting into a bidding war, there’s always eBay. You can get cheaper prices, but you run the risk of buying used products that might be a bit out of shape. Sometimes, though, that better deal is just worth it.

When it comes to electronics, there are a ton of choices out there. A good guideline is to take the time to shop around before you make a purchase, unless it’s something you need right away. Buy used electronics when you can, and maybe sell your old ones to make room in your home and your budget for the new ones you want!

See what your children watch with a text message spy.

The Top 3 Streaming Services

More and more people are cutting the cord and switching to streaming services. While most people just have Netflix, there are some of us who have subscriptions to multiple services, such as Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Showtime. Some people prefer having a bigger movie selection, and others just want to binge watch their favorite TV shows with their family. In addition, there are a few parents who like using a text message spy to keep track of what their children are watching. Which streaming service should you use? I’ve put together a small guide about the most popular ones.

Netflix

Netflix is great for families.
Both kids and parents love Netflix.

Netflix is everyone’s go-to for movies, TV series, and more. That’s because it has a little bit of everything. From classic sitcoms like “Friends,” to Disney movies that the whole family loves, to original supernatural series like “Stranger Things,” Netflix is a one-stop entertainment source. Its parental controls help parents rest easy, even if they don’t have a text message spy app installed on their child’s phone. Plus, Netflix starts at only $8 a month. Personally, I think that it’s best for people who are really into all kinds of movies, because its collection is a little sparse when it comes to both classic and newer releases.

Hulu

Hulu, on the other hand, is more geared toward people who are big fans of broadcast television. Some of the most successful shows of all time, like “Seinfeld” and “Will & Grace,” are exclusive to Hulu. It also offers new episodes of shows that are currently running on major networks, such as “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” They’re usually available to watch the day after their network premiere.

Amazon Prime Video

If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, then this is a no-brainer. It already comes with your membership, along with other perks such as two-day free shipping. However, if you aren’t interested in Amazon Prime, you can subscribe to their streaming service for just $9 a month. Amazon Prime Video offers a good mix of TV shows, movies, and original programming such as “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Plus, it’s the only streaming service that has the rights to the incredibly popular “Downton Abbey.”

I never thought my daughter would be a victim of cyberbullying.

My Child Was Cyberbullied

Like most parents, I never thought my child would end up being a victim of cyberbullying. I knew what cyberbullying was, and how prevalent it still is, but it never occurred to me that it might happen to my daughter. I’d say my daughter is above average; she’s about to graduate from Carnegie Mellon, after all. But when she was still in high school, she was a typical teen. She had friends and would play sports after school. For some reason, I assumed that only kids who were loners or too “different” had to deal with cyberbullying. But any child can be a victim. And it can happen to your kids too.

The Warning Signs

My daughter didn’t want to tell me what was going on. I noticed that she was starting to become more withdrawn and anxious. She stopped going on social media as much as she used to. Then, she wanted to skip sports practices and stopped going out with her friends. Her best friend’s mom, who used to share the driving with me, made up an excuse to stop carpooling.

My daughter avoided me and her friends.
I could tell there was something wrong when my daughter started avoiding me.

At that point, I asked my daughter if she and her best friend had a fight or weren’t speaking. She burst into tears and said that her former best friend was being mean to her online. Then, she showed me her phone. There were dozens of text messages from her former friend and other classmates saying hateful things. They all called my daughter terrible names and told her to commit suicide. I quickly logged into her Facebook account and saw dozens of similar messages. My daughter was a victim of cyberbullying. And even worse, her former friend had years worth of secrets, stories, and other personal information that she was using against her.

How I Stepped In

At first, I didn’t know what to do. I felt so helpless. But I knew that I needed proof if I wanted other people to believe me. I started taking screenshots of every post and message. For good measure, I took screen shots of these kids’ profiles in case they deleted them. Once I printed everything out, I called the principal of her school to demand a meeting.

Originally, the principal told me that the school couldn’t get involved because the bullying was online, not on school property. But then I pointed out that some of the messages had to have been posted from school computers. These messages were posted during the day and students aren’t allowed to have cell phones with them while school is in session. After that, the principal changed his story.

I then demanded to meet with the parents of the kids who had been cyberbullying my daughter. When they tried to say they wasn’t their kids, I showed them the screen shots I took. Some of the parents weren’t surprised, but some were. However, all of them were embarrassed. The problem didn’t stop right away, but it did eventually. If your child is a victim of cyberbullying, the best thing parents can do is get involved. Get proof. Get the authorities involved, if necessary. Don’t stop fighting for your child until the situation is resolved.