Phone or Family:  Who Are We Vacationing With?

Phone or Family: Who Are We Vacationing With?

As featured on Gaia Insights July 25, 2015 – – As long as Gen X can remember, family vacation was a sacred time to bond, to play games like checkers, chess and Tripoley and to reminisce about really crazy antics from past vacations, usually by our parents, that would surely have some of us in jail […]

On the Road and Off the Grid with Gen Z

On the Road and Off the Grid with Gen Z

I’m going rogue this week by sharing a personal story about a trip I just took with my two Gen Zs. It’s a story about my technology obsessed family and what happens when we travel outside the US and off the grid. Over the border and into the woods, to a week without Wi-Fi we go. I’m […]

‘Tis the Season to Think like a Gen Z

‘Tis the Season to Think like a Gen Z

My Gen Zees came home from school today proudly chanting a phrase they learned at their fairly diverse and non-discriminating school, “Happy Christmahanakwanzika” I love it – a playful and politically correct way to wish everyone a happy holiday, whatever it is they celebrate, without offending or excluding any specific religion. However, amidst the glorious […]

Gen Z is in a Conundrum

Gen Z is in a Conundrum

Have you heard the hype? Word on the street is Generation Z will grow up and rock the world! Technical genius, intelligence, creativity, the entrepreneurial spirit, and cool pragmatism all point to Gen Z being poised for success. Employers, marketers, and companies around the world are ready and waiting for Gen Z to start changing […]

Instilling a Hard Work Ethic

Instilling a Hard Work Ethic

Do your Gen Zs do chores? Or shall I say, do you get them to do chores? I do…and it’s often a battle but it’s one battle I won’t give up. Every Sunday we schedule time for the family to do chores. The kids clean up their rooms, fold their laundry, my son does heavy or […]

Look Up – by Gary Turk

Have you seen this startling poetic lecture about why we – Gen Zs and adults – need to LOOK UP from our screens?  It’s a must see for all ages whether you have kids or not. Technology enables us to keep in touch, but doesn’t really make us feel truly connected. “Socializing” virtually doesn’t count […]

The Mini Me Gen Zs

The Mini Me Gen Zs

As an observer of all things Gen Z, I come across many conflicting labels of this emerging generation: from technical, intelligent and frugal to lazy, anti-social and overweight. Trend and brand agencies release these huge reports on Gen Z, trying to squeeze all Gen Zs into the same consumer box before many can read or […]

Battle Hymn of the Cyber Mom

Someone recently asked me if I call myself a “Tiger Mom” based on the amount of limitations I place on my Gen Zs when it comes to technology (ok, and a few other things).  I replied, “I’m not a “Tiger Mom”, but I think of myself as a “Cyber Mom”.  I’m a working mom who […]

Cyberbullying: Social Media Needs to Take Social Responsibility

Cyberbullying and its impact on Gen Z is on the rise. It’s so dangerous that 20% of kids cyberbullied think about committing suicide. And unfortunately, some do just like 12-year old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, and she’s one of the youngest on a growing list. At this fragile stage of life where already 4,500 kids commit […]

What “Snorting Screens” Means for Gen Z

Let’s face it:  most of us are obsessed with our screens. We snort screens like drugs because we can’t get enough.  But as a result, we are faced with a bigger problem:   Internet addiction.  This is a concern for all of us,  but for Gen Z, this addiction will be even more intense and pervasive. […]