Mandy Majors is a normal mom with two kids. She’s in the trenches with us, trying to figure out how to help her kids navigate the dangers of the internet. What makes this normal mom a Super Mom is her willingness to reach out to the rest of us and offer a roadmap for the crazy parenting journey.
In her book TALK: A Practical Approach to Cyberparenting and Open Communication, Majors tackles, what she considers to be, the key to successful parenting: open communication. Majors offers suggestions for confidently addressing difficult topics with our children. She stresses that no filter or guideline take the place of open communication between a parent and child.
TALK addresses difficult topics head-on with grace and bravery.
- Phones and Contracts
- Social Media
- Mass Shootings and Terrorism
- Sex Talks and Masturbation
- Attitude and Body Changes
I expected TALK to provide a list of technology do’s and don’t’s. This changes so fast, this kind of book would be outdated before it released. Instead, TALK is full of parenting principles that focus on communication and relationships. This approach takes work, but it is the best way to address the dynamic dangers tweens face.
Majors offers suggested guidelines for phones, tablets, and social media (including a sample phone contract). This is a great starting point for parents. She also provides help for difficult conversations about sex, transgender issues, and pornography. Not every topic addressed is taboo. Majors addresses lighter issues such as dress codes, dating, and body changes.
Majors shares her own cyberparenting journey. She includes real-life examples of difficult discussions with her own children. TALK inspires the reader to look for opportunities to talk about all kinds of things during the natural rhythms of life.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deut. 6:7 NKJV)
Parents of tweens will want to read straight through this well-written, engaging book. It is definitely a book to keep close at hand for future reference. I finished the book feeling empowered to be an intentional and engaged parent.
Majors heads up an online ministry for parents called nextTalk. She shares helpful articles, information about dangerous games and apps, and encouraging memes. Connect with Mandy on her blog MandyMajors.com, Facebook (nextTalk), Twitter (@nextTalkOrg), and Instagram (@nexttalkorg). Read her Hollywood Jesus interview here.
TALK: A Practical Approach to Cyberparenting and Open Communication is available now on Amazon.