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How to Keep Check on Your Kid’s Texting

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It is the responsibility of every parent to keep their kids safe. The new technologies have reduced the communication gap, but they have also increased the security risks. Texting is one form of communication in which your kid could contact any person without you knowing. The whole conversation could be completed by keeping the cell on silent mode.

There are different ways by which parents could check whom the kid is texting to. Whichever method you select depends on how sneaky you want to be. The simplest but the toughest way is to go to your kid and ask whom they text – but obviously, many parents wouldn’t want to opt this method. Almost all the parents want to know the activities of their kids without them knowing. Here are some methods from which you can select:

Keep an Eye on What you Pay:

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If you want to have the texting information in the form of numbers only, then look at your phone bill. It provides an insight of who is texting your kid. Along with texting, it will also provide you the information of all the outgoing and incoming calls. There are some companies that even provide the time of texting and calling.

Hold the Phone in Your Hands:

Peeking is another option here. If you are concerned about your kid’s texting but don’t want to ask, then you can pick their phone and physically check it when they are not around. It is the quickest way but the problem is, if you get caught, your kid might never trust you again. But you can use your parent power here, if you find something inappropriate.

Go For Qustodio

Qustodio is a miraculous parental control software for the parents who don’t want to use the old methods of sneaking and peeking but still want to know what their kids are doing. If you are highly worried about your kid’s texting, then you can take the benefit from this paid service. Not only texting, but Qustodio allows you to know all the call history, visited websites and the used applications. It could not only provide you with the recent text sent or received, but it has an exclusive feature of showing you the text that has already been deleted from the phone.

Spyzie is Another Option

Spyzie is another amazing service to see your kid’s texting, but it is also a paid service and offered with different subscription levels. You could select the one you like. It is not just any text monitoring app that reads and stores the text for you. But it is a complete package that you may find handy if you are an old school parent. This stealthy app alerts you whenever there’s an inappropriate word being used in the text. Another amazing feature of this app is translating acronym. So whenever a new slang appears on the internet, this app knows and also makes you fully understand what that acronym really means. For instance, if a kid uses OMG, it translates it for you into Oh My God.

 

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Thinking about the future can go together with parenting. But what does this mean for us?

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My husband and I fought about when we would become parents. As the years went by, it was never the right time. We were just teenagers, away from our family in London and residing in a tiny basement apartment. We wanted to settle with our jobs and in a city living in a house that we owned – before we decided to have the joy of having a child. It was like things parents or actual adults should be able to enjoy.

In the end, we wouldn’t be as worried as we do. Our daughter and our sons were raised by two parents who are deeply concerned about their health and well-being. As with many parents, we set away many of our desires to give our kids the most fulfilling possible life we could. After more than a decade of being the new parents who were shattered, we are now taking more confident steps in our journey as parents. Our children are happy, healthy, and flourishing.

Of course, as most parents, we fret about whether the gift we offer to our children is sufficient. What would be more beneficial for us to send them to private schools (even though the concept of private education opposes all of our convictions)? Do our kids need to be involved in more activities after school? Do we have enough money saved to provide them with a financial advantage as they grow older?

Concerning the future, it seems, goes with the responsibility of parenting. We think about what kind of world we’ll leave our children, and many of these concerns affect our children’s lives. We aren’t just concerned about what kind of person our children will become, but how well we’ve prepared our children with the necessary tools to live fulfilling lives.

In the end, what does worry get us? It’s not likely to alter the future. I began to meditate around the time when I was going to become a mother in the very first instance. one of the things I’ve learned was that while I cannot determine what’s coming up in the future, however, I do have control over what the way I view my current. I am in power at least – what’s happening at the moment. While I cannot alter my children’s future by thinking about it, I can make a difference in their lives by providing them with the best possible childhood that I can.

In her novel The Philosophical Baby, Alison Gopnik writes about how, as parents and caregivers, we influence an essential aspect of our children’s lives, and that’s their childhood. She discusses a project in Michigan where children with disadvantaged backgrounds were provided with committed caregivers. This could be observed 20-30 years later when these children had been “more prosperous, better educated, healthier and less likely to go to jail.” To them.

Similar to that, Michael Delman, in his book Your Kid’s Gonna is Okay, says: “For our children, our patience, kindness, and encouragement will pay better dividends than constantly wringing our hands and telling them how anxious we are about them.”

It is possible that among the best things that we could do to our kids is think less about the future and instead focus on their immediate. In the best way we can be able, we can provide our children with an experience that will keep them in good standing.

In Western societies, we tend to spend most of our time thinking about our children’s future and perhaps even to their disadvantage in the end, as Gopnik has pointed out in the book The Gardener and the Carpenter. Instead of worrying about their futures, perhaps it is better to be worried about what might someday be their past. After all, unlike their futures, our children’s past is the only thing we have some degree of control over.

It’s not to say that we as parents won’t fail or that life doesn’t bring us into situations that we cannot control. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of the fundamental needs of our children and not take the necessary steps to help them achieve success. However, perhaps the stress and stressing over whether we’re doing enough isn’t so crucial?

The positive side is that if you’re thinking these thoughts, chances are you’re already a fantastic caregiver and are putting your children’s needs at the forefront. The most important thing is that we’re with our children. Regardless of how much time we can dedicate during a day, we ensure it’s an uninterrupted time that isn’t cluttered with distractions.

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