I am really at that point, friends, of wanting to move away and start fresh. Just get away from everything and start with a clean slate. My children have been hurt too many times, my heart has been broken too many times. Starting in a new place would be hard and have a period of adjustment. I would miss some people for sure, but that is what Skype and email and summers are for. Social media has become a horrible nightmarish monster for kids and parents alike. I feel like I am constantly steeling myself for new reports of "I saw ____ on Facebook and you child wasn't with them. Did you know they were left out?". "Why wasn't (insert child here) at ____'s party?". Uh, well they weren't invited. It sucks. And children are given access to social media before the given age listed in the rules for the website. They are not emotionally mature enough to handle the responsibility of using said media. Their parents don't understand why we don't allow our children to have these apps until the actual given date. I'm not saying every child is not responsible. Not at all. But boy those who aren't really know how to tear a person down. My sixth grader is the only one of her friends not to have Instagram. She is eleven. And she will not have it until she fulfills the requirement of rule number one: you must be 13.
Sorry. I will get off of my high horse. When my iphone account is linked to those of my children and therefore I receive all of their text messages on my phone(annoying but informative), I see things arriving that hurt my heart and scare the crap out of me. No, I can't shelter my children forever, but I can sure do my absolute best to shape them into responsible and kind young people. No I can't keep them from hurt feelings or hurting feelings, but I can make for damn sure that they don't want to make anyone feel hurt on purpose.
I'm going to try to go to bed and sleep. I doubt it will happen.
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