About Lesley Bolton

Posts by Lesley Bolton:

At What Age Is a Cell Phone Appropriate?

My daughter’s ninth birthday is in a couple of weeks, and for the last several months, one present request has played over and over: a cell phone. “Mom, at least half my class has an iPhone already. If I’m too young for a phone, why do they get to have one?” It has been a difficult decision to make. My first instinct is to say, No way! Story already lives on her computer — not to mention tablet and mp3 player. She certainly doesn’t need yet another device. Add in the social pressures of Twitter, Facebook, and all the other apps kids use to abuse one another, and the kid isn’t going to get a phone until they have gone the way of the dodo. Even so, I have decided to get her a cell phone, and I’ll tell you why. (more…)

Strong, Smart, and Bold

As a single mom, co-owner of two businesses, full-time tech writer, CASA, sister, daughter, and friend, when I was given an opportunity to apply to be on the board of Girls Inc. of Monroe County, the decision should have been easy. And it was. I jumped right in. Yes, I am taking a bit of time away from my loved ones and responsibilities — and I do feel bad about that — but it is a cause that calls to my soul: “Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” (more…)

Stand by Your Words

Your kids have been bad this past week, haven’t they? Don’t worry; all the kids were bad this past week. I thought we were living an episode of The Twilight Zone. Turns out my theory wasn’t too far off. I was told by a rather chipper woman, who obviously did not have kids, that Mars is (or was?) in retrograde. Whatever the case, kids have been brats. Mine, yours, hers. All the kids. So, this is a good time for a PSA: To survive motherhood, you must mean what you say and stand by your words. (more…)

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ali and I wanted to hike during our Michigan vacation. And who can blame us? Have you seen those gorgeous forests and irresistible scenic views? But we had a problem: the girls. We knew ahead of time that our hike was guaranteed to be interrupted by three things: whining, more whining, and someone getting hurt after the whining didn’t have the intended effect. But we were determined and so we set about problem-solving. Threats never work, bribery works only unreliably, and indifference leads to exponential bad behavior. But, distraction might do the trick. (more…)