How to keep track of your kids without being the overbearing mom

by Emma W.R. on September 16, 2015

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Let’s face it – these days, kids are just as busy as their parents. Playdates, recitals, sports practice, tutor sessions… it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to get them up for school in the morning! It can be hard to keep everyone’s schedules straight, but we have some tips on how to keep track of your kids – even if you’re just out for a day at the park or the mall.

1.    Think fashion forward. Headed out to a family event? Dress your son or daughter in bright colors or easily recognized outfits so that you can quickly pick them out in the crowd.
2.    Homework help. If your kids are having trouble finishing their assignments before they’re due, it’s probably because of the old “out of sight, out of mind” adage. Have them take their papers out of their backpacks and hang them on the fridge – the visual will remind them that they have work to do, and will allow you to keep track without being overbearing.
3.    There’s an app for that. You can’t be with your kids 24 hours a day, but there are GPS apps that let you keep tabs on them when you’re not around. Some will let you know when they’ve arrived and left their destinations; others will let you monitor your teen’s driving habits. Check out the following and find one that works for you: Canary, Life360, GPS Location Tracker.
4.    Surfing the web. It’s just good sense to monitor your child’s internet activity – whether through content managing software or through filtering and blocking services. Also, consider whether your child is old enough for a social media account – does a thirteen year old really need to be on Facebook? Keep in mind, you can friend your son or daughter, but if they’re computer savvy, they might just block you from seeing everything they post.

What ways do you keep track of your kids without being the overbearing mom? Share in the comment section!

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amanda November 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

I’ve never thought of Tip#1. We are always rushing, I will make sure to take a moment.

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Rachel November 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

Love Tip #1. We always dressed the kids in bright colors when they were small and made sure we knew who was wearing what.

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Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm

I think open communication is key. Really know your child, it will give you peace of mind.

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Becky October 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

I don’t know I really am not comfortable with GPS tracking my kids… seems like that’s way too much. All parents worry about their little ones, especially if they’re out and about, but I’d rather build a relationship founded in trust. Tracking seems so violating and impersonable… I feel like communicating with your children consistently throughout the day (little check ins here and there, updates on your own life and inquiries about there’s) is a much better way to keep tabs on them and know what their up to; it’s less harsh and it’s sure to strengthen the bond between parent and child.

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Tone O October 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Its so hard these days to be on top of your kids and making sure nothing happens behind your back. The best method is Trust and staying on top of things Every Day.

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Anthony October 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Kids these days are exposed to a lot more than when I was a child, with phones and the internet it’s the duty of us as parents to watch out for them. The internet is a wonderful and terrible place, simple filters can save you a lifetime of problems with your kids. Just Google how to block websites of whatever category you like and save yourself a lot of questions with the kids. Not overbearing at all in my opinion. They’ll find out about things as they grow up regardless or when you see fit.

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Lydia September 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

it is so tough these days! hard not to worry about your kids, but you want them to be independent as well. all about balance.

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sp September 25, 2015 at 4:37 pm

I’m not an overbearing mom. My daughter is a teen and usually goes out on the weekends and if she is going to be late or spending the night at a friends she always calls and ask or let me know. My son who is younger is allowed to go out in the front of my apartment building with the other kids. I have front windows so I can keep an eye on him easily. If he is going any where he lets me know and asks me if its ok.

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Jill September 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm

So sad this day and age, afraid to let your kids just be kids and run around the neighborhood. Signal for us to come home was when the street lights came on.

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Raquel September 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

Great tips! I especially agree with the tip about watching what kids do on the internet. Nowadays, in my opinion kids are way too computer-savvy. I did an internship at a middle school and most of the kids were on facebook and able to friend or talk to anyone they wanted to on there. It seems incredibly unsafe, because at that age they are young and naïve, and will trust anybody they talk to online…even though it is so easy to lie about who you are on the internet! I think parents need to be very careful when monitoring their child’s internet usage! Age appropriate parental controls should always be implemented!

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Helen September 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I definitely recommend monitoring your kids’ internet use.

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Anna September 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Having kids today is scary; I am so glad mine are all grown up. Sometimes I wonder how we all grew up unharmed, we never thought about seat belts or helmets all we were afraid not to do our homework on time.

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