Happy New Year from the MamaBear team! Well . . . do you have your New Year’s Resolutions planned? They are so hard to stick to, right? It’s hard because it’s discipline. Ultimately, New Year’s resolutions are all about discipline and accountability. Working out when we say we’re going to work out. Skipping fries when we say we’re going to cut carbs. Consistency is hard to maintain with new habits. We’ve all broken a few resolutions here or there, and we all know how hard it can be to maintain constant discipline.
If we, as adults, have a hard time with discipline, it is no wonder that our kids battle with it just as much. It’s human nature to want to explore and push boundaries. I haven’t found a parent yet that says, “My kids do exactly what they are supposed to after being told just one time.” As many parents know, it’s about consistent reinforcement.
Obviously we feel that keeping a watchful eye on our children is a good idea – it’s why we created the MamaBear app in the first place. But remember, no one is perfect. Not us as parents and certainly not our children. If we can’t keep our own New Year’s resolutions every time, then maybe we can show some empathy when we feel overwhelmed by our words of repetitive discipline.
We encourage parents to use MamaBear as a tool to gather information. Information to have continued, relevant, consistent conversations about important issues like appropriate behavior on social media, why certain places are off limits and why accountability is important. It’s not hard to teach kids the importance of showing up for practice when they say they will. It just takes consistent reinforcement, even when a child strays a bit.
Going over the speed limit, visiting places we’d rather our kids not visit or perhaps taking a day off school without you knowing are ways boundaries could be tested. We all tested our boundaries growing up, now we have tools like MamaBear that give us vital information to talk about consequences. Tools to give our children consistent and empathetic dialog when they push against our boundaries in the New Year. Make it a great 2013!
I make it a personal practice to be in a remaining state of gratitude, thankful for that particular moment, a lesson and wonderful people in my life. Our team’s vision at MamaBear is a world of worry-free parenting and we make sure every business decision, new feature, people we work with fits in our list of company values – family, safety, empathy, trust and privacy. These values are shared among our MamaBear customers that we feel most grateful for trusting us to be a part of their families.
We value family. Yours and ours. It’s our passion for family unity that keeps our team running full steam ahead. It’s the deep bond, love, trust and camaraderie shared in both an immediate and extended family that gives us all the instinct to keep each other safe. We’re thankful for technology that helps bring a family together, even when we’re far apart physically.
We value safety. Our biggest job as parents is to keep our kids safe and now with MamaBear our personal interest have become keeping more than our own kids safe but also all of yours. It’s a complex world with technology moving faster than most parents can keep up with. We’re here to simplify that for you.
We value empathy. Parenthood is a common sentiment that all of us with kids can relate. We love to share stories about our kids and family, it makes us smile, laugh and shows our compassion for one another. We’re thankful for the ability to use social media to gain new and different perspectives on all outlooks of life, share with our children and have an open mind to parenting insight from all corners of the world.
We value trust. Thank you for trusting MamaBear as a tool for your family’s safety. We’re thankful to be trusted by our family and loved ones and for trusting our parenting instincts that we know what is best for our children. We’re thankful for the peace of mind that allows us to trust our children, and for the tools that guide them to make good choices.
We value privacy. You’re trusting us with intimate details about your family’s locations and personal social activities. Your information is safe and secure. We don’t share your information with any third party. Privacy is a MamaBear priority.
Thank you MamaBear customers. We appreciate your support, feedback and trust. It’s my word that we work everyday with each of these values top of mind as we reach for a world of worry-free parenting.
With Constant Gratitude,
Robyn Spoto, President