From the Editor
I THINK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US with tweens or teens has had that conversation. The one where we tell our children to be careful how they present themselves online; that it is virtually impossible to erase something off the Internet; that they shouldn’t post something they wouldn’t be comfortable for their gran to see; and how people use Facebook, Instagram, etc to search and find out info about people – so they need to think and rethink before they post.
That’s all very sound advice, of course, but we shouldn’t just be lecturing our children, but ourselves too….
I found Sophie Baker’s article on ‘sharenting’ fascinating. We are all sharents – parents who share pics and info about their kids on social media – to some degree, but I found our experts’ insights into the negative impact this could be having on our children, now and in the future, really thought-provoking. Social media gives families a whole new set of challenges (and lots of joy too!) and we are all fairly new to the game, whether we are 15 or 50, so it is good to get info like this that helps us make smarter decisions. Turn to page 66, take a read, then share it with your child’s dad, granny, aunt and godmother too.
At Good Housekeeping, sharing smart info is always our goal – and this issue packs a helpful punch when it comes to everything from what to wear when the weather warms up (page 44), how to make troublesome hair behave (page 42) and wallet-friendly Banting meals (page 92) to creating passwords not even the savviest techie can crack (page 85).
You’ll also find 101 smart tips on how to clean, sort and organise every room in your home (page 113). Our assistant editor, Vicki Sleet, has cleverly broken down tasks into doable time-specific chunks, so you can fit them in and around your busy schedule. But you have to promise me that before you get spring-cleaning and sorting you’ll read the article Let it Go (page 70! It shines a bright light on perfectionism – and points out that perfectionists are often the biggest procrastinators. I know a lot of you will be able to relate to that. So, set aside some time to tidy, but aim for ‘good enough’ not ‘perfect’ – it’s a much healthier goal (and you’ll actually get stuff done!), plus not being overly fussed will make you and your family happier too.