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The SCARIEST Thing I’ve Ever Done…

hey guys it’s Mindy I am just sitting here and I’m leaving in a few short hours to go to New York City I’m going on Good Morning America tomorrow I mean I always knew that putting out a book would be like exposing certain parts of like my personality or parts of our parenting style but I just like the last couple weeks I’ve been like oh my gosh like here comes this is it it’s gonna happen I’m suddenly feeling super insecure for some reason and really vulnerable about this book no I mean it’s a great book and that that’s why I’m doing it like the messaging needs to go out and whether it’s from me or somebody else like it needs to be being talked about like parenting our kids in the digital age that we’re in like needs to be talking about we need to be talking about it and parents need to be like supporting each other and learning how to have those conversations with their kids but also how to navigate the waters of digital and tech in the internet themselves so they can teach their kids I actually wrote this book manuscript a year ago like I actually had to turn it in a year ago so I’ve been working on this project for a year and a half I have to be honest like I’m really really nervous I mean it’s normal when you’re doing a big project and something’s launching for the first time to I think feel like some of that anxiety and some of that like oh I hope it goes well because I’ve worked so hard on it type feelings but like I literally been like having like sleepless nights and kind of anxiety over it and I feel like it’s because it’s the most vulnerable project that I’ve ever worked on literally second most asked question of my entire life pretty much is how did you raise your kids like with them all fully digital and still like seemingly normal like healthy children that have a good handle on how to use tech and digital in the internet and that kind of thing and so I think it’s definitely a conversation that’s resonating with parents in general like we all feel a little insecure and we all feel like we don’t know exactly how to do this and navigate this face and I feel like so many parents are only hearing scary scary messaging and they’re hearing all of the negative without hearing some of the positive too and so the point of the book was also to like share some of our stories and positivity and how much time we’ve had in the Internet and how much fun we’ve experienced and how many wonderful opportunities that we’ve had and how many some people that we’ve met or connected with in all because of the same tools you know technically like the digital space is inherently neutral it’s not negative or positive it’s the way that we’re using it that becomes negative or positive and so I think that you know those are the conversations that we’re trying to have in the book and then just also reiterating the importance of those analog moments in a way like we’re kind of the generation of parents that in some ways is nowhere because do we really understand our tech do we understand how to use it do we understand what our kids are doing and where they’re at online and some of the things that they’re being exposed to and that they’re seeing and are we are we shifting those conversations and preparing them in a way where they’re going to a be like mentally prepared and healthy for having those experiences but feel safe enough and secure enough in your home to come to you if there is a problem but also are we navigating and actively pushing them towards the positive parts are the Internet and and even and if they feel like they can’t find the positivity on the internet than being the positivity on the internet like are we actively encouraging our kids to go in and say positive things to people instead of negative are we you know are we modeling good social behavior for our kids on our phones versus you know I mean I just don’t know if we’re having all those conversations but I feel like parents want to be having those conversations and we just don’t know how or we don’t know what those conversations look like yet and so that’s that’s the point of the book but to write all of that I also had to be very vulnerable and share with you guys things that maybe I’m not always totally comfortable sharing about my family and and/or our parenting style and so that puts me in a position where I just feel like a little nervous if I’m being totally honest and yeah I want this book to be awesome and I want these conversations to be awesome I don’t know like in our videos like you you follow us along and you I mean obviously can get a sense for our family and what we do and who we are through the videos but we don’t really go into like micro detail on our parenting style or necessarily talk a ton about our faith we try to like in the videos I feel like keep it pretty like positive and happy with our especially for our kids because we don’t ever want them to look back on the videos I feel like oh I wish I hadn’t shown that but in the book I think when you are writing a parenting book like the obvious the obvious thing you have to do is share some of your parenting stories and sometimes those parenting stories are really awesome and great and you’ve done a really good job and sometimes those parenting stories are ones where you’ve made me not done such a great job or you weren’t as awesome I mean I you guys know if you follow me on Instagram or you follow me for the last little while that this year like one of my goals was to just be more vulnerable I think with you guys and be more open to having the harder conversation sometimes even though I know that it puts me in a position where people can judge and people can assume and people can like I feel like sometimes the more information you get people the more likely they are to misinterpret or to think that they know everything about your life and then judge you based on that but I really have committed this year to having some of those conversations with you guys whether it’s about dachshunds autism or YouTube and some of the issues they’ve had recently because I feel like they’re important conversations to be having for all of us so we can they educate each other but also just share and like I feel like it’s just real you know like having those conversations – part of your life like my life isn’t always rosy every day and I’m not always doing everything perfectly despite what videos might look like and I think that it’s important to also show that and I really do believe that like it’s our generations responsibility and that this is like one of the things that we will be known for when it like when we’re all gone the one thing that like our generation will be known for is being the generation that kind of started with none of that and then finished with all of it or at least a good chunk of the internet and technology and digital like the world has completely shifted while we’ve been alive and that only happens a few times in history and it’s happening now and we’re here you know and we’re the parents that are having to try to figure out what that meanwhile Wild West looks like for our children and how to teach them how to use it appropriately here we are whether we want to be or not if you guys are watching this video you know you guys are here either as a kid where as a teenager as an adult in this time period perhaps a grandparent event and we are here and we have to have these conversations so that we know how to do it the book isn’t meant to be like a this is the only way to do things but this is the only right way and it’s not like that at all it’s literally supposed to be just a here’s some things that we’ve seen that it worked you’ve raised six kids well raising six kids and we’ve done it all pretty much online in the throws and in the face of tech and being on social media and being it also touches very much so on how important some of those analog moments still are like getting outside and playing and having family dinners and anytime you start talking about parenting you know it’s it’s a very polarizing subject to some people not everybody’s gonna love this book right not everyone’s gonna think it’s awesome and I know that but I don’t know it’s just like the first time we’ve really gone out on a limb and really shared about our family and about some of the stories that we’ve had it mean when we’re when your parenting you’re learning guys there’s no manual for how to be a parent you know people’s reactions to this book in this information it could be really great it can be really positive but it’s also very difficult for me to convey it’s kind of like a text right like you can’t always convey all of your attention or your you’re not seeing their body language you’re not hearing their voice inflections and their intimations and so some people might read like some of our house rules or our phone contracts and think that were like really uptight parents who should just chill out and you know some people are gonna be like this is awesome like this is such a great rally cry for parents and what a great wake-up moment for parents and like this is totally needing to be talked about and hurt you would think I have a thick skin I do have a thick skin for ten years we’ve been online it’s not like we haven’t heard mean things about ourselves we have mean comments people talk about our hair or makeup our faces they’ve said things about the way we parented before you know they’ve said stuff about the color of our family I mean we’ve had all kinds of trolling and bad comments I guess the only difference is that you know usually I’m putting out like this much information or vulnerability if there’s like an attack or trolling or negativity you know you’re dealing with it like on this little tiny piece and so it’s easier they’re just kind of like whatever you know you’re never gonna please everybody but the book is this not this the book is like this you know my thoughts and my opinions and how we feel and how parent and stories we’ve shared I mean we share a lot of stories a lot more stories than we normally share about our kids and we share a lot more about our faith than we normally share and we even talk about the way we were raised and some of our parents parent team and we don’t normally talk about it any of that stuff in depth and so I just want you guys to know for the record that I hope and pray that you guys will when you read the book we’ll know the intention of the book and be able to feel the spirit of our home and the love that we have for each other and the love that we have for you guys you know as our audience I’m excited you guys I’m I’m super excited for the book it’s definitely been a passion project of mine it’s forced me to push myself in ways that I would never have pushed myself and I’m about to do it again with all of the press surrounding the book that’s it here we go guys buckle up right I guess it’s so mean the point is like here it goes I’m just gonna have to take a big deep breath and cross my fingers and hope that it goes awesome and then you guys love it and then it’s helpful and thanks for listening to my rambling you guys you guys know I love you and til next time signing out bye guys

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