Hi, I'm Galit. (*pronounced guh-leet)
I'm going to help you raise and teach balanced, safe, wise, and kind online leaders.
I've finally figured out how to teach kids what they really need to know about how the internet is meant to be used. I can't wait to show you how!
I'm dedicated to helping you raise great digital kids.
THESELITTLEWAVES.NET is the place to get inspiration, no-nonsense guides, actionable ready-to-use tools, and real scripts that you can use to connect with your children because of technology, not despite it.
I created this space for those of us who are parenting and teaching digital kids without ever having been them and still know with every fiber of our being that we can teach them what they need to know.
Because how we act online is akin to how we act in person.
And that, my Sweet Valley High reading, Friends loving, Bon Jovi adoring (yes, still!) friends, we definitely understand.
This is the space where I share all of the details of my own experiences parenting and teaching through the very same things that you are.
I only share strategies that I have tried, tested, tweaked, fixed, and improved upon and made not only work, but made 100% replicable and I will always share everything I know and learn about this topic with you.
Because success here means your children understanding how to be balanced, safe, wise, and kind online users. That means something to me.
And I believe that we have a long way to go with the state of the internet for us and for our children.
This is my passion project—I'll tell you more in a minute how it came to be that I wake my husband up in the middle of the night to discuss things like this.
Things like not just what our children need to know about new apps; but what we need to understand as well.
Not just what to look for to see if our children are following rules; but how to actually help them maneuver this new terrain in a relationship boosting way.
And bottom line? Not how to keep our children away from the internet (because that's not realistic); but how can we teach our children what they need to know about how the internet is meant to be used.
If you're looking for what these things are and are interested in how to teach them to your children in a way that keeps your relationship at the forefront, then you're in the right place.
For so many reasons (that I'll explain below), this topic is my everything.
So I promise that every single teaching strategy that I share with you has been tried and tested by me.
Your trust means the world to me, thank you for letting me share the real deal with you.
I'm a teacher, a researcher, and a mom, and I'm going to help you teach and raise your digital kids.
I have an MA in Education, I was a reading and classroom teacher for 10 years and I have been freelance writing in print and online for 8 years now for places including The Huffington Post; The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine; allParenting; Everyday Family; TIME, and more.
In 2014 I wrote an article about marriage and the comments that came in on it were about my weight and how fat I looked in my wedding dress. Even though I had been working online for years, I was hit really hard by this.
A few months later, when I pulled myself together, I wrote a second article calling out my fat shamers and calling for online kindness. That article went viral giving me the platform to become a voice for online kindness.
In between these two events, something much more interesting happened at my house:
My tween decided that she would like to get online.
The thought of sending her into a space where something like that had just happened to me terrified me.
So I had three choices:
1. I could say, "no." (This was tempting.)
2. I could say, "yes," and ignore my worries. (This was also tempting.)
3. Or I could buck up and teach her what she really needed to know about how the Internet is meant to be used. (Honestly? This was not at all tempting. But it was the right thing to do.)
And that's how I got here.
My first book Kindness Wins, a simple, no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online, has been an Amazon #1 bestseller several times since it was first released in the spring of 2015.
I gave my TEDx Talk, "Raising a Digital Kid Without Ever Having Been One" in the fall of 2015.
And I started teaching my online course, Raise Your Digital Kid™ in the spring of 2016.
If you are so over vague, surface level advice and are ready to actually teach your children and students what they need to know about how the Internet is meant to be used so that you can make an impact and raise a leader, we're going to get along just fine.
I am so happy to welcome you to These Little Waves.
We're a heart-centered community thousands of parents and educators strong who believe that kindness and the internet absolutely go hand in hand and that our children are the ones who can shine a light on this (*with a little bit of help from us.)
So grab your yoga pants, your planner, and your coffee mug and buckle in tight—we have our sights set on change-making, and you're one of us now.
I'm going to help you every single step of the way!
Your tribe is waiting for you in my free Facebook group, The Savvy Parents Club. We're a group of parents and educators ready to take action to keep up with our kids' online use ... even as they start to know more about the Internet than we do. Join us.
If you're ready to dive in, take my e-course, change-maker. This is where you'll learn exactly what you need to so that your kids will be okay online. Click here to learn more.
If you'd like my help to dive in, I'll jump with you, and we'll make that splash together. Click here to learn more about how you can work with me to be the change you want to see for your students or the families in your community.
If you'd like the answer to exactly what to do to nail this digital parenting thing like a boss, snag my FREE checklist made specifically for moms of (new)ish digital kids.
Why free? Because keeping the answer to the #1 question that I get asked every single day (yes, every single one) won't help anyone.
If you believe in dating before getting married, start by reading the introduction and first chapter of Kindness Wins. Also free, also because helpful.
P.S. Are you wondering about the beach scenes featured here?
My name, Galit (guh-leet) means little wave. I've been explaining this for my whole life! While I used to resent it, when I was naming my website I thought that it would be fun to incorporate this because it's such a big part of my story. Related: I'm obsessed with the ocean. #Coincidence #IThinkNot