To help our children manage technology as they grow, we need to look at digital technology as a series of developmental or digital milestones. We need to understand each stage of our child's development and figure out which component of technology needs to be addressed then.
While certainly frustrating, this "time-out" did force me to reevaluate my relationship with tech. Frankly, it demands too much of my time and attention, it overshares, and doesn't give space to think.
Parents are some of the busiest people on the planet, though, so it's virtually impossible to keep up with all the latest and greatest parenting posts. To help keep you in the loop, I've rounded up the best of this week's parenting articles and blog posts to share with you. Hope you enjoy!
Parents who took part in one of our early Learning Habit surveys regularly reported that their child used between 90 and 120 minutes of media per day. Yet when asked specific questions about the devices, the total was commonly between six and eight hours per day.
Through years of research and conversations with parents, we've heard from scores of moms and dads who love their children and want to see them succeed in school, but who feel hopelessly on the outside of their learning.
Slow Tech parenting isn't about perfection; it's about awareness. It's about knowing what works for your family, what aligns with your values and beliefs and above all what matters enough to protect and preserve as a parent.
I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.
I look back on the world I grew up in, and no matter how much I explain or try to show my children what it was like, I realize that they will never completely understand the world in which so many of us lived.
Mobile manners are passed down and although they should be dictated by common sense, daily instances of egregious tech etiquette seem to indicate otherwise. Here are a few suggestions on how to set the right example.
They don't have to imagine how my favorite childhood characters from books walk or talk, what their voices sound like or how they interact with their friends and family -- it's all right there, laid out in front of them on screens both big and small.