Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Parenting in the Digital Age!

So we live in a digital age!
I read articles every day warning people we have become slaves to technology. I too feel concerned when I see families entirely engrossed in the smartphones not talking or holding eye contact. Yes, everyone needs to remember human contact is still a necessity, eye gazing, tone inflection, touch etc are a vital part of nonverbal communication which is 90% of human communication. Eye contact and touch are powerhouses for infusing intention & emotional connection.

At the same time, it is essential as a family life educator to accept what is (the situ) and find ways to engage family members. I also encourage seeing the world through the eyes of the children. Unlike myself children, today have no experience prior to the boom in technology. Speaking and reaching today's digitally proficient child is critical. Setting aside attachment to the good ole days is my baggage to unload prior to working with families, otherwise it becomes criticism which regardless of what we have been told isn't helpful and no one is as skilled at giving it as they convince themselves they are....we #CFLEs need to meet people where they are....

Family games were a favorite of mine Growing up. Here is a great app for families with children of all ages and stages to enjoy!

A great example of a digital family tool is Kahoot!
Preloaded game quizzes or make your own family quizzes, i.e., vacation quizzes about the area you are going to or what you remember from past vacations, family fun times, pets (a day in the life of your pet), etc.

Topics that have a base for the entire family to play require sensitivity to the ages of the child etc., challenge parents to get into the live everyday experiences of their children. Include the reverse, put the children in charge of building quizzes to see what they come up with and gain insight into what their thinking and experiencing.


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