Sunday, August 26, 2018

Parenting Perspectives - Screen and Teens

If you are anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with how our kids today are having so much interaction with screens and screen-time.  Don't get me wrong - my iPhone and I are besties!  But as a teacher, I've definitely seen some changes over the last few years with the increased time that my students are spending on screens.  As a parent, I struggle with teaching my children to have balance in this area.

This past summer, I listened to another great podcast on Focus on the Family.  It was with Dr. Kathy Koch and was about interacting with our children in a screen-controlled world.  As with most of these podcasts, I took away several nuggets of great information.  I immediately got the book, and I want to share some of it with you.

The number one thing that pushed me and motivated me was the reminder that I need to MODEL what I'm expecting of my own students and children.  I appreciated the gentle nudge to walk away from my own electronic devices and to be more purposeful with how I spend my time.  Now, I definitely haven't walked away completely, and that's not even what I feel we need to do.  But I knew I needed to find better balance in our we are all working on it together.

Here are the main touch-points in the book.  I highly recommend that you get it for yourself, or at least take a listen to the podcast linked above.

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