Parenting with Technology

Successfully navigating parenting paradoxes in the technological landscape that is modern life.

Fair and Equal are not required for proper parenting

We have come to a conclusion in our household: Fair does not mean Equal and equal is not always fair, and that’s OK.  Our children, and even society to an extent is all hung up on being fair and equal, however.  Sometimes however we have the do what is best or most just, not fair or equal.  To properly parent, we are required to do what is right for our children as we see it at that time.  Proper Parenting is often full of hard choices.

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Put your relationship first.

We often talk about and are encouraged to put our children first. While I agree with the idea of not being selfish in our lives and interactions with our children, I don’t agree with this as a blanket statement.  For you and your spouse to function as the best, most cohesive parenting unit possible, you have to stick together.  You have to dedicate some time to being together, in the same room, focused on each other, doing things together for your relationship.

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Car Trek II: The Search for Purpose

This is the second in a series of posts intended to demystify the car-buying process for the average parent. In the last post, we broke down the process into several distinct steps.   Here is my process, in depth, for answering this first question, “Why am I here?” Why am I replacing my vehicle? Hopefully, you can find some insight here that makes your process easier or your life better. 

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Car Trek I: The Saga Begins…

Over the last few weeks, I have decided to replace my Mini-van, the family grocery getter.  What I would like to do over the next few articles is to break down my process for those in the same situation.  It doesn’t matter why you need to replace your vehicle, or if you are buying the first one for your new family.  The process should be the same. 

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How to successfully talk to a teenager.

Well, frankly if you have done your best at teaching them, it won’t be as hard as you think.  Your teen is a person, an average human.  To relate to them, try the same communication skills that you employ when talking to your associates or your clients.  Speak to them like an adult, be engaging and intelligent.  Be respectful of their time and their feelings. 

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Parent your way.

It won’t always be easy, good parenting never is.  When you make a choice for your family, you will immediately receive push-back from someone.  If you decide to err on the side of caution and make strict rules and a secure environment, your kids will rail against it, call you unfair and …

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Is my teenager turning into a Millennial?

Is my teenager turning into a Millennial? A Hipster maybe?

No.  What your teenager is “turning into” is an adult.  More accurately, they are not “turning into” anything at all.  They are just exploring, trying on new thoughts and ideas to see what fits, and while they do, they are taking those from the group of adults they most closely identify with.  They may act like those twenty-somethings that you see at Starbucks…

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The convenience/security paradox

In our technological world there is a simple truth. Convenience and security are polar opposites. This is not an opinion and is not negotiable. Many people, designers, programers, and security specialists are working to change this, but it is almost a rule of nature and therefore is resistant to change. Let me show you what I mean…

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