Parenting with Technology

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

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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No Devices at the Table

Here is one simple step that I have found to maximize our family time.  No Devices at the Table!  In my house, we are connected.  Everyone has at least one device, including my 5-year-old.  One of the first rules we implemented was no devices at the table.  You see, in my house, we have rooms for kids and rooms for adults, but the only true common ground is the dinner table.

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Your kids aren’t smarter than you, just more motivated.

“My kids are so much smarter than I am when it comes to technology.”  How many times have I heard this?.  I speak to clients that are bewildered by their children’s use of web connected devices and they always say “My kids are so much better with computers than I am, I just can’t keep up with them.”  I say this is a huge cop-out.  Your children are NOT smarter than you when it comes to anything.  They are more motivated, and they have better support groups…

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Technology didn’t do it…

You can’t blame the hammer when you hit your thumb.  In the last few weeks, I have experienced an absolutely overwhelming amount of negativity regarding technology, specifically kids using devices.  I have heard all the rants and rhetoric denouncing the use of devices in all ages of people under 30.  I have sat with friends and family members as they discussed the wholesale degeneration of our society…

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