August 11, 2016

Is it ok to use technology to distract our kids from unpleasant feelings such as impatience or boredom?

You get home from work, but first had to make a stop off at the school to pick up the kids. After dealing with traffic, you open the fridge. 10 minutes fly by while you mull the question around in your head: pasta or mashed potatoes? You go with pasta, again. You put a pot on to boil water. You’re feeling frazzled. Even considering doing laundry is out of the question today. Meanwhile, the kids are doing kids things and getting in your hair. I have two young kids. Left alone to their own devices, they run around the house, […]
August 4, 2016

Should I let my kids use social media?

Your child is online – at least, it’s likely that he is. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s research report “Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media,” two-thirds of children ages 12 to 13, 85 percent of 14 to 15-year-olds, and 92 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds admit to using social media in the past four weeks. Whether your child has already started social networking or is just beginning to think about it, wrestling with the question, ‘Should I really let my child use this type of technology?’ is a common 21st century problem for many […]
July 28, 2016

Which technology rules work?

Since the beginning of time, one of the responsibilities for parents of children has always been setting boundaries. When should they be awake, and when should they sleep? How far down the street can they go with their bike? How much candy is the point of no return? Today, we have extra rules we need to apply. Kids explore everything, and technology puts everything at their fingertips. It can be a great wealth of information for them, but it also can hinder other development when the technology gets in the way. We know when enough is enough, but how do […]
July 20, 2016
Healthier lives

As parents what can we do to encourage our children to be living healthier lives?

As parents, we want to teach our kids everything they need to know to help them enjoy their lives and be happy. How to kick a ball, make friends, treat others well. We help teach them to read, write, and create. We’re responsible for encouraging them to form good habits, promoting healthier lifestyles. Our kids, on the other hand, can seem to have a penchant for the not so healthy. Too many cookies, too much candy, tablets’ and television. Not enough brushing their teeth, eating their veggies, or doing their chores. At times it can feel like we’re battling The Dark […]