Parenting in the Digital Age
Caught in a struggle with your children over cell phones, tablets, computers or video games? I invite you to join me for a workshop on how to find balance with devices in order to help reconnect our children to friends, family, nature, and most importantly, to themselves.
- What is too much? How to know when kids are on the edge of getting lost in the screen-based world.
- True north vs. magnetic north: How to build focus, grits, and good judgement so that our kids do not become overwhelmed with media driven images but can instead shape their own self-esteem, hopes, and dreams.
- Screens and discipline: The relationship between discipline problems and screen use, and how to improve things.
- Real vs virtual: The loss of primary experience.
- Support in making self-selected, doable changes at home.
Readings and Resources
A Letter To My Boys (The Real Reason I Say No to Electronics) –Renee Robinson
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside -Shannon Hayes, Yes Magazine
Screentime is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy -Victoria Dunckley, Psychology Today
Research Overview: Children & Screen Time Fact Sheet by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood
Video: The Innovation of Loneliness
The eZombie at Your Table: A Quiet Cry –Devra Davis, Waldorf Today
“Children come to know a tree by peeling its bark, climbing its branches, sitting under its shade, jumping into its piled-up leaves. Just as important, these firsthand experiences are enveloped by feelings and associations–muscles being used, sun warming the skin, blossoms scenting the air. The computer cannot even approximate any of this.” –Lowell Monke, The Human Touch