Raising Your Child in a Digital World - Essential tips from my book
Want to ditch your techno guilt and take the guesswork out of raising young kids in a digital age?
My blog posts below will help to eradicate your digital dilemmas.
Why do our screens captivate us? In an earlier blog post I explained the impact of parents spending increasing amounts of time plugged into our devices. It seems that we’ve become so focused on our kids’ screen-time that we’ve completely overlooked our screen habits. After I deliver many parent seminars, parents confess that they thought […]Read More
Part 1- Are we spending too much time with our devices? We closely monitor our kids’ screen-time. We fret about whether they’re spending too much time online. We worry about whether we’re introducing screens at too young an age. But have we stopped to think about our screen-time habits? Is our digital infatuation impacting our […]Read More
“You’re the worst Mum in the world. I’m the only person in my whole class who isn’t allowed an Instagram account. You’re ruining my life!” This is a common conversation that many parents are having with their tweens. Actually, let me clarify, it’s not a conversation, it’s often a tirade of abuse from your 10-year-old […]Read More
I’m going to admit that I’m guilty of saying this from time to time, “If you get ready quickly this morning, I’ll let you watch TV.” Why do I do it? Simple, it works. And it’s quick. Rewards are often introduced to make family life easier. Kids reluctant to tidy their room? Then offer them […]Read More
In 2016 a New York Post blog post gained a lot of media attention. The blog post titled ‘It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies’ suggests that screens are a form of digital drug. Panicked calls crescendoed from concerned parents and educators who read the article and panicked. In case you’ve missed […]Read More
Between late December to early January 2017, I had an unexpected, yet forced, ‘digital sabbatical’. And it was delightful and scary all at once. My family and I spent a week house-sitting a stunning house at stunning Whale Beach (on the gorgeous tip of the Northern Beaches of Sydney) and then went caravaning down the […]Read More
The number one question that I’m asked by parents, as I travel throughout the country is, “How much screen-time is okay for kids?” It’s the million dollar question that parents of ‘screenagers’ want to know. Just how much is ‘safe’? When does too much become too much? Many parents (as well as educators and health […]Read More
WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography. I used to be relieved that I didn’t have to discuss the topic of ‘pornography’ in the parent seminars that I deliver. It’s a topic that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing at all. Let alone having to […]Read More
Screens seem to be invading our lives. Everywhere we turn, there are screens vying for our attention. And the dinner table isn’t immune to this screen invasion either. As adults, our reliance on our smartphones and gadgets has ushered us into completely new ways of parenting. We’re often quickly trying to reply to an email […]Read More
To see a big goal come to fruition is equal parts exciting as it is terrifying. For me, it was the sudden, very stark realisation that my ideas would be shared and may not be well-received. In the days leading up to my book launch, I oscillated between excitement and absolute fear- what if my book […]Read More
Your child screams at you telling you, “You’re the worst mum in the world!” This might be followed by feet-stomping, huffs and puffs, clenched fists, grunting and a host of other (undesirable) behaviours. And all of this because you simply asked for your iPhone back! As modern parents, chances are we’ve experienced our children […]Read More
Techno-tantrums- most of us have experienced the dreaded techno-tantrum with our kids. This is when our otherwise well-adjusted child (not just a toddler) emotionally combusts when we ask for our smartphone to be handed back, or the TV to be switched off. Today’s children often have digital appendages. They’re often clutching (our) smartphones, tablets, gaming […]Read More