Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict

digital parenting

Why I’m Spending Less Time Behind a Screen This Summer

Dec 16, 2014
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The summer holidays are fast-approaching here in Australia. I’m thrilled to be spending these holidays opposite the beach. And I plan on spending lots of time there. Making special memories with my kids.   As I started to pack the beach bag the other day, I frantically searched for my phone.  When I couldn’t find it […]

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Why Modern Parenting is Hard

Nov 26, 2014
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Being a modern parent is hard.  Really hard.   Not only do we have to contend with the usual parenting conundrums (how to deal with potty-training, tantrums and defiant behavior), but we’ve now added another layer of complexity: technology!   Today’s children are leading “digitalised childhoods”.   Our kids are growing up in a digitally-saturated […]

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Digital Babies

Nov 21, 2014
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There’s no doubt that today’s children are born into a digital world.   Children now experience ‘digitalised childhoods’.   What about very young babies- is this digital immersion appropriate? What impact is this ‘digital dunking’ having on their very plastic brain? As a Mum, about to have another baby in a couple of months and also […]

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The Best Apps for Toddlers

Nov 6, 2014
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As your toddler’s tiny fingers swipe, tap and pinch a smartphone or tablet screen, you simultaneously fill with pride and fear. This is the modern parents’ dilemma.   On one hand you are filled with pride because want your child to be a proficient technology user. There is no doubt that they will inherit a […]

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Baby Learning Apps: What You Really Need to Know

Sep 16, 2014
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So what baby learning apps does your baby like?   Say what?? I glance at my 4-month-old son and back at the lady whose question took the wind from my sails. And so she repeats the question. My mouth ajar, I look around perplexed. Ummm…   Yes, this is a question that a baby health […]

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Techno-Terms: Techno Guilt, Techno Shame and Digital Pacifiers

Sep 9, 2014
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Do you suffer from ‘techno guilt‘, or perhaps ‘techno shaming‘? Do you use technology as a ‘digital pacifier‘ (I’m raising my hand here. Sometimes I suffer techno-guilt because I do use the iPad or TV as a digital pacifier, but I’m gradually learning to ditch my ‘techno-guilt’ when I do… because I don’t do it all […]

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Ten Things About Me

Jul 23, 2014
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Sometimes after I deliver a Parent Seminar, parents often say with some relief, “Oh, you’re just so normal. I thought you were going to say that your kids never use an iPad and don’t watch TV. You understand this parenting caper. I thought you were going to tell me that I’m messing my kids up by […]

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Technology: The Modern Parenting Dilemma

Jul 16, 2014
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As a parent you want your children to be proficient using technology.  You know it’s here to stay. The iPad isn’t going to disappear. Your children are going to inherit a digital world. So a part of you wants them immersed in this digital world. And if we’re really honest sometimes technology provides us as […]

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Unplug Your Child… Please

Jul 7, 2014
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This post has been brewing for a couple of months now. It’s sat in my drafts folder and I’ve deliberated about posting it. But now I’m feeling brave enough to say, “Unplug your child…please.”   Why’ve I been so tentative? To be completely honest, I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite. I don’t ever want […]

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What the Internet is Doing to Us

Jun 13, 2014
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I’m sitting here typing frantically in a café because I’ve finally got WiFi access.  Finally.  You see we’ve recently moved house (sigh) and I’ve been without Internet access for almost a week now. And I feel like I’ve lost my right arm.  I know that sounds melodramatic, but being without the Internet has really caused […]

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