Guiding our kids into their fast-changing futures.

Distracted Parenting: Time to Put Down the Tech?

Texting while driving…talking on the phone at dinner…playing video games at all hours of the day and night. Sound familiar? And our kids do all that stuff too. But what signals do adults send when they engage in those behaviors? This piece by Sierra Filucci in Common Sense Media really hit home: Texting While Parenting: Can it Wait? Apparently for some, it can’t.

Like for instance Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, who on a panel at the SXSW conference last week made this telling comment which stunned the crowd: “Kids are awesome, you guys should all have kids…I don’t see mine enough actually. What I find is I’m able to be with them and still be on e-mail. I can be with them and still be working at the same time.”

Ok, then.

How are you being a role model, good or bad, with your tech use? Discuss below.

How Involved is Too Involved?

I’ve been trying to walk a fine line between getting too much into the middle of Tess and Tucker’s school life and yet making sure they’re getting what they need. I’m not sure at all that they appreciate these efforts on my part. ;0)

In the Washington Post, author and thinker Alfie Kohn says that the pushiest parents may not just be changing things for their own kids; they may be changing things for everyone else as well. As he says, parental involvement “turns out to be considerably more complicated and even worthy of skepticism.”

There’s a whole bunch more to consider here as well regarding assessments, homework, and inequalities in school that will no doubt push your thinking.