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Technology Makes Me a Better Parent

There I’ve said it. I’ve thrown down the gauntlet. I’ve made this statement to friends. I’ve made this statement to those I thought safe saying it to and realized they completely disagreed. It’s caused me to really dig deeper into this issue. I’ve read, I’ve question, I’ve watched my own relationship with my 2 kids and I’m comfortable saying…

 Yes, I wholeheartedly believe technology makes me a better parent.

For those of you who disagree, let me give you just a few points to consider.

  1. We have access to information instantly in ways never available to generations of parents before our time.
  2. We have a host of tools to make organization and shopping easier. It’s time saving, and actually frees up more time to spend with our families.
  3. We can easily stay connected with friends and family who live far away. They enrich our lives, and the lives of our kids.

Are there downsides to each of the points above? Absolutely! But remember, technology is a tool. We determine how we use that tool. As parents, it’s our responsibility to model good digital media habits to our children. We can’t give them a list of guidelines that we don’t follow ourselves. Let’s use technology as a tool and show our kids how to use it wisely. If we all do that, we’ll continue to be parents using great technology, raising digitally smart kids!

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