Parents are always talking about technology, it's a hot topic: how it's affecting family life and how it's changing the way our kids are growing up. But when you're a parent in the middle of Silicon Valley, that's a whole other set of circumstances. A recent article in the Huff Post offers up some solutions from a mom living in Silicon Valley.
Plus, what that Silicon Valley mom and I have in common. Our Fox 11 discussion.
Silicon Valley Mom Tips:
-Go Cold Turkey- cut out technology completely and begin with a whole new set of rules.
-Distraction- replace technology with something else, preferably, something healthy
Here's the article from the Huff Post for more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-padnos-altamirano/raising-low-tech-kids-in_b_9559836.html
And for my version of the story and tips: Boys Unplugged: The No Technology Summer Experiment.
If you might be thinking of shifting or limiting screen time/technology time in your family, here’s my advice:
-State the new rules clearly, make sure the kids understand what is going to be happening. They need to know what is expected in order to succeed.
-BE FIRM. Don’t give in or change your new rules unless it’s really a special occasion in your mind. (It’s okay to be flexible sometimes, flexibility is a part of real life.)
-Be realistic with yourself. Set goals that you can achieve with your kids. What makes sense for your family? (Some sound advice from my husband)
-Make sure you replace that screen time with a new activity. You want to create a new “healthy habit.”