Parenting is hard. I find myself second guessing many of my parenting decisions on a daily basis. I’m always looking for a quick way to make parenting easier. That’s why I’m loving the series of parenting emails that I’ve received through Boys Town. Don’t be fooled, parents of girls will find these emails helpful too!
We are all trying to parent well while keeping our sanity. It’s no easy task to raise good kids while also balancing your own life. I am constantly trying to figure out how to balance raising my kids and keeping my sanity. My latest battle is with technology.
I, like most parents, limit the amount of screen time my kids get. Even so, that doesn’t mean I’m making the best decisions when it comes to how and when my kids access technology. For example, I’m writing this post on my phone while I hold a baby with a stuffy nose who refuses to be put down in his bed. Meanwhile my two older boys are watching a movie instead of running around the playground like I promised them we’d do this afternoon. The fussy baby dictated that we stay home. While watching the movie, Robert is begging to play with his Kindle Fire. My mind is spinning from all the screens we have on at the moment.
I’m not a tech junkie, but I do love technology. I love being creative on my phone and computer- I’m currently obsessed with Premier Pro and I love reading on my Kindle. My kids see me on screens a lot so of course they want to do it too! I hope that I’m modeling how to be productive on a screen. It’s not like I’m vegging out to Facebook and YouTube videos all day.
My boys each get 20 minutes of screen time on their Kindle Fires every day. They also watch a good hour, if not 2, of tv a day. I’ve also been using my computer to teach Robert math. Add all of that together and my boys probably get too much! I know our use of technology will only increase from here. Since I’m already feeling overwhelmed about technology, I signed up for the kids and technology newsletters from Boys Town.
Boys Town is a national organization that reaches communities from coast to coast. Programs include in-home family counseling, health care and programs to rebuild at-risk schools.
The cool thing about Boys Town is that the organization wants to help all parents not just parents of at risk kids. And let’s face it, even the best parents need a little help!
There are 10 different email series to sign up with through Boys Town. You can find everything from toddler tantrums to tween issues. I highly suggest that every parent check out the website and sign up for these emails. It’s free and it can’t hurt to get a little extra advice. I’m already learning a lot!
We just took an inventory of our technology and talked about how tech is a privilege in our house, not a right. I’m hoping that if I instill these lessons early, my boys will be responsible with technology as they grow.
Do you have any good tech tips?