Though my daughter is only 7 months old, I decided to attend the Pre-school Block talks at the Smart Parenting Convention 2017. Since the Pregnancy and Newborn talks were no longer appropriate for me, I opted to listen to talks related to dealing with toddlers. Considering how time flies when I take care of Tash, I’m sure I’ll be needing these bits of info in no time.
The Pre-school Block covered three informative talks: taming tantrums, demystifying dengue and raising children in the digital world. While I surely learned a lot from all the talks, the last topic was my favorite. It’s a timely and relevant topic, especially for millennial moms. Whether we like it or not, our children will grow up in the era of mobile apps, social media, e-commerce, vlogging, and more. So since raising kids in the digital age is inevitable, all we can do is plan very well how to deal with it.
How to raise children in the digital age
Our opinions and parenting styles may differ when it comes to our kids’ exposure to the digital world. Some parents can go as stiff as “no gadgets until college” (Haha! Just overstating.) Some are more lenient, allowing their kids to play that mobile app on weekends or watch that Youtube video once a week.
While we all have our own thoughts on this, I’d like to share to other parents a sort of summary of the talk given by Michelle Lichauco-Tambunting, co-founder and Directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool. I hope you’ll find the same inspiration I got from the main points of the talk.
How to get that Balance
No specific rule was mentioned in Mommy Michelle’s talk. Considering the uniqueness of every family, she said that there is no one sure way to succeed in raising a child in the digital world. Styles/rules may differ depending on the personality of the mom, the dad, and the child. Our guiding light should always be to encourage optimism in every family member and to achieve that balance in the digital world.
So instead of giving us a list of don’ts, Mommy Michelle gave us a list of things to do to encourage positive developments in children in this digital age.
Sharing the list with fellow parents. 😊
- Let the screen (mobile phone, tablet, computer) be your LAST DEFENSE.
- Set time limits.
- Teach your children how to DELAY GRATIFICATION.
- Take them outdoors. Their brains and eyes need that break.
- Purposely slow down their lives.
My favorite tip is to take children outdoors. Aside from the fact that I love outdoors, I believe this is a positive way to make our children refrain from using gadgets. Instead of being that “kontra bida” mommy giving them a stern command of not playing video game or watching online videos, why not be the best mom evaah who invites them out for an equally cool and entertaining alternative – an outdoor adventure! Go fishing. Watch sunsets together. Fly a kite. Experience nature.
Nature is a vast playground where children can learn a lot of things and have fun at the same time. It need not be an expensive outdoor adventure. I’m sure even a simple walk in the nearby park will entertain the curious minds of toddlers.
I’m grateful that I got to listen to Mommy Michelle Lichauco-Tambunting’s inspiring talk. A few years from now, when Tasha already asks for a tablet, I’ll surely need this post.