Parenting Millennials in the Digital World

Parenting our millennial children is becoming increasingly difficult. When your kids are nose down in their cell phones, you know how difficult it is to get their attention. The inverse also applies. When your child needs you, where is your focus? Here are some ways to remind yourself to detach from the smartphone and return to the “real” world when dealing with your millennial children.

1. Good Parenting Means Setting A Good Example

A lot of your kids’ behavior depends on you. By controlling your cell phone use, you set an example for them to follow. Be honest with your children about your own challenges in managing cell phone time, this often helps them manage theirs. Addiction to digital gadgets is not just something kids have.

2. Get Off Your Phone When Your Child Needs You

Children sense when you’re distracted by your phone. When they are talking to you as you stare at your phone, they will probably not feel like a priority. You’d feel the same way if your kids did that to you. It’s always a good idea to put down the phone and look at your child when they speak to you.

3. Put Your Cell Phone Away During Dinner

Cell phone use during meals should be a strict no-no for all family members. Studies indicate that families who share meals together are stronger and healthier, especially dinner. Cell phones should enhance family time, not detract from it.

4. Put Your Cell Phone Away During Playtime

Children need to know that you’re fully present during playtime. Getting away from the phone allows you to share in the fun, and provides a welcomed break from the constant chatter in this digital age. Real world bonding is critical to you and your children.

5. Use Your Cell Phone to Share Your Love

When you use your smartphone as a way to stay connected with your child, they will appreciate it more than they realize. Share loving texts and engaging videos with your child. Follow your child on Facebook and other social media apps. Rather than one who is constantly checking their phone, good parenting techniques mean your children will remember you as being present in their life.


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  1. […] Open up and talk to your kids about why they enjoy their device.  If you are advocating open communication, nurturing your digital relationship with them, and abstaining from judgment – you may be surprised at how much you learn about your kids. Try asking them what they would do if they received a call from someone they didn’t know.  What is the last thing your kids learned from their phone? Now, talk about it!  Ask your kids what their favorite apps are, and why. Actively engaging in their digital world make any signs of danger easy to detect early on. As you get a feel for the nature of your kids’ digital behaviors, you can assess their “digital maturity” and establish guidelines that work for the whole family; including yourself. […]

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