Christmas Greetings Parents:
We are at the time of year again where your kids are bringing you their Christmas wish list for you to look over…and maybe even for Santa? am sure, like almost every child their age in America, somewhere on that list is technology of some sort or form.
While we might want to buy them the newest and latest device, we are not always sure how to find the right balance of time, use, and control. Once they get that device, how do we set the right number of limits while also seeking to give them some freedom?
This month’s Online Parenting Class is here to help with this very thing.
It is all about teaching healthy habits in our home…emotionally, socially and spiritually. Your child needs some guardrails to start off with, to guide them toward a good balance. While they might bump up against those rules and limits, it will keep them on the right path.
Remember, it starts with you setting the example as parents. Your children will do what they see, often more than what they are told. During this special time of year, with time off from school and work, make sure to put down your phone, turn off the TV, and put away the device. As much as you are excited about your new toy, make sure to show your family healthy habits of control too.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”- Proverbs 4:23.
This is my prayer for you as parents and as a family. I pray that God would guard your child’s heart. It is part of our vision for our ministry to your child and your family. We want to do our best to protect children’s hearts from the things that can so easily hurt or even break them.
One of the paths to your child’s heart is through technology. Their world, schools, and even your home is saturated with technology. Technology is not a bad thing, but we must be wise in how we allow it to be used in the life of our child.
We are afraid of being controlling or having our child miss out on something their peers are talking about. The reality is if we are discerning, we can set up healthy habits for our child that will allow them to use and experience technology while still protecting their heart.
This month’s Online Parenting Class gives us some wonderful hints to take steps to better control and develop healthier heart habits when it comes to technology. Look over these few quick things to consider below:
– How is your example of technology use at home? What are the lessons your child is learning by watching you?
– What limits do you need to consider or improve on in your home when it comes to technology use?
– What are your tech-free moments and spaces for your child? Do you have any?
– Have you kept updated on the more recent apps and parental controls on all of your child’s devices?
– Have you come up with a plan or rules on when your child can get social media yet?
As you process this month’s online parenting class and the above questions, let me know how I can help you. I would love to provide some helpful resources and advice about technology expectations in your home!
Katie Jones (Children’s Minister)