Become A Love & Logic Parent Workshop May 2,9,16,23.
- More and more really good kids, kids of all ages, are getting in big trouble with cell phones.
Teachers are pulling their hair out over students who spend more time text messaging than learning. Each year this seems to get younger and younger.
Some students are even using phones to take inappropriate pictures of test answers… and each other! If you have young children teach them about living their lives with very limited use of smart phones.
Teen drivers and cell phones create havoc… and death! If they grow up with a phone, how will they learn it's time to put it down?
Toddlers are often asking for their parent's phones frequently, and don't want to put them down.
Parents are finding themselves in constant battles with their kids over: being on their phones too often
huge cell phone bills
lost phones stolen phones or damaged phones
phones being taken away at school
phones being used at the dinner table
phones being used during church and other family events.
Youth today are not learning to connect, converse, and be in relationship with other peers and adults, as they did for generations prior due to the invention of the smart phones.
Here are some suggestions:
• Be a good model. Don't use your phone while driving, or important family moments and show respect for others by turning it off when you should.
• Let your child know that they can have a phone only when they can pay for the privilege.
Let them use the phones, that belong to you only after their homework and chores are completed.
• Don't fall into the trap of believing that your kid has to have a phone for safety reasons. We all survived our youth without smart phones!
• If the phone is lost, stolen, or taken away at school, it's gone. Don't buy them another!
• Take it away if it becomes a problem. Feel free to use short term consequences like a 24 to 48 hour restriction, or set parameters for the phone to be earned back. Should you choose to put it away for a significant amount of time, I assure you, your child will be just fine!
While this advice may seem old-fashioned, parents who follow it raise far more respectful and responsible kids. Teach them to connect with their friends by telephone, or even better: face to face without their phones. Live by example, they're watching, even when you don't think they care to learn from you anymore.
Thanks for reading! My goal is to help as many families as possible.
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