#1 Technology tip for Parents after 20+ Years

Parents must proactively address the fact we are living in an increasingly digital world. Personally, I’ve worked in K-12 education technology for just over 20 years now and the #1 tip I have is this:
All personal technology devices (laptops, iPads, mobile phones, tablets, [insert name of the next thing to be invented], etc.) must be stored out of children’s reach every night. Period.
This single strategy alone promotes healthy habits, defines appropriate roles, clarifies boundaries, ensures adequate rest, and more.
Always remember PARENTS are in CHARGE and get to make & enforce the house rules, therefore, you run the house and all technology inside of it.
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What tip might you offer today’s parents?

Here is How to Have the Best Father’s Day Ever

I wrote about this a few months ago, but I want to remind you to interview your loved ones before they pass. This is Father’s Day weekend so, please, if you have not already done so, interview your Father or grandfather.

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Really.

Do it.

Visit this page to hear an example from an interview with my father (scroll down).

Do it now.

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Parents, Don’t Let Kids Drink at Your House

This may be a touchy subject for some parents, but this video (below) prompted me talk about many parent’s decision to allow under-legal-age children to drink alcohol in their home. I encourage parents to really think this through and consider how this decision scales as well as it’s alignment with your family’s values.

When you allow (read: encourage) under-age drinking, what will you say when your children engage in a different illegal activity you find reprehensible?

Under age drinking in my house? Not on my watch!

For more information on under age drinking visit KidsInTheHouse.com.