Parenting is a lifelong journey and a collection of experiences we learn along the way. When done correctly, it will facilitate healthy growth and well-being of children. It will also empower them with confidence and self-esteem they need to face life challenges with grit. The opposite is true when they lack empowerment and guidance.
At Parenting Alpha, we describe our own journey, one dotted with technology, globalization, cultural diversity, competitiveness & social-economic inequalities! Hopefully, ours is not very different from yours, and even better, we can learn a thing or two from each other. Our collective input will definitely simplify our parenting choices and decisions.
Food for thought
‘Kids will follow your example. Not your advice. Don’t just tell them to: do more physical activity, eat healthier food, get outside more, do the right thing, be kind to others, read books. Make sure you are doing these things so your kids will follow. Lead by example.’
‘When parents are too hands-on, kids fail to learn self-reliance. Instead of hovering like a helicopter parent, try submarine parenting: give kids the freedom to explore and surface if there’s a distress signal.’
Kids playing computer games are known to have better executive function skills such as working memory, flexible thinking & self control.
The 21st century classroom should accommodate flexible and random shapes, and be geared towards creativity, innovation, and active learning.
The holy grail of TRUE happiness lies in optimizing the 4 happy chemicals in the brain: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.
Bad parenting is evident when you are always angry, tech-indifferent, lacking empathy, a poor listener, and of course, a poor role model.
Yes, companies and workflows still need real people with 21st century skills to milk even more ‘juice’ from technology.
If you want your child to unplug from technology, make sure that screen time use should be everyone’s business at home.