Last year, Oak Hill had the honor of hosting the accomplished author and speaker, Catherine Steiner–Adair. One of her missions was to inform the faculty and staff, as well as parents, of the importance of social and emotional learning (or “SEL” for short). As a faculty member and parent, I listened closely to what she shared regarding the impact of technology on our modern culture and on our children. Given the potential negative impact technology can have on our children and families, what can we then do to cultivate health in our children? How can we, as parents and educators encourage our children to make healthy choices, no matter what the child’s age? Here are three ideas on where to start:
Try to find the balance. As a parent, we want to instill creativity, freedom, openness and flexibility. We certainly don’t want to come across as “helicopter parents.” However, it can be challenging to find the balance as a parent between enough direction and freedom. It is essential that we continue to strive for this balance, keeping in mind the child’s developmental stage as well as other important factors including stressors in life and family dynamics such as co-parenting.
Help your child consider the options, without answering or choosing for them. When your child is weighing a decision, consider helping your child think through the different options and possible outcomes. This “thinking out loud” process... » read more