Having kids can be quite scary. Not only do you have these tiny little things to worry about, but you’ll also often find that you tend to freak yourself out all of the time. Because kids these days are nothing like they were when we were growing up. Whether you’re 25 or 45, this is definitely something that you can relate to. The way that kids play is different, how they act is different – and they always seem to be so much older than they should be. The modern world can be scary in that way. But, you don’t have to let it take over your life, and push your kids down a path that you’re not happy with. Instead, you just need to invest a few old-fashioned values into their modern worlds.
First of all, you’re going to want to set some limits. Okay, so this can often feel quite hard when they’re always online or using devices – especially with older children and teens. But it’s going to be essential if you’re going to keep them both down to earth and safe. Don’t allow them to spend every hour outside of school glued to a device. Instead, you should think about limiting their time just so that they can get some perspective, enjoy other activities, and enjoy a well-balanced life away from tech too.
From here, you may want to think about putting some parental controls in place. Whether that’s to choose the safe children’s app they’re allowed to download, or putting blockers on the internet, you’ll find that these measures can keep them protected. Because it’s not only unhealthy for them to be connected all of the time, but it can actually be dangerous for them too.
From here, you then also need to encourage them to take breaks. Although it’s okay to say that you’re setting limits, it’s not always realistic. Because you may find that they need to be online or on devices for school work. So, you’re going to want to encourage them to take breaks instead. Get them to sit and talk with you, or read, or even go for a walk. It can be a great way to keep them balanced.
Try A Throwback
Another great idea is to try working with something that you used to love as a kid too. So why not work on some old-fashioned games with them instead?
Encourage Them To Try New Things
Finally, you should also think about encouraging them to try new things. It’s only natural for them to want to go online, because it’s what kids of their generation do. But you should also look to open their horizons to other options that they have, along with different activities, hobbies, and interests, that don’t exist entirely online.
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