Parenting was difficult for my parents, and I wasn’t even begging them for a Smartphone! Now add technology into the mix… how are today’s parents even supposed to handle the following situations (true circumstances parents ask me about constantly):
- My daughter just sits and watches Netflix all afternoon… and honestly… I don’t even know what she’s watching.
- My 11-year-old son plays X-box with his headset on talking with who knows. Should I know who he’s talking to?
- My teenagers’ favorite app is Snapchat. It’s their go-to app for talking with their friends. I’ve read it’s bad. Am I a bad parent for letting my kids use it?
- My 16-year-old son has had a Smartphone for years now and it sits on his dresser every night when he goes to sleep. Is that bad?
Where can parents go to find these answers?
My 3 favorite places to get real-world help for today’s parents:
1. Parenting Help articles on TheSource4Parents.com:
This web page is a gold mine of FREE help for today’s parents. Hundreds of articles written by parenting authors you recognize (Jonathan McKee, Jim Burns, Mark Oestreicher, Walt Mueller… to name a few) about current issues parents are facing. Look at the most recent article:
Or how about this article, providing the most current research on what Smartphones are doing to communication in this country:
You can find so much good parenting help on this page of FREE articles. Articles on pornography, gaming, Instagram, asking questions, the pressures of prom… and more. Take a peek at the whole list of articles HERE.
Get these articles by subscribing to our FREE TheSource4Parents E-MagaZINE here.
If you are a youth worker looking for “ready-made” resources you can put in the hands of parents, DYM has done a fantastic job. They’ve already produced four volumes of “Parent Tips” which each have 5 articles professionally designed and ready to print. These are the perfect handouts for parents looking for answers on current topics like social media, discipline, porn, smartphones, etc.
DYM also provides a ready-made four-week curriculum for parents, perfect for that series you need to teach parents, but didn’t know what to teach! They even provide some fun games that parents and kids can play together!
As nice as it is to provide a parent with an article, sometimes they are looking for something a little deeper:
- A workbook that helps them decide what guardrails they should provide for Smartphones and Social Media in their home (Should I Just Smash My Kids’ Phone?)
- A book helping them create a comfortable climate of continual conversations about sex (More Than Just the Talk)
- A book with literally over 1,000 questions that Get Your Teenager Talking
- Or books not even released yet (52 Ways to Connect With Your Smartphone Obsessed Kids-coming this summer)
Enjoy these resources!