I want you reflect some decades back. Did you live in the 1970s or years leading up to the 2000s? Times have changed, and so has life in general. How things were done back then can be highly regarded as analogue, especially by the so-called “digital generation.” So what’s the gist about what I’m saying? Let’s find out below.
Dads, Gadgets and Their Children
Our discussion subject will be technology-based and how it has or is affecting family life in the United States. As a parent, you no doubt want the best for your kids, which means going the extra mile to provide for them even things like smartphones you didn’t have while growing up. But, that’s what the timeframe we live in requires from parents, and it’s a commendable thing you’re doing. Dads, in particular, have a huge responsibility to provide for the family as the head. Undoubtedly, kids appreciate such loving care and parental support. Do you find technology causing trouble or separating your children from you? Don’t worry! You can overcome the challenge in an efficient and friendly manner.
Understanding Why Kids Love Gadgets
Do you remember the kind of activities you did while growing up? They were possibly like going for a nature walk, playing games, swimming, and exploring hobbies. In short, they were physically-involving, unlike today, when passive entertainment is everywhere. You wonder, “Why does my kid love his/her mobile device so much?” You wish the child could go out and play, but that’s not happening. Here are some significant reasons why that won’t happen:
- Gadgets are a common item today. The ease of accessing them promotes love towards them.
- We live in the tech era. If you go to Rome, do as the Romans do. Youngsters born in this digital era find that to be the trend, so they fit in. They see people, including adults at school or other places rooted in their phones, why won’t they copy?
- Using smart gadgets is fun and enjoyable. From the apps, games to other interesting features that these devices have, kids find using them amazing.
- It’s a way of interacting. Young ones love making friends and getting in touch. That’s another thing phones also promote. Talking with one friend after another without realizing how much time is spent results in the attachment.
How Can You Help?
What then happens? Should you give up and let them enjoy as they want? Of course not; as a dad, you have the responsibility to guide and safeguard your children against dangers that may result from using gadgets. They are many indeed. Think of addiction leading to even sleepless nights for some, lack of interest in others, and even time wastage. So what can you do?
- Exercise patience when assisting. When you try to readjust a child, some may mention that you’re “analog,” thus don’t know what’s interesting. Don’t vent out; remain calm and patient. Of course, you have more experience than them.
- Reason with them. For instance, ask opinion-seeking questions like; – who should be in control, what things are most important, and how can the use be minimized.
- Set ground rules. Clearly state the periods of using mobile devices, the duration, and under what circumstances.
- Try parental control/ monitoring apps. There are plenty of them that can help you monitor every activity done on their phones and advise properly.
The Bottom Line
Life in a developed country like the USA can be challenging for parents trying to help their children from excess gadget usage. Even so, as a wise and caring dad, that shouldn’t be the case. Several things can help to create balance. You can always adapt your methods to the situation at hand.