We got our dog a few years ago on Halloween. Named her Pumpkin. My daughter was 6-years-old, and immediately fell in love. I think that Pumpkin, our shelter mutt, is half German shepherd and half Muppet. She's a goofy, big dog.
By trusted Pinwheel affiliate
Kate Harner, MS, MBA
Founder of TechDetoxBox.com
We want our children to be happy. How can we help them get there? Is it money? Fame? Good genes? No. What makes a good life is the quality of our relationships. Let dive into why and how!
Today's kids often have a social media presence before taking their first breath. Parents-to-be share sonograms in excitement. Then babies are so adorable; it's irresistible to keep on sharing.
Humans are funny. Being able to think about our existence and reflect on our choices, we believe we're in control of ourselves. But are we?
There’s no denying that parenting today is much more difficult than previous generations before us. Parenting without today’s cultural obsession with technology is hard as it is, add in the world wide web and we have a new wave of parenting complications that is overwhelming, confusing and exhausting. However, working with teenagers and being a mother of four myself, I have found some really helpful and practical ways to build strong, resilient, independent kiddos while having technology in our home. It’s all about balance and boundaries.
The same way that you teach your child table manners, you can teach them messaging etiquette. How can you help them develop good communication skills?
"Learning is fun!" Whether you believe this statement or not, we've all heard it! On a Pinwheel, we put this phrase to the test. If your child is learning vocabulary, geography, a new language, math, or even basic coding, we've got you covered. These five apps teach an array of topics that makes learning actually FUN this summer.
Digital mastery means more than being able to tap around on a screen and make a device respond. Digital mastery is the skillset required to achieve Pinwheel's vision. That vision is a future in which human beings are the masters of technology, not captive to it.
The book "Hold Onto Your Kids" by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate, contains so much wisdom about why parents are of such vital importance to kids. The book explains all that is lost when children learn about life primarily from other kids. Peer-orientation and parental attachment are so important to understand. As a parent, it took my breath away.
Working from home while raising kids during a pandemic is challenging. Stop right here to take a breathe; you earned that and much more. The balance of parenting and working is hard to strike, but I'll always cling to the message that journalist Jennifer Griffin told me almost a decade ago.