We’re having a lot of problems with him. And, we can’t seem to get him off of his cellphone and Xbox.” That’s what the lady sitting behind me at breakfast said the other day. I immediately sat up straight and leaned a little closer to listen in. (Okay, so I’m nosy.)
She wanted her son to be present. She wanted to connect. And, she also wanted her husband to help in cutting her son’s addiction to electronic devices.
But, she felt alone.
I have the same problem with my 17-year old brother.
There is a 16-year age gap between us and I no longer live at home. I really want to connect with him before he graduates and goes to college. But whenever we hang out together, he is distracted by incessant text messages and Instagram likes.
Did you know that a teenager will text an average of 3,400 times per month and will spend more time with media than with parents or teachers? It’s true based on a 2012 CNN Story.
Given that my parents have raised eight children, I asked them what they thought about parenting in the digital age. I was raised in the nineties…when all the cool kids had private land lines. But, I wasn’t even allowed to talk on the phone after 9 p.m.
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