What are your thoughts on technology? I’d love to hear 👂🏻 what you think 💭
In a world 🌎 that is continuously increasing it’s use of technology 💻 I feel it’s hard to cut it out of our children’s lives completely. It’s how they connect and engage on some level. Especially working in primary schools 🏫 I saw how they used social media and discussed tv shows (they were also amazing at setting up online projects! I often asked them for help 😬). I think children need to learn how to find a balance ⚖️ with the guidance of parents. There are some shows that are more educational than others and can be interesting to children 👧🏻. But I still think 💭 connecting with nature 🍂, being outdoors as much as possible ☀️ 🏖 🌳and having unstructured play with minimal technology as you can is the way to go!
Share with us below what you think? 🤔
So, I had an idea to launch "Top Tip Tuesdays", a little gem of a hint to facilitate your Enriching Environment and thus enhance your parenting experience. I'll share this weekly.
Today's Top Tip for supporting collaboration in the home:
"Can you put your shoes on so we can leave, set the table for lunch, tidy up your toys.....?"
(never ask a question that you don't want to receive a 'no' to 😂, otherwise you are then backed into a corner that you can't get out of 🤦🏽♀️)
Change gear and say this:
"It would be really helpful if you could... "Pop your shoes on so we are all ready to leave at the same time, set the table for lunch as it's almost ready, put your toys back where they belong to make the sitting room look smart.." Shift the energy and the tone of your voice so it doesn't sound like a command, say it with lightness. You both know that if they can't manage to do it at this time then you are going to support them anyway so don't attach any importance to it 🤷🏽♀️. When they have done what you asked acknowledge with a "Thank you, that was so helpful, now we can have lunch/leave etc." No need to praise them or tell them they are a clever boy or a good girl, they know that already 😉. Just acknowledge their effort in the same way you appreciate the effort you make being acknowledged.
A comical example of the above as played out with your partner:
You: Can you empty the dishwasher? S/he replies "no".😬
You say instead "It would be really helpful if you could empty the dishwasher whilst I'm finishing off cooking dinner". S/he replies, "Sure I can help".
You say to her/him afterwards "You're such a good girl/boy, you're so clever (It sounds ridiculous doesn't it?😂) Instead, you say: " Thank you, that was a big help, let's eat" 🥰🤩. Speak to your child with the same authenticity and courtesy you would like to receive yourself.
Form a new habit of using language that elicits cooperation, that strengthens relationships and builds a sense of belonging. We all really want to belong to something special, don't we?
Let me know how you get on with integrating this Top Tip into your Enriching Environment 🌹🌻⭐🌺
Today's messy baby play. Not quite interested in using the brush, just wanted to rake and scoop everything up.
Was just fixing his "future play" stash, but then he saw it and wanted to open already. I figured, it's time.