I belong to the Dad’s Club at my children’s school as well as participate in a wonderful organization called All Pro Dad. As part of being an All Pro Dad, I subscribe to their email newsletter and always look forward to the great parenting advice they give me.
One email newsletter in particular, sent this week, really caught my eye. Here’s an excerpt from that email:
In order to effectively parent your children, you need to keep up on the latest technology. If you haven’t learned the art of text messaging on your cell phone – start. It’s a great way to encourage your children and helps you keep tabs on what they’re doing.
Also, if your child has an online profile on a social networking site, such as Facebook, sign up to get one yourself and get added as a friend. It’s a great way to stay connected. As technology grows, grow with it and embrace it as a way to further your relationship with your children.
I’ve always learned technology because I wanted to and because I’m fascinated by it. But I never really stopped to think how important it might be to learn this technology to stay in tune with what my children are doing. As the father of two growing boys, it won’t be long before my children become swallowed up by emerging technologies. And if I don’t keep up with these new technologies myself, I could easily risk losing touch with my children.
What do you think? Is keeping up with new technology part of being a good parent? Leave a comment below and let me know.