Digital Parenting

I’m an Occupational Therapist.  I became one after graduating from the OT program at the University of North Dakota December of 1988.  I became a parent in October 1992.  Cell phones entered my life and made my parenting digital in June of 2006.

First it was flip phones and finding a cheap texting plan.  Then it was dealing with paying for overages of texts, then came unlimited texting.  Then Smartphones entered the field and social networks and notifications.  Now digital parenting is a major part of parenting.  Not only in the United States but around the world.

160 characters per message is a challenge to parenting that will not go away. We can thank Friedhelm Hillebrand for the length of text and twitter messages.  There is a wonderful site specific to cell phones and family life. This link will take you there.

Digital parenting is not the problem.  How we cope with cellphones and incorporate them into our parenting is the problem to address.

It is not an easy thing to raise a child today.   Virgina Satir agrees.

Parents teach in the toughest school in the word: The School for Making People. You are the board of education, the principal, theclassroom teacher, and the janitor, all rolled into two. . . . There are few schools to train you for your job, and there is no general agreement on the curriculum. . . . You are on duty, or at least on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for at least 18 years for each child you have. Besides that, you have to contend with an administration that has two leaders or bosses, whichever the case may be. - Virginia Satir


263 thoughts on “Digital Parenting”

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  2. A good choice; I’d say Ellsworth’s book has a leg up by virtue of its action sort of sprawling all over the page, creeping into the margins and creating a sense of circulation… Wax Cross reads to me just a little more straightforward for its tight, sharp panel arrangements. Maybe the narration distances me a little too, while Ellsworth works mainly in harried dialogue… small distinctions, but the sense of absorption is important to me in narrative psychedelia.

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  7. While I wouldn’t … While I wouldn’t want a guy whose job is sitting on his butt watching tv and playing COD all day, I wouldn’t know how to deal with a guy who made 100K a year. I grew up not having much, and I dated dudes who were in similar straights. I’m the type who will help pay the tab, or we take turns paying, etc. I don’t ask for a lot, and I feel uncomfortable when a guy buys me something expensive. It makes me wonder what he really wants. Was this answer helpful?

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  11. rusty83 To Stephen, I’m glad that you had the courage to pull the plug even though you were mid stream. That’s awesome you got an internship at an ad agency. I’ve also done a copywriting internship at a local ad agency. Advertising and marketing is filled with creative, smart people. I’m trying now to develop my marketing knowledge and skills and get a full-time job as a writer. Good luck and I’m glad that you are happy with your decision. Me too. James from

  12. Dezperado,Se JEB se tem demitido da primeira vez que pensou faze-lo (ao fim de 4/5 meses de mandato), creio que não haveria azo a especulações.Neste caso, estou apenas a falar para os meus botões: O que é que mudou assim tanto? Ainda para mais, há um mês atrás dizia que estava concluída a reestruturação do Grupo Sporting. Pelos vistos não…

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  19. MaLquE:Si me imagino cuanto le toca pagar a Kiku, porque a los contribuyentes chicos siempre les cargan la mano y nunca les perdonan nada.En cambio a los empresarios amigos del "presiso" les toca pagar una mierda, a plazos y como si nada.Que es que es que es????????

  20. Qu’importe le bord politique, en l’occurrence, on ne peut qu’apprécier les résultats.Du concret, du pragmatisme, le soucis de la responsabilité devant les citoyens, et celui du respect de l’équilibre économique et social sans lequel notre société se tire une balle dans le pied et hypothèque son avenir.Tout ceci fait défaut presque partout dans notre pays, de manière croissante au fil des décennies.

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  24. Cody,Could you clarify what you mean in your first statement? I think I understand, but I would hate to assume anything.I concur 100% with your last statement, especially based on what I also read in 1 John 1:8– “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”SOLA GRATIA!

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  28. It’s editorials like that in the NYT that encourage me to believe that we are witnessing the hegemony of bourgeois bolshevism in its death throes. Its ever-increasing stridency and censoriousness is not evidence of strength but weakness. They know they are losing the battle. The only concern is whether it is replaced by ever more insane leftism or a movement back to the right.

  29. Podría ser Eduardo. Pero la realidad, es que prefiero siempre pensar en empresas que esté marcando máximos en lugar de otras que estén volviendo desde el abismo… entendes?

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