007 Parenting On Empty – Managing The Activity Calendar

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In this episode we talk about the pressures to “do it all.”  David and Tamara talk about how they deal with a full calendar of activity.  Where do you find the time to just relax and enjoy the family?  Let us know what you think.  What are your creative ideas for keeping a handle on a busy lifestyle?

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  1. Your comment of technology is in the home is so true. You can lose your child “in your own home”…”right in front of you”. There used to be no “teenager culture” because teens were busy. Then, they had more “time” and what did they do with their time? Fill it with activities that could potentially cause problems. The teenage brain is immature. That is just a fact. They get into trouble if they are on their own without appropriate adult, support that includes love and guidance.

    In the same way we put our beliefs on our pets (humanizing them), we put our beliefs on our children (adultacizing them). Children do not have to do or have the same things as adults. Privacy, space, iPods, iPhones…why do they need them right away?

    The other thing is filling up their time. Whatever time is left over…let them have supervised technology…supervised meaning TEACH them the benefit of technology. Don’t leave them on their own because they will innocently be exposed to the bad…which ultimately hurts them in the end. Filling up their time means family time, meals as a family, (it means parental involvement in scheduling everyone’s life for the good of everyone), family clean up (you have the benefits of being in a family…food, clothes, love, support…you work in the family as well…team effort), family activities, sports, music. Most of their time should be filled with things that help your child grow towards a happy, mature, independent life.

    Things that seem “ok” (all forms of technology) are not necessarily benign.

    As for privacy…if your kids get phones and computer time, let them know right away, before you give them the privilege, that anything they do on it is open to parental scrutiny. If they can’t accept it, they don’t get the privilege.

    Nice to hear your voice, Tam!

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