Some people seem to be just born with an ability to describe the reality so accurately with words. Therefore, the Internet is full of quotes on parenting, parents and children: some hilarious, some inspirational and some simply clever. Today I’ve picked 4 great quotes you can live by as a digital parent.
1. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”
2. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
– James Baldwin
Two brilliant quotes which basically talk about the same thing – the importance of being a good role model. I’m sure we’re all familiar with a saying “actions speak louder than words”. Many kids ignore what their parents tell them, but they like to imitate their behavior. According to one study imitation is a powerful form of learning used both by toddlers and preschoolers. Talking to kids about dangers of technology is very important when raising digital natives, but what is even more important is setting a good example. Your children might not listen to you when you nag about not using the phone when eating, but what if you do the same thing? Putting it away during the meal time won’t guarantee your child will do it as well, but it’s definitely a trick worth trying.
3. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin often stated he’d wished he could see the world 300 years later. Even though he might not have thought that that technology will be so present in our lives, he hit a nail on the head with this quote when it comes to life in the digital era. According to Franklin involvement is crucial when it comes to learning process. How can you apply this quote to your digital parenting? For example take your child’s opinion when it comes to choosing a new mobile application or a movie.
4. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s such a great quote I couldn’t resist including it in one of my previous posts on the challenges parents face in the digital world. Every parent wants the best future for their children, which is not always doable. What they can do instead is to prepare them for the future. It means equipping children with useful knowledge and skills as well as helping them to get ready for the challenges and dangers of the world.
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Thanks for reading and see you next week.
Magdalena | Appetite For Education