Eps 82: A Conversation about Parenting in the Age of Smart Phones with Kim Muench

Today’s guest is Kim Muench, a mother of five, parenting writer, a certified parenting coach and lover of parents of adolescents. We are discussing navigating decisions around technology with our kids. Join us!

“Conscious parenting: being mindful and walking the tight rope between giving them autonomy and knowing when to step in and help them see the potential consequences of choices”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Balancing your need for control and desire to protect your kids with providing access to benefits of smart phones

  • Building trust, letting go of our own experiences and not projecting our own mischief (which can lead to friction)

  • Navigating the tightrope: being honest, open and self-aware as you work through technology use with your kids

  • Negotiating smart phone boundaries within your family

  • Scaffolding social media communication – building progressively

  • Adolescent boundary pushing as learning

  • Falling off the tight rope – learning as a practice and getting back up

  • Creating an agreement around technology usage – a collaborative approach subject to revision as needed initiated by either party

  • Limits as helping

  • Why you need open conversation about social media including topics such as safeguards and kindness

  • Technology as distraction and disconnection

  • Reassessing agreements on technology without blame and shame

  • The value of eye contact and being fully present in resolving conflict

  • How to address reigning in technology use under the umbrella of conscious parenting – identifying the source

  • Working collaboratively vs exerting control – what are the outcomes of these approaches?

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Episode Five: Talking about tweens with Shannon Younger from Tween US

Show Notes:

It was my great pleasure to interview Shannon Younger from Tween US.  You can find her blog on the Chicago Now website.

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Shannon lives with her 12 year old in the suburbs of Chicago and has been blogging on Tween US for the past 3 years...

"When we are feeling pain in our own parenting practices, chances are, other parents are feeling the same way..."  - Casey

Tina Bryson Payne and Dan Siegel - brain development in teens

"Doesn't have to be us vs. them."  - Shannon

"Stand in your firmness within the context of being in relationship with your child."  - Casey

Tweens and Social Media

*  Take the out!  Kids must be 13 to participate

*  So much goes on that parents are unaware of.  Check out your child's friends pages....

*  Remember that internet isn't all bad - it can be a helpful/fun tool

    - Bethany Mota  You Tube Channel

*  Take time to train and develop skills

Smart Phones

*  Communications skills

*  Making agreements/setting boundaries together

*  Central "charging station" at night (Shannon's is in her bedroom)

Lauren Steinberg -  Author of The 10 Basic Principles of Goof Parenting

"My 12 was not the same as your 12, but my 12 was painful too." - Shannon

Stay connected by having fun, sharing laughs and reminding them they are a part of a family.

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