2012 Higher Love

Parent Well in our Digital World

Gloria DeGaetano

Parent Well in our Digital World – The Best Gifts for Our Children

Part One: Guest Interview

Gloria, founder of The Parent Coaching Institute (PCI) and author of Parenting Well in a Media Age, talks with PCI Certified Parent Coach® Lauren Leiker. Lauren coaches moms, dads, and couples through her parent coaching business, ParentingAware. Lauren is also a part-time parent education instructor at North Seattle Community College. As the mother of two children ages, 13 and 10, Lauren brings both practical wisdom and much expertise as an educator to the parents she coaches.

What gifts are on your list this season? Are the gifts you want for your children the gifts they want for themselves? Or are they nagging you for the latest gadget that you don’t want to get? We are in a tsunami of technology, that’s for sure. But just because the floodgates have opened, doesn’t mean we have to succumb to every ploy to purchase the most popular device for our children. Let’s face it, marketers aren’t out for their best interests.

In this podcast, Lauren and I talk about what might be lost forever when devices replace the important gifts. And what are these most important gifts? We frame our discussion around the gifts of our Time, Connection, and Presence. Parental presence trumps all other presents, of course.
Lauren reminds us that “every experience we give to our children educates them…and us!” Tune in to hear more….

Part Two: The Parent Coaching Corner™

I am coaching Lindsey, mom of two daughters, Charlie, age 5.5 and Olive, age, 2.5. Lindsey is working to provide a balanced approach to screen technologies for her girls.

The last time we talked Lindsey was excited about all the family fun around the dinner table. Like teaching the girls how to balance spoons on their noses. It has been two weeks since our last coaching session because her girls were ill.

In this session we resume discussing her Action Plan for laying a strong foundation for her daughters’ media/digital literacy. All the pieces are coming together very well! Tune in to hear all that is falling into place for Lindsey and the amazing synchronicities that have occurred—something we have come to expect during the design Phase of PCI Coaching!