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Like me!  Friend me!  Read my blog!  Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.  these are all things we’re hearing and seeing nowadays in this new world of technology.  And I have to say that I’m right there in the midst of it all, tweating, following, commenting and liking with the best of them.  Although I’m still learning the ins and outs of hashtags.

But what does that have to do with parenting, you might ask.  After all, this is supposed to be a blog about parenting tips.  Well read on, my friend and you’ll find out.

In today’s world where technology has become an obsession with us, parenting is even harder than ever.  There’s so much competition for your attention.  Televisions, IPads, IPods, IPhones, Smart Phones, Tablets, Computers.  DVD’s and  TV’s in cars, in the kitchen, in the bedrooms, etc.  Okay, you get my drift, right?  When do you talk with your children?  When do you hug them and play with them and “hang out” with them?  Because those are the times when you are teaching them, about your values, about your family history, about your likes and dislikes, about who you are and in turn you want want them to be.  Not to mention a big part of your day you’re at work and they’re in school.  When does the quality time come in?

It’s a tough question and one that every good parent has to navigate.  I’m not trying to lay a guilt trip on you.  I just want you to think through the issue and choose the things that will help your child succeed in life.  It’s not going to come from the gadgets that we all have.  And you don’t want it coming from the opinions of others.   You want to be the one to influence your children.  So my question to you is… Are you leading your children are you giving up  that important duty to others?  It’s a choice!  And the choice you make will have lasting impact on your child.  Make the right one!  

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