So this week we endured, embraced, rallied and relished 48 hours of life that was technology free. Yes we had no television no internet, no computers, no iPad, no iPod, no xbox, no Wii and no social networking of any kind. How did we go you ask? Well we did it, and for that I am pretty proud. Both of myself and my kids. Yes, first world problems I know, but online addiction can be a serious issue so I thought it fitting to try ourselves out and see if we were up for the challenge. Here’s what some of my kids said when I first brought this challenge to their attention. 11 year old: Why would we want to do that???? 10 year old: That doesn’t sound like a good idea at all 8 year old: No way….not happening Well suffice to say their early lack of enthusiasm was tempered with a dose of “bad luck its happening” .We did however settle on a compromise to undertake the challenge midweek. Here are some of the great things that this challenged encouraged: [Read more...]
Last week I week I got an email asking me to be an ambassador for the disCONNECT challenge. In light of my previous post on the all encompassing nature of the online world it was deemed that my readers and I may be up for the challenge to disconnect for 48 hours. My first reaction….”oh no I really don’t think that will be possible”. This is what it means:
No mobile phones
No ipod or head phones
FOR 48 HOURS! Yes a WHOLE weekend!
Even as I write this I am feeling a little nervous about my undertaking. [Read more...]
Why do we need to understand the technology that our kids are immersed in?
The reason is simply that. It is their world, and like it or not, they will be immersed.
As a parent it is our duty to understand it, relate to it, connect with it and ultimately to continue to teach our children how to survive in it.
Too often we hear parents lament that it is “all too beyond them”. They believe they will never ‘catch up’ with the knowledge and skills that appear to be innate to this generation. Whilst kids will likely be one step ahead in their technical knowledge and abilities however, we as parents must insist on staying as close as possible in order to effectively educate and guide them through the pitfalls. [Read more...]
Reading , watching or hearing about people who overcome adversity always makes us feel good. We love to know that hard work pays off, that obstacles and challenges can be met and conquered, that a dark cloud has a silver lining and that when all seems lost, dreams and hopes become a reality.
This past week I was fortunate enough to be able to interview some Australian athletes who will soon be competing in the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics. I wanted to know a little more about their childhood and those that inspired them to overcome life’s challenges and excel in their chosen sports.
Christian Williams is working to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in the Archery team. Despite having a serious heart condition, Christian has learnt to make changes to his goals and aspirations in order to find a sport that allows him to safely compete. In doing so he has showed enormous dedication as well as a drive and persistence that he is keen to demonstrate to other young people hoping to follow their dreams. [Read more...]