PARENTING IN THE AGE OF ATTENTION SNATCHERS
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers“.
Quote by Thich Nhat Hahn.
I can’t say enough about Lucy Jo Palladino’s book Parenting in the age of attention snatchers. This book provides great research and results in neuroscience, explaining how our children’s brains develop, and how technology devices of today are magnets to the involuntary attention of kids (and teens… and also adults).
It also helps parents decide how to balance the use of technology with the need for sustained attention. Lucy Jo Palladino explains carefully why it is critical that children develop the skill of voluntary and focused attention in order to achieve academic and emotional successes in life, and how devices “snatch” their attention. I highly recommend this book!
If you are interested in the concept of “parenting focused children” you will find very useful Lucy Jo Palladino’s website. Also, here is a link with more information about how to teach self-control to our children and how we can be a good role-model.
I love technology and all the amazing opportunities that brings, but sometimes I feel that the situation is getting out of control. This quote by Lucy Jo Palladino has impacted me deeply: “The more time we dedicate to interact with screens, the less quality time we spend really connecting with our families“. Are we really spending more time online than with our children?
Here are some more resources and links from around the world about this matter, which I hope you will find interesting:
- A great article on how students that are constantly on their devices actually learn
- An scary article from the New York Times on how screens turn kinds into psychotic junkies.
- Would you like to know what happens when parents limit screens?
- Worth reading: internet has not been designed for children.
- Some focused attention practices.
- Why Taiwan has banned the use of electronic devices on children under 2 years.
- Psychology today explains what screen time really does to kids’ brains and how too much can have lifetime consequences.
- Screen time for kids recommenations by the American Academy of Pediatrics.