Parenting Tip of the Day: Mar. 16

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Have you ever worried that your child is “detaching” from real life due to technology? Turns out there is reason for concern. “Today we play ‘the game of life’ and rack up self-worth through likes, profile views, follows, re-tweets, etc.,” Halley Bock, an expert in human dynamics and author of the forthcoming book in January, “Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living,” told LifeZette. “We play for an audience, not for ourselves, and we become further disassociated with who we really are and what we are passionate about. So, just as we rely on others to boost our self-esteem and self-worth, we look to outside means to fill the emptiness we create when we live life on the stage.”

Teach your kids about technology’s proper place in our lives.

Related: Technology is Not a Babysitter

“The message is to recognize it for its strengths and not over-rely on it as a substitute for all communications and relationships,” explained Bock. “It can serve a temporary need to maintain or nurture an existing relationship, but it is no surrogate for the real deal.”

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