Attention Parents who want to get informed, stay safe and have fun with their kids in a brave, new, digital-media world…
Introducing the 5 Essential Keys
to Raising Kids Well in a Media Age
“This type of culture is new to humans, so parenting in it is new as well. And it’s tricky.”
From the Desk of: Alice Jungclaus
Date: Monday 4:46 PM
So many parents I work with worry about the effects of our wired age on family life, especially on their kid’s learning and development. I can’t blame them really. A lot of parents today are simply too busy to find out exactly what they can do to protect and prepare their child for interfacing with screen technologies safely and appropriately for their age and stage, while still having fun in the 21st century.
At the same time, parents I talk to hate being told what to do and how to do it. They hate feeling as if they have to deny their kids access to modern screen technologies in order to parent effectively in a digital-media era. I totally get it! But we actually CAN parent well while enjoying a family life alongside digital and screen gadgets.
The truth is screen technologies are embedded in so many aspects of our lives today (sorry, they’re not going away any time soon!) Whether you have just a few screens in your family life with school-aged children or you have a baby and want to get a fabulous head-start supporting your infant’s development, the core foundation must be clear first. It’s much easier when you have a conscious and deliberate approach.
Parenting well in a screen-saturated world doesn’t have to be rigid, strict and boring. AND it doesn’t have to be a lot of work!
You CAN Cultivate Your Child’s Learning Potential
WITHOUT Sacrificing Fun and Joy
I’m Alice Jungclaus, founder of the Global Wise Parenting blog and co-owner of Global Wise Living GmbH, and I’m known for my clear and engaging methods to navigate parenting in the modern global age that appeals particularly to busy, heart-centered parents…
I’ve been teaching in Kindergarten through Grade 8 classrooms with evolving computer technology all over the world from Canada and Hong Kong to Japan and Switzerland since 1995 and I’ve been coaching parents online since 2013. It’s a whole new world out there with rapidly-changing information-technologies and super curious kids. And if you haven’t noticed, the gap between kids’ and parents’ ease and experience of infotech is widening too – often times with parents falling sharply behind their kids.
It used to be that parents held the reins on most incoming media messages in their children’s lives – TV and movie access were under our control once-upon-a-time. No more. That’s because it’s the INTERNET and the extremely exciting gadgets on the market today that make access to screens a common daily practice…87% of the population uses the internet in the United States alone! (PEW Research Center, June 2014)
(Yes, more and more environments are featuring screens: homes, classrooms, cars and virtually everywhere with hand-held devices). Parents are no longer gatekeepers for their children’s access to screen technologies.
And parents want to have a significant impact on their children’s healthy development! In fact, parents are increasingly vocal about wanting their kids to learn how to learn without being tethered to screens.
Regardless of your generation, there is likely a clear screen media message that left a subtle (or not so subtle) mark in your mind…maybe it was a catchy song in an ad for a box of cereal you saw on television, a particular brand of beverage in the pre-movie commercials at the cinema, or an attractive lifestyle you were mesmerized by on your favorite show.
I remember being a new mother during a time when DVDs for babies were all the rage. A friend gave me a gift from this DVD series which was touted as a helpful learning experience for babies. I ended up using the gift with my little one without any knowledge of the research on the impact of screens on infant development (despite being an experienced K-8 teacher).
Personally, I don’t recall ever hearing screen exposure mentioned in any of the prenatal classes I took nor did my health-care providers mention the child brain development research related to media and screen technologies. Why? My guess is that they had enough on their professional plates to keep them busy.
And that’s the real trick, isn’t it? So many parents are busy (but wanting to nurture their child’s healthy development) but they just don’t know what they don’t know. In fact, unconsciously going with the flow as you parent (like I did as a new mom) unwittingly creates the conditions for a particular path in your child’s maturation process. I’m here to tell you that can be a detrimental BLINDSPOT, causing you and your child much stress down the road!
Nothing against advances in screen technology, but today’s KIDS are immersed in digital media. If you still don’t think media exposure for kids has surpassed what you experienced in your childhood, check out these stats…
- 73% of children have a presence online by the age of 2
- 1 in 10 children are given their first mobile before they’re five years old
- 74% of eight- to eleven- year olds have access to an iPad or tablet at home
- 63% of children get their first smartphone before they start elementary school.
*UK statistics from an article in Digital parenting magazine (Issue 3, Generation Internet)
With numbers like these, isn’t it time to focus on what PARENTS most want for their children?
Let’s face the facts. Even if you don’t live in one of the top 10 countries with the largest number of digital natives today, that’s likely to change soon.
Wouldn’t knowing HOW TO NAVIGATE these larger societal shifts towards digital media immersion (and how to protect and support your child’s learning development) be useful to you? Of course it would!
Now more than ever, we’re realizing that there’s much more complexity to parenting in the 21st century than meets the eye. And it pains me to see so many parents leaving it to chance when it comes to screen technologies. With that in mind, I’ve created a book group focused on an award-winning book called Parenting well in a Media Age: Keeping Our Kids Human, by Gloria DeGaetano. The group is called “The Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group”.
Will moms find it helpful? You bet!
Will dads find it useful? Absolutely!
The discussion group is designed to be a game-changer in your perspective on parenting today. You don’t have to struggle with a lot of time (and stress) in getting what you want and need to know to be a more informed 21st century parent. Now you can have FUN sharing your thoughts and opinions as you engage with a must-read book for navigating parenting today.
In this book discussion group, you quickly understand:
- How to engage with your child, in timely, brain-friendly ways with screen technologies that are straightforward and sensible. (I confess, I return time and time again to the 5 core areas described in this book for inspiration and ideas for parenting at different ages and stages. Gloria really lays it on the line in a clear and compassionate way);
- How to ask questions and share comments with your children to strengthen your Parent-Child Bond (when you’ve got the right relationship with your child, it trumps digital-media and peer influences every time);
- How to cultivate a deeper connection with your child and nurture their identity development right away (when you have example statements at your fingertips, you get a clear idea of how to effectively frame a parenting conversation with friendships and digital media in mind);
- How language and image-making work together in your strategic approach to influencing your child’s engagement with screen media (the author boils down the volumes of research on brain development and leaning into the best ideas and techniques you can use right away to interact with your child);
- The truth behind play and creative expression as a powerful and sustainable parenting practice (you may be shocked by some of the detrimental consequences of insufficient play and creative expression that some 21st century kids experience).
As you can see, this book discussion group will focus on key information for positioning you and your parenting as the primary reference point for your kids as they face a profit-driven, media-oriented culture. Whether you’re a new parent or well into raising tweens and teens, your own insights will expand over the 5-weeks in the “Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group”. You not only get to connect with other parents to talk about the 5 essential needs of children outlined in the book, but you also get my personal attention and structured guidance to help you draw out the most powerful ideas in the book. Here’s the full opportunity:
- 5 online, LIVE Skype calls with a small group of like-minded parents
- Access to a private, password-protected virtual portal to support you in organizing topics, themes, questions and answers for our LIVE calls
- Professionally facilitated, guided discussion on the parts of the book that are most important and relevant to you
As if the knowledge you walk away with after this book discussion group wasn’t enough, you get this complimentary bonus as my free gift:
- A 30-minute, private P.S. (Parenting Success) conversation with me
I truly hope that you’ll make a choice to be a part of “The Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group”. You deserve clarity and trustworthy research-based information for raising thriving kids in a rapidly-changing world. You can make whatever changes to your 21st century parenting life that you want. All you have to do is get started!
P.S. I’m so passionate about child development because I’ve seen first-hand how parents who nurture the 5 core areas outlined in this book (or even make small tweaks) enjoy life more and have children who are thriving in our brave, new digital-media world. With so much media bombarding us every day, don’t you owe it to yourself (and to your kids) to do something about it? I think you do.
- Screen media features heavily in the new parenting reality. It’s here to stay and it can profoundly influence your children, even when you’re not there.
- Screen media serves interests outside of your family’s unique concerns. The “screen machine” messages complicate the natural progression of healthy child development.
- Screen media is an underestimated challenge in parenting today. It has an impact on your child’s learning and overall maturation in specific ways at different ages and stages.
Leverage what you learn in this book discussion group now. If not now, then when?
NOTE: The book group size is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
If you have any doubt that the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group is a fit for you, I’d encourage you to read our FAQs before registering. I want you to make this decision without any reservation.
1. Does the book come with my purchase when I join the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group?
No. Participants must purchase their own copy of the book Parenting Well in a Media Age: Keeping Our Kids Human by Gloria DeGaetano. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
2. Why would I want to participate? How is this different from reading the book on my own?
Research tells us that typically, we remember only about 10% of what we read. When reading is combined with engaged group discussion, retention of the material read increases to about 50%! If you’re really interested in getting the most out of the award-winning book Parenting Well in a Media Age: Keeping Our Kids Human by Gloria DeGaetano, this is the discussion group for you. Some people don’t care about remembering essential ideas and timeless concepts in what they read. The question is: Do you?
3. How do I join and what can I expect?
After contacting Alice you will receive a link to enable you to register for the next session for the discussion group. The link will take you to the enrollment page that will ask you for your first and last name, your email and your Skype name (aka Skype handle). Following successful entry of this contact information, you’ll be able to read your personalized terms and conditions of joining the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group. If you agree to the terms and conditions, you simply need to check the box indicating that you agree. Next, simply click to continue to a secure PayPal page at which time you can use your credit card or PayPal account to book your spot in the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group. Upon successful completion of payment, you will receive an invoice via email from Global Wise Living GmbH. Then within 24-48 hours, you will receive an email from Alice with the details for registering in our private, password-protected, online portal so that you can get started right away with orienting and preparing yourself for our first LIVE call in the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group.
4. What are the exact dates and times for the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group?
There are five, LIVE, 60-minute online discussion meetings via group Skype call. Click here to contact Alice to find out when the next discussion group starts.
5. How much is it to participate?
Participation in the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group is 200 CHF (Swiss Francs) which is close to the value of the American (U.S.) dollar at the time of writing this FAQ page. Imagine, for less than the cost of a number of activities you might choose to do in any given week (dinner and a movie, a massage, etc), you can enjoy purposeful conversation and a thoughtful learning experience with a small community of parents who want to succeed in the face of the challenge of meeting their children’s developmental needs and supporting optimal learning in an age of digital media.
6. What’s included in the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group?
- Five, 60-minute, LIVE Skype group calls with Alice Jungclaus, a a PCI Certified Parent Coach® and international educator;
- Access to a private, password-protected virtual portal to organize your book discussion materials, questions and answers;
- An early registration bonus for parents who register a minimum of 2 weeks prior start date and time for the discussion group:
The bonus is a complimentary, 30-minute, individual P.S. (Parenting Success) call with Alice after you complete the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group and at a mutually agreeable time.
7. What are the terms and conditions of booking a spot in the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group?
All bookings are subject to availability. Bookings are nonrefundable after purchase from Global Wise Living GmbH. It’s your responsibility to check that you have been enrolled for the correct group and that you are aware of the correct times and dates of the live, online Skype meetings. You will be required to provide your first and last name, your Skype name (aka Skype handle) along with a valid and current email address to confirm your booking. Your booking must be paid in full and in advance of the first LIVE call in the Busy Parent’s Book Discussion Group. Payment must be made online via PayPal using a credit card or a PayPal account.
8. The call times for the book discussion group don’t work for my time zone! Do you have any book discussion group times that work for my part of the world?
Yes, if you live in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan or other locations in East Asia or the Southern Hemisphere, you’re in luck!
The five, LIVE, 60-minute online discussion meetings for these regions of the world happen via group Skype on Saturdays. Please click here to contact Alice for details.