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Learning to Swim

In a world overflowing with technology, many parents feel ill-equipped to teach their kids how to use it wisely. This workshop session provides a clear model for helping the parents and leaders in your ministry navigate this crucial subject. Listen to “Learning to Swim: Helping Parents Navigate Raising Children in a Technology World,” presented by Jeremy Pettitt at the 2018 Children’s Pastors’ Conference in Orlando.

 

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Disconnect to Connect

Technology brings many benefits to our lives. But excessive screen time can create a flat, one-dimensional existence. We were made for the rich, three-dimensional experience of relationship with God and one another. So, while technology is great for some types of communication, it is no substitute for real-world, face-to-face connection.

The goal is not just less screen time, but more real connection. Start two simple strategies to shift the balance in your family life.

TECH-FREE ZONES

Choose several “tech-free zones” where the family agrees to put away devices in order to enhance real-life connection. Select from the following zones or come up with your own. Consider placing a basket in each location for everyone to drop their devices as they enter.

1. Mealtime: Include the table at home and in restaurants so that every mealtime can foster face-to-face conversation.

2. Drive Time: Rather than everyone retreating into his or her device, use the time driving together to connect, pray for the day ahead or hear about everyone’s high and low point during the day. (Some exceptions may apply, such as limited use during long distance travel, etc.)

3. Date Time: Give your undivided attention to your spouse during dates. It is ok if you need to check your phone to be sure the sitter is not trying to reach you, but then go right back to enjoying time together.

<h3>REAL CONNECTION IDEAS</h3>
While reducing tech time, increase the time you spend together as a couple, a family or with friends. Choose from the following ideas or come up with your own for making memories and conversation.
• Play a board game together
• Cook a meal together
• Play a sport together
• Go for a walk or bike ride together
• Read a book aloud to the children as they turn pages
• Do a service project together

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Challenge technology

Connected 3D

Technology brings many benefits to our lives. But excessive screen time can create a flat, one-dimensional existence. We were made for the rich, three-dimensional experience of relationship with God and one another. So, while technology is great for some types of communication, it is no substitute for real-world, face-to-face connection.

Do you control your devices or are they starting to control you? How about your family? In a culture where everyone seems more “connected” than ever, how do we nurture real connection with the most important people in
our lives?

Join us starting January 28th as we encourage families to replace distracting technology habits with healthy patterns by connecting 3D:

• Disconnect to Connect: Choose specific times and locations to consistently disconnect from devices in order to connect with God, family and friends.

• Deepen Internal Values: Model and coach your family toward God-honoring technology habits.

• Develop External Boundaries: Find and set the right safety and accountability strategy for yourself and everyone in your home.

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