Maintaining Strong Family Relationships in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Author and Psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
Many adults bemoan the extent to which electronic communication has replaced face-to-face interactions for kids today. But what would children say about the impact of technology on their relationships, including their relationships with parents? Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and instructor at Harvard Medical School, interviewed 1000 children (ages 4 – 18), 500 parents and 500 teachers for her new book. Her surprising and important findings challenge us to reflect on how to harness the positive power of technology and protect our children and ourselves from the harmful effects technology can have on our family relationships. Whatever the age of your children, you will want to listen to this Mom Enough show!
How do you think technology has helped and/or harmed your family relationships? What are your family rules or practices about using smartphones, tablets and computers? Based on what you heard in this Mom Enough discussion, what might you do differently?