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Raising Daughters: Side Effects of Too Much Technology

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We lived through generation X, Y and Z and now, we are raising generation M squared. The multi-media generation would rather be in front of a screen than sit down and talk with their mom.  Are movies and social media impacting your relationship with your children?

Snap chat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.

Basically, if your teen is awake, they’re either texting, tweeting, chatting, messaging or at the movies. In fact, a new survey reports kids spend more time with media than they do with their parents or in school, clocking in seven hours and 38 minutes a day either in front of a TV, behind a computer screen or glued to their phone. So what is a parent to do?

Gwendolen Mazyck told Ivanhoe, “I monitor everything she does. She says it’s nosey I say it’s being a parent.”

Gwendolen Mazyck is raising a daughter in the digital age.  Twelve year old Miyyah is a model, actress, singer.  She is growing up in a connected world that is not always safe.

Girls’ empowerment specialist, Caryl Lucas, told Ivanhoe, “Raising our daughters requires mom to be honest about what time it is in this high pressured, very sexual, and highly competitive technological age we’re in.”

Life coach Caryl Lucas specializes in improving the relationships between mothers and daughters. She believes to raise a productive, independent daughter in this hi-tech world; mothers need to raise a daughter who knows who she is and what she wants to be.

Lucas told Ivanhoe, “A mother’s essential role is to begin designing her daughter’s self-esteem and self-worth, from the cradle until she becomes a woman.”

It can seem like an uphill battle. Teen girls spend 30 hours a week in front of a screen. On average, they send a hundred texts a day but how is all this media affecting them? In the largest study of its kind, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that kids who spent more time with media reported grades of a C or lower and were more depressed than their peers.

But how do you get your message through all the noise? First off, kids emulate what they see. Put your phone down and talk to your child. Model body acceptance, don’t focus on the perfect woman you see on TV or in a magazine, focus on being healthy. Direct your praise away from appearance and more onto accomplishments.

Don’t raise your daughter as a pleaser. Encourage her to stand up for what she needs and wants. Let her choose, even if you think the choice is wrong. Also, be involved in her life.

“And not a spectator on the outside looking in,” Lucas told Ivanhoe.

And most importantly, don’t do all the talking.

Gwendolen Mazyck told Ivanhoe, “I listen to her. I allow her to speak her mind.”

Gwendolen encourages Miyyah to find her own voice. She formed a singing group, called Lil Divas in the City. They sing about anti bullying, cyber bullying and other prevalent problems for kids today.

Miyyah Thomas told Ivanhoe, “People have called me fat and dumb.”

The bottom line is that moms can make a difference. Parenting in the 21st century means paying attention to everything our children are doing online, on their phones and with their friends.

Your involvement can actually have a profound and positive effect. 

Moms also stop your child’s multi-tasking. When they are doing their homework or reading, turn off the TV and music.  Studies show that when a child is multi-tasking, it affects their attention and retention of information.  MORE.


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