While coming back from San Francisco after attending the postgrad course of the American Diabetes Association, I happened to read a very nice article in USA today on: Teenagers do Listen. I will be having a teenager son soon, so I was intrigued about the article.
The article discussed a recent media survey by Kaiser Family Foundation that showed typical kids spend as much as 7 hours and 38 minutes a day consuming entertainment media like TV, computer and game consoles. Not surprisingly why obesity is now a main global concern with our kids high tech lifestyle.
But what was astounding about the survey was that the kids whose parents set the rule plugged in to the media for only 3 hours suggesting parents have a big influence on our kids in terms of what they do and think.
Other studies likewise have shown that activities and behavior of kids are mainly influence by their parents:
1. Teens who had a bedtime at 10PM or earlier set by parents got more sleep and were less likely to be depressed published in Sleep in January.
2. Teen drivers whose parents set and enforced rules were more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to suffer road accidents including the use of cellphones while driving published in Pediatrics in September.
3.Teens whose parent also set the rules also smoke less, delay sex and do better in school.
The reality is… Teenagers care deeply about what their parents say… the challenge is getting across the rules and boundaries that don’t seem controlling!
There you go guys. It’s not too late.
Let’s GIVE MORE time to communicate with our kids…be it while eating dinner together or while driving our kids to school or while bringing them back home. The notion that fewer rules mean lesser fights may not be right after all. The welfare of our kids continue to be a priority because for me…
What they will become is a reflection of how good we are AS parents!!!