9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday is no longer the norm as technology enables 24/7 productivity to be possible in all aspects of our lives. The ability to work remotely has provided parents the flexibility to accomplish professional obligations during the odd, early morning hours, late evenings and weekends freeing up time to attend to personal responsibilities like caring for sick children, going to doctor appointments and participating in school events. Socially, technology provides similar accommodations as friends and family no longer have to pick up the phone in order to connect, catch-up or, with the advent of Skype and FaceTime, visit with loved ones. Today’s children are also immersed in this go-go-go lifestyle as parents discover that preschool is no longer an option, but a requirement for optimal success in kindergarten, In order to maintain an even playing field, parents also enroll their children in after school enrichment activities such as dance, baseball, soccer, music, art and more.
Being born with technological savvy now seems to be part of the genetic code as children exit the womb with the innate ability to effectively manipulate cell phones, IPads and laptops for communication, social interaction and learning. This amount of stimulation, to varying degrees, is necessary in order to satisfy the evolutionary leap in intellect, creativity and physical prowess experienced by today’s generation. Downtime, however, is the modern day endangered species and quickly becoming a foreign concept to youth of all ages. Being bored is no longer an option as children experience extreme difficulty sitting, waiting their turn, resting, napping and sleeping through the night. Self-regulation skills and coping mechanisms are learned behaviors and also imperative to your child’s ability to comprehend, process and emotionally manage the complex quantities of information and sensory input they are exposed to on a daily basis. Yoga, meditation, quiet walks, mindfulness and just breathing are practices that help individuals achieve a state of relaxed awareness necessary to absorb and successfully traverse the constant flow of information.
Parents have the awesome responsibility of keeping their children in the game, while at the same time, not allowing them to be overwhelmed by it. Living a balanced life is always the most effective course of action so keep in mind that “Being On” allows your child to grow, compete and be productive in a fast-paced society, while maintaining a state of “Being” keeps your child grounded, internally satisfied and peaceful amidst the commotion and chaos of a high octane world.