We laugh about those labels now because they were so true. But when I read Debra Gilbert Rosenberg’s piece this month on labeling, I had to wonder if the labels Mom attached to us as little girls helped make us into the women we’ve become. I still would rather curl up with a book and a warm blanket while my sister is always up for an adventure, no matter the risks.
Like many parents, I find myself affectionately labeling my own kids. Marty is the perfect child, Arlee is a little lovebug and Zoe is the clown. With Rosenberg’s advice ringing in my ears, I decided to watch to see if my kids might unconsciously be trying to live up to their labels. The verdict: They just might be.
He tells us research is still being done on the impact of how avoiding face-to-face interactions now will affect our kids’ ability to communicate when they are older, even when they are parents themselves. For right now, we need to figure out how to embrace IM while still teaching kids our "old-fashioned" values and ways of communicating. That means many of us will have to step outside our comfort zone and enter our kids’ world to bridge the gap between technology and communication. I know it’ll be a challenge for me, since I can’t seem to figure out IM-speak for what I have to say, but I also know that for the sake of my kids I need to understand their world.
As always, I love to hear from you about the things you learned this month, whether in this month’s magazine or simply as you go about your daily adventures in parenting.
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