Parenting in the Digital Age

As we reach another era of progress, we also come across the downside of these breakthroughs in life.  No doubt the digital age that has landed in our laps is one to celebrate about because of the convenience and economical way of doing our daily tasks, but we start to uncover its not-so-great impact with regards to rearing children.

The digital age has come and now we have to deal with its side effects, which magnifies when it comes to education. There is surely a connection between the integration of technology in our daily life and educational expectations of the children.  Because we are equipped to get things done faster, such as having easy access to information with the internet and as well as the ease of communication through our cellfones, there are higher expectations and less tolerance for excuses.  That may be a natural expectation but we have to consider a child’s nature, his level of comprehension and absorption of information, and the pace in which he can relate to the changing world.

With advancements and new methods in learning being introduced everyday, the children are now exposed to a more competitive environment.  As education standards continue to rise, children are expected to learn at a faster pace.

As early as the pre-school age, children are already facing challenges in which parents are expected to equip themselves with the latest learning tools so they can provide their children the needed support to pave the way for their future success.

L-R Dr. Maricar De Ocampo, Ruffa Guttierrez, Dr. Sabrina Tan

Acknowledging this need, Wyeth Philippines, manufacturer of Progress Pre-school Gold milk, recently showcased recent breakthroughs in learning and development at an event held at the Top Shelf, Fully Booked, in Bonifacio High Street last January 26, 2012.  Guest Speakers included: Dr. Maricar de Ocampo, Educational Consultant and Professor at De La Salle University; Dr. Sabrina Tan, school psychologist and member of the International Neuropsychological Society;  and celebrity mom, Ruffa Gutierrez.

When it comes to boosting your child’s learning, focusing on IQ is not enough. Dr. Maricar de Ocampo revealed new insights on memory that shows how this factor can be crucial in helping to equip your child for the future. “Intelligence is not just IQ but also memory, which is not just about remembering information but more importantly applying information properly.  Your memory affects your ability to easily retrieve and apply stored information, such as in problem-solving – and the ability to solve problems is often a factor in defining intelligence,” Dr. Ocampo said.

Dr. De Ocampo encourages 15 minutes of sleep after lunch as well as the following for a healthy lifestyle and relationship with your children:

  1. Read everyday, be updated
  2. Hydrate, drink lots of water
  3. Take trips for the  holiday
  4. Listen to good music as      there is a connection between music and mathematics
  5. Eat well, don’t consume too      much sugar
  6. Talk and discuss good and      bad memories with your children
  7. Engage in recreational      activities together, activities that can help explain the ideas of compare      and contrast.
  8. Read, read, and read
  9. Hug your child everyday

Meanwhile, child development expert Dr. Sabrina Tan unveiled the “triad of success” when it comes to child development, which are the child’s cognitive, social and emotional skills.  “All three skills are interdependent, interact, and factor into each other’s success. A child who develops each of these aspects well, has more chances of succeeding in school, in social environments, in different endeavors,” Tan explained.

The fact remains that technology is all around us and have become cultural tools.  Their educational advantages include being multi-sensory, being able to provide extensive information, and they are fun to use.  On the other hand, their disadvantages to child rearing include a disconnection from the real world, overuse, desensitization fromviolence, the child becomes inattentive, impulsive, inpatient when it comes to human interaction.

Dr. Tan shares some tips to create a home learning environment:

  1. There      should be a home-school partnership
  2.  Use technology as a tool but still      monitor whenever your child uses a computer. They should learn from you,      not through the internet
  3. Allot      them a suggested maximum time of 1-2 hours internet or “tech time”.
  4. Teach      them to make connections.  Be their      playing partner so they acquire a higher kind of learning.
  5. Be      their role model. Listen, validate, and share with your kids.
  6. Parents      still have the last say when it comes to the social-emotional environment      best for their children.
Celebrity mom Ruffa Guttierez (Right)

Celebrity guest Ruffa Gutierrez opens up about how she feels regarding her kids’ education and upbringing: “Reading is knowledge.  I encourage my kids to read constantly.  They can engage in sports or computer on weekends but they should devote an hour everyday to homework.” Ruffa adds:  “I have big dreams for my daughters. I want them to achieve more than what I have. I like my kids to graduate from an Ivy League school since I did not have the opportunity to study in a University “  With regards to the internet and cellfone usage, she lets her kids explore and enjoy the use of tech gadgets but she monitors them quietly and keeps the  passwords from them.

Nutrition naturally plays an important role as well. Progress Senior Product Manager Rachel Tongson shares, “Progress Pre-school Gold has always been committed to providing advancements in nutrition so that moms can help their children at their peak performance. Progress Pre-School Gold‘s GOLD Biofactors System was formulated based on the latest scientific research, supporting 4 development areas of a child: Mental and Visual, Growth, Immunity, and Digestion.

“With its reformulation, Progress Pre-School GOLD provides at least 100% of the RENI for Vitamin A, Iron, Iodine and Zinc, and meets 100% of Vitamin D requirement according to the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the recommended servings of 2 – 3x per day.  These five nutrients have been identified by the World Health Organization as ‘at-risk,’” Tongson added.
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with Ruffa and Ruth (right)
with Dr. De Ocampo and Ruth
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