The year is 2022. Yes, that is correct. For many of us, the idea that what we once considered a very distant point in the future has become our present. With that, the proposition of social culture has undergone drastic changes and changes that may have alienated a lot of us through time. And this leads us to the big question: How have these societal changes impacted the manner in which we can connect with our children? To clarify, to “connect” in this context signifies a healthy relationship in which a parent and child of any age can completely trust one another without any reservations or barriers regarding important topics. A healthy connection between a parent and child will always aim to reach the absolute best possible outcome for both individuals.
Social culture among the youth of the present day has shifted to emphasize the influence of the internet. Whereas once upon a time children anticipated spending time with friends outdoors and at hangout places, the ability to communicate via the internet has diminished the need to physically interact on a consistent basis. Social media has taken over as a means of communication, and yet more importantly, as a channel used to influence opinions.
The purpose of this entry is not to portray the social culture of today with a negative connotation. The change is nothing more than the result of natural societal shifts we as humans partake in as we continue to move into the future. Moreso, the idea behind the question is to give attention to the existing factors in the lives of the children that may potentially be causing a strain in our connections with them. Below are a few great ways we can improve our connections with our children in the modern technological world:
Communication is key
Despite the many (and yes there are MANY) different ways in which 2 individuals can communicate in this day and age, the most effective method remains a physical and face-to-face conversation. Talking to your child can connect you to them in ways you couldn’t have imagined. Asking your child questions about topics such as how their day went or how they feel in their current life situations are essential for building greater trust. It is important for children to know that parents care about what they have to say. Adolescents and young adults who are more likely to be invested in the technological social culture of today can especially benefit from consistent communication, as they are undergoing life changes at their age.
Show interest in their activities or hobbies
Showing interest in your child’s hobbies or activities, whether in school or out, can be a fantastic way to strengthen your connection to them. Let them know you take pride in them and what they enjoy doing! You might even find yourself enjoying their hobbies yourself.
Encourage them to make moral decisions and be a role model
Help your children solve conflicts by using positive morals and encouraging them to be proud of their actions. Provide support and advice, but allow them the opportunity to make the ultimate decision. This will be a big step in the trust aspect of connecting with your child.