Sometimes being a parent in this newly connected world can lead to issues that our parents never had to face. Take for example these two text message I received the other night:
“Dad wake up i got caught sneaking out im sorry were coming right now”
“The police are gonna come wake you up once again im sorry”
As it turns out I didn’t have the phone close enough to where I sleep to have it wake me up. I awoke to my son knocking on my bedroom door telling me he was in trouble and that I needed to come and meet the police officer at the door.
With this connected world of MIDs, cell phones, GPS and more I realized that I could have used software to warn me that he was out. I could have turned on the alarm system to wake me when he tried to sneak out. There are many ways I could have used technology to try and prevent such an incident but honestly, no technology ever can replace the need for a parent to do just that: Parent!
My son wasn’t in big trouble, our small community has police officers watching over it 24×7 and thankfully we’ve avoided many problems larger cities have due to this oversight. He was brought home for sneaking out to enjoy a summer evening with a couple of girls from a few blocks away. He had violated curfew but was not causing trouble in doing so.
The reason I wanted to mention this is that sometimes we get so caught up in technology solutions and we might forget that human interaction, parenting, social circles and the regular face to face activities in life are still necessary and help us build the families, relationships and communities we enjoy.