Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with TeenLimit and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Life changes so fast, in fact, it moves at the speed of lightening. I feel like I just had my teens and yet they are so far from being babies. What I do remember each day is that as fast as life has moved along, so has technology.
A few years back, texting was just becoming the revolution, but now it is an entire movement of digital that actually makes me hold on to my ‘Mama Bear’ instincts even more. Handing a child a smartphone is just the beginning of a new life adventure you will take together, but limits still to be set. In fact, our most formidable and fragile moments often are experienced during teenhood and that is when parenting needs to be at it strongest.
In fact, our most formidable and fragile moments often are experienced during teenhood and that is when parenting needs to be at it strongest yet so very transparent. Parents of teens need to define what is worth arguing about or what we can actually just manage from afar while letting the teens develop and learn their digital boundaries. Lavishly live keeping in touch out loud and learn how to help keep your teen manage their digital safety.
Teens, Excitement and Parenting Teens
Certainly, you won’t find me claiming the Parent of the year award when it comes to parenting teens. The task of teenage parenting needs to come with a rule book that changes as quick as their moods, and often it would be nice to have some quick witty words to sling back…. oh wait, that’s just what every teen is after, a bit of confrontation, edginess and the ‘I got you’ feeling. That is one thing that is not happening in my home.
Teenage years are those fine years when parents need to be present in their teen’s lives to support them and help them make all the right decisions, yet unlike those helicopter years, we need to be very ‘transparent’ about how much we are part of their lives. Most teens want their peers to believe that they make their own decisions so they look like mini adults (eye roll). One of the best teen parenting secrets I can offer you is an app that will change the way you parent your child and their new addiction, as it lets you be very much a part of their lives, and still in a good bit of control, while allowing you to NOT have to say “NO” because something else does that for you!
One of the best teen parenting secrets I can offer you is an app that will change the way you parent your child and their new addiction, as it lets you be very much a part of their lives, and still have that transparent control, however you will NOT have to say “NO” because something else does that for you!
It happened you got your teen a new Android phone and they are jumping up and down thanking you and they promise they won’t get into trouble with the phone. The issue is, teens do not know what issues lay ahead, what the digital world can be like or what wrong doors the internet and apps might present.
In actuality, we handed out 3 smartphones over the last 3 years and it scares the socks off of me. Teens love their phones, it is their new addiction, their outer expression of themselves and a way to stay in contact but really have freedom! Are you ready for all of this? Does your teen adhere well to boundaries? Chances are you need to help your teen manage their digital time without hovering.
Life Moves Fast & Technology Moves Faster
As head Mama Bear or Papa Bear you know that arguing with a teen can go awry fast, so rather than arguing about how much time they can spend using their phone, or the apps, you take charge with a fabulous app available on the Apple Store or on Google Play. You are getting ready to define parameters for your teen’s usage on their new addiction, their Android smartphone. Been there, done this and I am all too familiar with the threats and seductive lure the internet and apps can play in a child’s life.
The app TeenLimit is one we have tried out in our home, and it comes at a very small fee per month, under $4. The TeenLimit app allows our teens to use their phones under defined parameters, which is teaching responsibility and boundaries. Are you suddenly seduced by the sound of this app? TeenLimit will help you manage the time your kids can use their phones and limit what sites they can visit is the fabulous, Teen Limits app, available on Google Play.
How To Help Your Teen Manage Their Digital Time
Let’s get down and dirty with what this app can do for your life and your teen’s life. The app is no going to stop the battle of what the teen wants to do and what sites they want to visit, but the app WILL allow you to define what sites they can visit and how much screen time they are able to indulge in.
You have given a smartphone to your child so that you can communicate, but handing over a smartphone allows them to communicate with a lot more people than they might ever imagine because suddenly the world is in the palm of their hand. You must quickly define what WORLD they are going to be able to visit and how frequently.
The haunting hours of screen time and overuse al begins the moment the teens hit the buses and head home, from afterschool until bedtime. Stop resetting your WiFi Password and then forgetting what you changed it to, all in an advanced effort to stop your teens from screen time on their phones and tablets. Get yourself the best parent’s helper to exist to date1
Download the Free Version of the TeenLimit app on your child’s Android phone and download the Premium Version App on your smartphone (available at the Apple Store or Google Play).
With the Premium Version of the app, which is only $3.29 a month you will have the following ways to define what apps, sites and time is available for use on your teen’s phone.
Time Management – Which days of the week the phone is available, and the hours ( don’t forget to block usage during dinner time, rather than arguing about putting the phone away at the dinner table, just time it out )
Remote Control – your phone is your remote control over your child’s phone and YOU are in control of the usage, etc.
Real Time Geo-Location – your teen plays sports or accepts a ride to a friends house or even is just going out, the app will give you a real-time readout on the location of your son or daughter. You are keeping tabs, but keeping distance.
Why Would You Want To Use the TeenLimit App?
At first glance, you might say, “hey helicopter mom stop hovering” but once you realize the value of the app, the hovering is actually a landing strip, a calming piece of mind. Each of us has different ideas on what our teens can see, not see, what apps are to be used and not used, and the TeenLimit app helps us define those ‘gray’ areas for our kids. Let’s face facts, teens push their boundaries each day, even if it gets them into trouble, that is what teenager -hood is all about right?
In fact, teens are more connected to their smartphones today than ever before. The devices are actually a huge part of who are teens are and truly a part of their daily life. Just remember with constant connection comes threats, possible bullying, inappropriate content and concerns for each and every teen who has a smartphone.
Your chance to let go starts with getting an app and then being transparent about boundaries. Their friends won’t know why they can’t access something nor will their homework and study time suffer. There will be no more, ” put your devices down” conversations at the kitchen table because the devices will be shut down for dinner time! Life is about to change for the best, and you are in charge. Take parenting on app first (ha!) and give your teen limits with a sensational app!
Life is about to change for the best, and you are in charge. Take parenting on app first (ha!) and give your teen limits with a sensational app! Lavishly live technology out loud and in control.