I’ve gotten a lot better about fear in my 40’s. I’m the one who decides when it’s time to quit. This writing challenge wants a thing I am afraid of failing at so I guess “fear of losing my kids in the tech age” will be my subject. It’s definitely one of the few fears I have.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Must Not Fail.” What is the one thing at which you are the most afraid of failing?
When I peek into the teen and preteen worlds of the Disney Channel, XBox, smart phones, and other pastimes currently enrapturing my 3 children, I have fear I won’t be up to speed on how to communicate with them through the storms of adolescence. Texting instead of phone calls and going places apparently is the norm of communication. I see this mostly in my high school senior son who seems to believe this is a perfectly rational way to get to know and trust someone. In this electronic generation, I understand how it can be easier. After all, I blog at least once daily and use social media on a regular basis. I do not text much, just to my wife each day to say some sweet nothing and ask what we’re going to do about dinner. Most importantly, I ask how I can help make it happen.
I don’t want to fail at being a good dad. By that I mean, someone who helps them navigate into adulthood as whole, happy, healthy human beings. Even though I am the tech guy at my work and as I said, I am very into my hobby of blogging, I don’t want my kids to get hurt by technology. I feel like I am writing my own book and parenting in the new age of technology. So far it feels like my wife and I are doing a good job. She tells me much of what they do is age appropriate. Still, I do fear that we may fail them and they will become scarred for life. Knowing a girl in person is quite different from hanging on the smart phone all day texting. I’m going to continue to encourage human interaction over texting until they are all grown up. I do know it’s silly to try and control too much. I think we are supposed to be a little scared, it’s normal.