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    CONNECTED: How To Show Up For Your Kids in the Digital Age

  • CONNECTED: How To Show Up For Your Kids in the Digital Age

COVID-19 means that, whether we like it or not, we are all spending more time with screens. Your ability to stay connected to your child and give them the skills they need to navigate digital opportunities and challenges is more critical now than ever before.

Introducing the online class

Here is what you can expect:

This course is designed as a self-paced class with live support from Erin Walsh. This means that starting on September 30th, you will get access to a new “Spark” every week for three weeks. Watch short videos and work through downloads on your own time while getting your questions answered in live sessions and in our private Facebook group. Then access for a lifetime so you can revisit the content when you and your kids need it most.

SPARK 1: Connect and Communicate

We get started by explaining why you are already your teenager’s digital mentor, whether you realize it or not.


  • What does an effective Digital Mentor do? Defining and clarifying the role.
  • Reflective exercises to help you understand the digital parenting style you have now and how to become the Digital Mentor your child needs.
  • Exercises to help you catch your kid’s digital strengths.
  • Suggestions for how to handle online challenges.

SPARK 2: Rest and Rejuvenate

It’s hard work to change our relationships with screens. One way to stay motivated through the inevitable push-back is learning the brain science behind when and where kids benefit from digital breaks.

Highlights include: 

  • Why your child needs sleep.
  • The significance of boredom.
  • How moving your body positively impacts your brain.
  • The relationship between spacing out, imagination, and goal setting.
  • Pep talks that acknowledge how and why habit change is hard and tips to keep going.

SPARK 3: Focus and Fire Up

One of the most precious mental resources we have is our attention. Learn more about how to help your child focus attention in a world full of distractions.

Highlights include:

  • Why your child needs you to teach them the art of singletasking.
  • Reactive vs. focused attention.
  • The science behind why it’s so hard to unplug.
  • The attention economy and practicing mindful media habits.

“Media and technology are not inherently good or bad, they are powerful. The good or bad depend upon how we use them.”