Parent Resources

10

Mar

Episode 6: Three Tech Tools Every Family Should Have

As parents we are called to: Raise our children up in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:1 - children obey your parents, which implies the parents are tea ching them things) Hold a standard for what we find joy in: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right , whatever is pure, whateve...

05

Mar

We Are Bored With Ourselves

“We are bored with ourselves, and often the most desperate, wasted hours are those we are forced to spend by ourselves”  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Works, 10:503, 1928-1931) Dietrich Bonhoeffer was speaking in the early 1930s when he spoke these words. They ring eerily true for us today, don’t they? In Mr...

03

Mar

Episode 5: Tech Testimony with Justin Pavey

Last week we answered one of the most commonly asked questions we receive from families: Which games should my child play? This week I'm doing an interview with my good friend Justin Pavey in an episode we're calling a Tech Testimony. Justin and I aren't tech experts, we're two 30 something dads who have a shared passi...

02

Mar

The Reality of a Tech World

"Increasingly, games aren't allegories that say something about our lives; they are our lives." -Andrew Thompson, Engineers of Addiction I recently had the opportunity to give a number of tech workshops at a convention in the NorthWest. I was blessed to have people share with me their questions, concerns, and h...

25

Feb

Episode 4: Which Video Games Should My Child Play?

In this episode we're digging into one of the most questions I get asked most frequently: Should my child play this game?  As parents we want to provide amazing experiences for our children and we don't want to feel like a big mean ogre withholding awesome things just because we don't understand "kids these days". But...

18

Feb

Episode 1: Tech Boundaries

It's officially here! Welcome to the Gospel Tech Podcast! This is our first official episode and the only one Anna and I have actually been able to record together so far. =)  We will walk through some of the research and personal challenges of setting tech boundaries, and talk through what is actually applicable for ...

18

Feb

Episode 2: How Do I Know When Tech Is Healthy?

I hear this question a lot: How much is too much? How do I know if my child's tech use (or my own tech use, or my spouses tech use) is healthy? In this episode we'll look at a couple tools to help us assess our tech. The goal is to be more effective at fighting for our families, not just with them, when it comes to tec...

17

Feb

Episode 3: Awesome Alternative Activities

Since last episode addressed the fact that sometimes our tech isn't always healthy, this episode works through some alternative adventures and opportunities that don't involve Drool Tech. The goal isn't simply to avoid digital tech, but to remove the tech that is a distraction from our full potential (see Episode 2 for...

10

Feb

Three Traits of Drool Tech

There are really two types of tech: Tool Tech: Helps us create Drool Tech: Helps us consume We've previous about the difference between Creating vs. Consuming with tech. Today we're going to look at three signs of Drool Tech: Rapid Rate of Stimulation Built In RewardsPassive Participation Let's look at ...

04

Feb

Tech Challenge: Turn Your Phone To Grayscale

We’ve got a pretty serious tech infatuation in America. The average iPhone user unlocks their phone more than 80 times a day, checks it every 12 minutes, and 50% of Americans say they couldn’t live without it (Wired, 2018). I do need my phone, don’t I? I use my phone for work, directions, contact with my family ...