Screen Time = Quality Time? The Difficulties In Being An “Online Dad”

There’s no doubt about it, the modern age of parenting is a far cry from what we saw 20 years ago. The internet was just about in it infancy, and families consisted of 2.4 children and were deemed a typical unit. Flash forward to now, more people are getting divorced, and the pressures of work and life in general force every single one of us to think a lot harder about how we live our lives. Especially, when you look at something like divorce, it means that the children have to live, in essence, with two different families. So we have to play online dad, but is this doable?

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Maintaining relationships

Yes, now we’ve got Skype, FaceTime, and every aspect of social media for fathers to keep in touch with their kids. But is this everything we need now? Of course, it’s much better to have a relationship in person, but now, it seems that it’s more commonplace for fathers and their children to have more long-distance relationships. The trick to maintaining a proper relationship, albeit online, is consistency. Much like having a regular phone conversation, at least with Skype or FaceTime, you can see the other person. And now, this is a fantastic tool to build relationships between fathers and their children.

The older dad

For those who are becoming parents later in life, there can be a sense of complication, especially in terms of technology. But nowadays, tech is far easier to use, from smartphones, tablets, and whatever your choice of computer, it helps to ease us in. There are tips for Mac users that are easy to access and can make communication a far simpler process now. While these older parents are few and far between, there’s no denying that technology has made parenting and communication a little bit easier, and makes the heart ache a little bit less.

Showing willing

But of course, in being an online dad, it’s not just about communicating on a regular basis, it’s about wanting to be there for them. Technology in all its forms is fantastic to help build these bridges, but it’s the role of us, as parents, where we have to fine-tune our abilities. This means if you don’t have the opportunity to see your children in the flesh, making sure you stick to a rigid timetable where you Skype consistently, and organize regular quality time, in person, this is going to help you build on your relationship.

In essence, being an online dad entirely is not doable, but now, so many of us have to make the most of this, because we don’t have the option to spend more time with our children. As a result, making sure that you are regular as far as your contact is concerned, but also being present however you can, and focused on your children’s needs, is going to improve the relationships you have. Technology isn’t the solution to your woes, but it is something that is an absolute lifesaver if you haven’t been around as much as you’d like to be. It’s much harder now because there’s a higher rate of divorce, parents have to work away more, and as a result, children who end up being put into daycare all the time, or feel like they have to stand on their own two feet much earlier in life, can cause some strains as far as the father-child relationship is concerned. So, it’s vital for you to make the most of these communication tools.

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Julian Caldwell

Julian Caldwell

Julian Ivey-Caldwell founded GetConnectDAD with one simple goal: Connect more families to their kids. Julian works a day job and spends his evenings (after the family retires) continuing to grow this platform. Because he travels a great deal for his “day job,” he is intensely focused on trying to find better ways for fathers and mothers who work long hours, different hours, or unusual hours find better ways to be engaged.

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