Parenting in the Age of Technology
Educate, engage and empower children, adults and communities, by helping them become emotionally smart and digitally well.
Helping you stay present, emotionally connected and focused in the Digital Age.
I am a New York-based psychologist, parenting coach and speaker with over a decade of international experience helping both children and adults improve their emotional and mental well-being.
The practical workshops, inspiring talks and in-depth one-on-one sessions I conduct with my clients focus on raising emotional awareness, connecting with inner strengths and learning how to use technology in mindful and intentional ways as individuals, families and workplaces.
I first became interested in Parenting in the Age of Technology in 2016. While living in Singapore, where I practiced as a vision therapist and a psychotherapist, I began to suddenly notice children all around me glued to screens. Whether while sitting in the bus, at the dinner table in a restaurant or while being pushed around in a stroller, moments when children would typically be connected to their parents were suddenly becoming moments when they were connected to screen-based devices instead.
This got me wondering: What happens to the parent-child connection when you insert a device in between?
It is still too early in this tech-connected revolution to answer this question, but my mission has become to educate both children and parents about the importance of safety, connection, attention and affection - the pillars of not just healthy child development, but any healthy relationship too. My approach involves first helping you - the parent - quieten down the outside distractions of technology and manage your own thoughts and emotions, and by doing so, reconnect with your child. Parenting is the ultimate challenge, but parenting in the age of technology is a whole other endeavor.
As the infiltration of technology has spread to absolutely all areas of our life, so too has the need for me to reach ever wider and more diverse audiences, and so I not only speak at schools and with parents, but in workplaces and other corporate settings as well.
To learn more about my professional and academic background and find out how I can help you, please explore my website and get in touch.
BSc Psychology (UMUC)
MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology (Bangor University, U.K.)
Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy (The School of Positive Psychology, Singapore)
Strategic Intervention Certificate (Robbins Madanes Training, U.S.)
Emotional Intelligence training for teachers, therapists, parents and children
Positive psychology & mindfulness training for children
Building resilience in children: training for parents and teachers
Adolescence: the challenges and opportunities
Self-expression: improving authenticity, connectedness and communication
Building self-esteem & confidence
Talks & Interviews
"Device connected=Human Disconnected" The impact of technology on our brains and relationships
"The impact of tech on children and their future"
"Thinking positively and the science behind positive psychology"
NEWS & EVENTS
Made of Millions: Original Live Series on Mental Health
Teodora Talks Tech
Children's exposure to and consumption of 'digital calories' is one thing, but what do we find when we take a look at the adults in their lives? What does the tech-struggle look like for parents? In this episode, we will talk about one of the most sensitive subjects within the parenting world today: technology use inside the home. We will explore this topic from two perspectives: on the one hand, we will look at parental behavior around technology and explore guidelines for best practices, and on the other we will address some of the biggest fears and concerns parents have about their children's use of technology at home, in school and at their friends' houses.
Airing Monday, April 6th 10:00am EST
Episode 5: Technology Inside the Office and the Classroom, April 13th
I work one-on-one with children, parents and non-parent adults. I help my clients with issues of digital wellness, parenting in the age of technology and improving emotional health and wellbeing.
RECOMMENDED READING & FREE RESOURCES
Children & Parenting:
"The Optimistic Child," by Martin E. P. Seligman
"Brainstorm," by Daniel J. Siegel
"The Whole-Brain Child," by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
"No-Drama Discipline," by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
"Parenting from the Inside Out," by Daniel J. Siegel & Mary Hartzell
"Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child," by John Gottman with Joan Declaire
"The Empathy Effect," Helen Riess with Liz Neporent
"The Brain That Changes Itself," by Norman Doidge
"Wired to Connect," by Amy Banks with Leigh Hirschman
"The Myths of Happiness," by Sonja Lyubomirsky
"The How of Happiness," by Sonja Lyubomirsky
"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience," by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
"The Art of Gathering," by Priya Parker
"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," by Carol S. Dweck
"Hector and the Search for Happiness," Francois Lelord
"The Person You Mean to Be," by Dolly Chugh
"Why Him? Why Her?," by Helen Fisher
"Quiet," by Susan Cain
"Man's Search for Meaning," by Viktor E. Frankl
"The Schopenhauer Cure," by Irvin D. Yalom
"When Nietzsche Wept," by Irvin D. Yalom