Keeping In Touch with Your Child When You’re Not Home

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Skype? FaceTime? Find a Phone? How much contact with your child when they're not at home is too much?
Air Date: 6/11/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Keeping In Touch with Your Child When You’re Not Home
You don't want to be labeled as a helicopter parent. But when you're kids aren't at home, how much contact is just enough, and how much is too much?

Is it too invasive for you to know where your children are at all times?

You don't want to over-do it, and have the end result be that your child resents your ability to contact them at anytime; especially when they're out with their friends.

But, are you well within your rights to call them, check up on them and find out where they are and when they'll be home?

What about GPS on their phones? Is this too intrusive?

There are so many ways to use technology to communicate with your kids and even have some fun at the same time. Apps like Find a Phone, FaceTime, Skype and others can close that gap and ease your mind when your kids are not with you.

Dr. Cori Cross helps you figure out how much is enough when it comes to keeping in touch with your kids when they're not at home.
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