Facing parenting challenges of generations

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I think every generation has its challenges, no question about it. I think our generation has the technology influx. You’ve got kids on iPhones and iPads. You’ve got Instagram and Twitter. There’s just so much coming at the kids. And to get them to focus, to do their homework, and to have communications, to write letters. My dad used to write me a letter almost every day when I was in high school and slip it under the door. Every day sometimes two when I was in college right up until Alzheimer’s robbed him of the ability to write. And it just made a big difference for me to get those notes. To see that my father took the time to write and to really put his thoughts on paper. I think I struggle to do that. I write to our kids occasionally, not as much as he did, because he had an amazing amount of energy. But I think the influx of technology and the fact that kids are on their computers, phones, watching television, movies, I think it just makes them distracted. And I think getting them to focus on their homework, their personal relationships, how to carry on a conversation, to look a person in the eye, makes a huge difference. And I think that’s a really big challenge for all of us parents.

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Mark K. Shriver

Sr. VP, Save the Children

Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

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