Many of you read that last week, for my birthday, I wished for a publisher (and reader testimonials—thank you!). I actually did get some inquiries and helpful advice and connections from my readers. I am very grateful.
Everyone who offered to help and has inquired about my ideas for my next book. I have had something brewing for the past few months and decided, that I wanted to share the idea with you, because:
1) I want my readers to feel involved in my process, where they can give me input and ask for what they need.
2) I believe in complete transparency and want my readers to trust that I am disclosing everything fully.
3) You guys are smart! I am of the belief that if you need help you should ask and it is more important to gather people around you who are smarter than yourself. That is where you come in.
I take your opinions and advice very seriously and plan on asking for input over the next few months as I work on my book. So what is it, you might be asking? The title of this post gave it away. I feel my expertise crosses somewhere between the Internet and technology and parenting. So why not write a book about both of my passions?
Modeled after Thomas L. Friedman’s fantastic, The World is Flat, I have begun researching how parenting itself has flattened.
Case Studies on Parenting is Flat
This is the most exciting part. I have already lived and done research in Los Angeles, United States, Sydney, Australia and Shanghai, China on youth and parenting. I will be in Israel this summer doing research on families there. I plan to continue to do research in at least 3 other regions around the world to provide case studies in Part V of Parenting is Flat.
I will also be interviewing families about their daily lifestyle from around the world. I am having trouble deciding between my next destination for research and thought I would ask you, my readers, which city you would prefer to read about in a case study on parenting.
The four question survey is here. The questions are:
1. I would be interested in seeing Radical Parenting do a case study on Parenting in the following cities:
• Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Santiago, Chile
2. We will be choosing a few rural cities in different countries. Which rural area to do a case study would you be most interested in? (Example: Midwestern United States, Gold Coast of Australia, etc)
3. What other areas do you think would be interesting for us to do research on?
• Middle East
4. Anything else you would like to know about parenting in different countries and how globalization has affected parenting?
Would love your thoughts, after all it is for you!
Working Table of Contents for Parenting is Flat
I. How Parenting Became Flat
How globalization, digitalization and urbanization has caused the parenting world to flatten and what this means. I will go over the positive and negative consequences of the flattening of parenting and overall trends in areas of the world.
- Social Networks
- Computers, Phones and Screens oh my
II. School is Flat
Virtual studying, TeacherTube, English tutors in India and global summer programs have changed education and the way parents parent their children through school.
- Flattening Teachers
- Flattening Schools
- Technology in Schools
- No Longer a Hegemonic Point of View
III. Hobbies are Flat
Part III is a growing part of my research. This is how digital kids and families are having fun in a flat world. How vacationing, arguments and options for jobs and internships are now different in a flat world.
- Global travel and Study Abroad
- International Gaming, Chatting and Hobbies
- View into Another Teen’s World: YouTube, Facebook and MySpace
- Global Music, Clothes and Trends
V. Case Studies
I have already spent 5 months doing research in China and 4 months in Australia examining youth, parents and their families to go into this books as case studies. I plan on finishing my research and case study round table by living in Buenos Aires/Santiago and Singapore by the end of 2010. We will also be adding a few rural areas and picking a city in Europe and the Middle East, give your opinion here: Click Here to take the survey
- Shanghai, China
- Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile
- Tel Aviv, Israel
- Sydney, Australia
- Los Angeles, United States of America
VI. Bringing Flat to You
What about the families in rural America or Portugal? Have they felt the flattening yet? I argue that many in rural areas have felt it more than in cosmopolitan regions. In this chapter I will talk about how local communities can reap the benefits of flat parenting by creating community parenting co-ops. I will also talk about small changes families can make to better incorporate their children into a flat world.
- Making Parenting Flatter: Flat Hobbies and Education on a Daily Basis
VII. Conclusion: The Future of Flat Parenting
How will flat parenting change children and our world’s future adults? What will happen if some parents adopt a flat parenting lifestyle and others fight it? I will also be examining what types of young workers flat parenting will produce.
Please do consider taking our survey, and feel free to leave me any comments below!