Children need plenty of time to play. That means parents need to schedule them less. Play is the natural way that children learn critical thinking, resilience, and social skills. Play also enhances creativity, problem solving and cooperation. What type of play should they have? The play can be with other children or with you the…... READ MORE
Cellphone Addiction, Teen Anxiety and What you can do about it
If you are like most parents you are worried about your teen being on their phone too much. There is reason to worry, especially since we know there is a rise in teen anxiety and suicide. And many blame cell phone addiction as the cause for this increase in teenage emotional problems. (Many adults are addicted too,…... READ MORE
Screentime and babies don’t mix well: The reasons why.
Screens are all around us. We depend on them. We enjoy them. Therefore the set of limits and guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics can be hard for parents to follow. Those recommendations are “For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months…... READ MORE
More sunscreen. Less screen-time.
There is much talk in the news how screen time before bed interferes with sleep. Adults are having sleep problems and so are kids. Parents are encouraged to keep the bedroom sacrosanct- meaning no electronics in the bedroom. That is a good idea. But it does not go far enough, because even during the day kids…... READ MORE