Kids outdoors on mobile devices. They need a Summer Technology Contract.
    June 18, 2018
    Summer Technology Contract: Every Family Needs One!

    Now that the classes, assignments, and tests that comprise an academic year have come to a close, kids are ready to embrace the summer break and all that it entails with open arms. But are you ready? …

    Young boy holding a tablet and smiling. Screentime for kids.
    June 24, 2015
    Why I say YES to Screentime for Kids

      I used to love looking over and finding one of my three kids with their nose in a book. It feels like the ultimate parenting win: look at my kid calmly learning something over there, all by him…

    Hamster running in a wheel.
    May 1, 2015
    Overplugged: Tech Balance Is About Living Life Deeply

    We tend to think of tech balance as a minor issue in the grand scheme of things. What we may be overlooking is that tech balance has a tremendous impact on how we view the world, relate with others, a…

    Glass cookie jars, filled with cookies.
    April 24, 2015
    Overplugged: Relying On Willpower for Tech Balance May Be a Mistake

    Achieving tech balance is far easier in theory than in reality. A major stumbling block in our pursuit to have a tech balanced family is our unshakeable belief in willpower, and the notion that the so…

    Young man on public transportation holding on to a rail with one hand and texting with the other.
    April 10, 2015
    Overplugged: By Killing Boredom You Could Be Killing Creativity

    Boredom gets a bad name these days. For a child to say, “I’m bored” is often seen as a symptom of poor planning, as opposed to being viewed as natural occurrence. Instead of embracing boredom as…

    Graphic of a brain with symbols for activities such as home, share, computer, shopping, etc.
    April 8, 2015
    Overplugged: Can a Mental Food Plate Give Us Better Perspective?

    The food plate offers us a simple yet powerful visual to conceive of our daily consumption. Instead of viewing every dietary action by itself, we are thinking of each food item as part of a whole. The…

    Now famous photo of guy texting while a whale swims by. Photo by Eric J Smith.
    April 6, 2015
    Is Your Family Overplugged? Time for Tech Balance

    [caption id="attachment_51513" align="alignnone" width="508"] You've probably seen this photo of a man sitting on a sailboat while a whale swims dangerously close.[/caption] The man, oblivious to the…

    Mom and son playing outdoors
    January 29, 2015
    Sheltering Childhood Nurtures Your Child

    So far this week I've focused on how you can support your child's healthiest brain development. I thought I might spend today's post discussing the brain-draining effects of Time-Out, but I'm reconsid…

    young girl with fairy wings flying aginst blue sky with cirrus clouds
    January 28, 2015
    How Boredom Builds Brains … and Screens Can Drain Brains!

    A rhythm of consistency and predictability in everyday life supports a young child's healthiest brain development. For one thing, it fosters their most robust capacity for self-regulation -- a fundame…