Boy with headphones playing on a tablet. Raising humans in a digital world is tough!
    October 15, 2018
    The Secret to Raising Humans in a Digital World? A Strong Foundation

    This is Part 1 in a series of posts about helping children build a safe and healthy relationship with technology. What kind of kids do you want to raise? If you were to ask parents around the world th…

    Male hand touching virtual screen with medical icons to illustration Googling the Internet within.
    January 6, 2016
    Googling The Internet Within

    About 82% of the people who answered a recent Scanadu poll question say they search online first about their symptoms, before turning to their doctors. Even some doctors who responded said they search…

    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…

    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…

    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…