Is Your Child Ready for a Phone? A Parent Guide

One of the questions I get most from my clients is “When should I get my child a phone?”  If the question of when to introduce your child to the world of smartphones is weighing heavy on your mind you’re not alone. Read on to find out if your child is ready and what you can do to make the transition easier for both you and your child.

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Why Community is Key in Raising the iGeneration

We may live in a world with disparate ideas, but one idea we can all come together and form community around is helping our kids to thrive. No one wants to see a generation of children feeling overwhelmed, anxious, distracted, isolated and bullied. Schools, friends, neighbors, clubs, places of worship - wherever you can find community - start the conversation about raising kids in a digital world.

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That Time When 'Multitasking' Short Circuited My Brain (and how I fixed it)

Sometime last year in the midst of starting my own business; managing both my kids schedules; staying in touch with friends; maintaining an exercise regimen; trying to keep my marriage “exciting;” attempting to stay current on social media; current affairs and the hottest new music my brain began to slowly melt-down. Here's what I did to fix it.

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5 "Screen-free Zones" You Should Commit to Today

Carving out spaces that we reserve as “screen-free” zones is one of the most important things we can do to maintain peace of mind, focus and grounding. So where should we begin? Here are 5 spaces to consider designating as “screen-free” to give you and your family the much needed media break you deserve.

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My Son the Materialist: Raising a Grounded Child in an Insta-gratification World

I have a materialistic kid and it’s bugging me. To be clear, he’s not only materialistic. He’s smart, funny, playful, social, curious and all the other things a 7 year-old should be, but man does he like “stuff.” So the question is - is this a problem? I think it is and here’s why...

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Beyond "likes" - Exposing your kids to the BEAUTY of the Internet

It's easy to get hung up on fear based thinking around kids and the internet, but there are so many wonderful ways in which the online world can enhance our lives. Here are just a few of my favorite sites for exploring the internet with your kids and teaching them that there is a world beyond "likes."

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8 Simple Steps for Keeping Your Young YouTuber Safe

Every parent knows that in this day and age YouTube can provide quick, easy and free content for kids – but it can be a potentially dangerous rabbit hole. Let’s review eight simple steps you can take to make YouTube less of a minefield for your young viewer.

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Parents and their Screens: Why 'Do as I Say and Not as I Do' Just Isn't Going to Cut It

Your child may not have a smartphone yet, but you can bet that once they do they’ll be using your example as their baseline for how and when to use it.  It’s time to face the fact that “do as I say and not as I do” is not going to cut it when it comes to teaching our kids healthy screen use habits. So how can we as parents make sure that we are modeling the behavior that we’d like to see in our kids?

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