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Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth.

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10 Tips for Summertime Tech Balance -- Starting Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:03 AM

By now you've probably planned your vacation, enjoyed the shore or the pool, hosted a few backyard BBQs and settled the kids into summer camp. No doubt, summer is in full swing! Which is why right now is the perfect time to pause before the season slips by. Want to...

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The Summer of Risk

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 8:30 PM

Years ago, a wise and trusted friend -- a veteran mother - told me that the summer before sophomore year of high school was the summer. The summer for crossing over, the summer of risk, the summer when all of those things you were scared straight about in junior high...

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The 15 Most Popular Tech Truths From My Conversations With Middle School Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Have you ever wondered what middle schoolers have to say about technology? Have you wanted access to their thoughts and feelings and beliefs around the device culture? Do you want to talk to your middle schooler about technology, but aren't sure where to begin? Well, I've been taking notes just...

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To My Mom: A Six-Part Sample of Your Eulogy Gold, For You, on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 10:29 AM

Eulogy Gold: A term used in our family to describe a classic, often ridiculous, behavior of a loved one. And while it might be maddening or hysterical in everyday life, it is the thing we imagine we will celebrate and speak of at the end of that person's life, but...

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Slow Tech Living Meets Screen Free Week May 4th-10th 2015! Tips For the Eager and the Wary

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:04 AM

Do you look forward to Screen Free Week every spring? Or do you dread the struggle? Do you categorize it as one more thing to do or have you been brainstorming creative outings and activities all winter for that fabulous family week? If you're like me, you're probably somewhere in...

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5 Tiny Stories From SxSW

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:54 PM

I had a glass of chardonnay. You drank dark beers. The sun was incredible on the restaurant patio. You radiated youth and tech world, start up company bliss. We talked about family. You told me that you fell in love with your baby sister when she was born. And you...

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I Come Here For Answers Too

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 3:35 PM

During holiday break, my husband and I took our three daughters on a wintery Cape Cod trail hike. They were resisting us. They were cold. Tired. Just wanted to go back home after our visit to the coffee shop. We always do this to them. We always make them walk....

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Our 'Slow Tech' Family iRules

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:47 PM

For years, we have been a 'Slow Tech' family. We have worked hard to live in balance with technology, using it mindfully and deliberately. But as our family grows and changes along with the technology, this approach is becoming more of a challenge. We are working at it. It's not...

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How Celebrities' Stolen Pictures Can Help You Talk to Your Teens About Sexting

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:48 PM

1. The recent celebrity picture robbery involved adults. Adults can choose to have naked pictures or not -- "should or shouldn't" can be part of your lively family discussion, but robbery is not a natural consequence of having naked pictures.

2. The celebrities were invaded and violated. Privacy is...

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Slow Tech Living Brings Tech Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:32 PM

During the past few years I have been talking, encouraging, and preaching The Slow Tech Movement. On the road at speaking engagements, in private consults and in my newly published book, iRules: What Every Tech Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming & Growing Up, Slow Tech livin'...

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18 Things I Want My Son To Know Before He Starts High School

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:30 PM

It's not that I don't think you're ready. You're active and smart and social. You work and set goals to meet them. You make consistently good choices. You have a compass suited for self-direction. You've grown taller than me. You've even grown away from me -- pushing back, questioning --...

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The Beauty of Device-Free Days

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Often when celebrating holidays or birthdays in my honor, I outline my special requests on our large family white board: hot coffee, breakfast, handmade notes and drawings singing my praise. I also list my wishes for that particular day's adventure. Last fall, on my birthday, it was a rainy mountain...

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Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned From My Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:30 PM

1. Education matters. If it takes four years or 20. It is an investment in opportunity, self-confidence and a sacred value. Don't take it for granted. Not ever.

2. Believe in equality. If the 8-year-old girls' athletic uniforms and fields aren't as good as the 8-year-old boys' uniforms and...

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The Slow Tech Movement

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:09 AM

The hustle of family life -- work, school, appointments, practice, homework, dinner, bed -- is constant. We move in and out of activities and commitments with ferocity. Some days, I'm certain all I really say to my children, in one way or another, is "move." As in, let's go --...

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Device-Free in Disney: A Survival Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Recently, I was facilitating a parent workshop on building tech-healthy families. It was a roundtable discussion and we were really able to dig into specific examples, challenges and strategies around technology and parenting. Later that night, I started thinking about their stories, their families. Some were parenting the very young,...

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The Christmas I'll Carry

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:53 PM

For some time, I've wanted to write about the holidays and celebrations and Christmas and family. I've wanted to talk about all the magic buried in the chaos and hold it up -- to share with you and to remind myself. But the season is so, that when it's over,...

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What I Know One Year After Giving My Teenager an iPhone Contract

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:41 AM

In 2012, I sat down and wrote a list of rules for my teenage son, Gregory, to follow after receiving an iPhone for Christmas. He read it, laughed at how on point it was and agreed to it. The viral, global response and professional opportunities spawned from that...

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Dear Holiday Parent

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 7:25 AM

Dear Holiday Parent,

As a writer and speaker on parenting and the "tech and respect" movement, this is the core question I hear over and over again: "Is my child ready?" It comes in different forms about all sorts of technology -- portable electronics, e-readers, video games, smartphones and...

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A Puppy For My Girl

(6) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 9:49 AM

To Ella,

I am about to make all of your dreams come true. See, this week, while you're at school -- working and playing and weaving your way into a new year as a fourth grader, Daddy and I will kiss you good bye, travel over that great big...

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How I Learned to Stay Still

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 10:31 AM

I rally my son one spring Saturday morning to get moving. I have to finish some work at my office and I need him to play with our girls while I do. I could leave them all home, in a heap on the couch, plugged in to their games, buried...

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