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Distracted Parenting

What Does It Mean to Be a Father in the Digital Age?

Richard Freed | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Richard Freed

I believe it's time to reconsider what it means to be a father in America. Sure, we could look for guidance to the pre-smartphone era. But many 80s and 90s fathers spent far too much time in front of the TV at the expense of their children. Instead, a model that embodies what children need is the nineteenth-century American frontier father.

The Heartbreak of Digitally-Preoccupied Parenting

Richard Freed | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Richard Freed

I observe many children who are snubbed by digitally-preoccupied parents: a girl who can't get her dad's attention because he's watching a game on his phone, a solemn boy whose mom is so taken with posts and pictures on her phone that she doesn't say a word to him for the entire meal.

Why I'm Rethinking Multitasking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Because my attention is in a million places, the to-do list is monumental. And the fact that technology gives us all sorts of cool way to be more efficient makes it seem like we should keep doing more. But there are downsides to doing more.

Turn Off Your Distractions And Turn On Their Future

Lisa Rafel, Gary Malkin and David Surrenda, Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Rafel, Gary Malkin and David Surrenda, Ph.D.

Turning off the distractions to sing, play music and feel gratitude for this miracle of life creates a bond between you and your baby that will last for the rest of your lives.

Unplug And Recharge: The Key To Combating Distracted Parenting?

Ben H. Winters | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ben H. Winters

What's the long-term result of a parent "stepping out" over and over and over -- a few seconds here, a couple minutes there -- to check in with their little handheld totem?