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Is This the Reason You Can't Get Your Child to Sleep?

Dennis Rosen M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Dennis Rosen M.D.

Nearly half of American children have television sets in their bedrooms, raising the question: How did they get there in the first place?

8 Resolutions for Managing Kids' Media in 2013

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Like most people, my New Year's resolutions include eating better and exercising more. But there's something else I want to get better at: managing my kid's media and technology.

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be... Multitaskers

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Like many digital natives, your children are probably on their way to becoming lifelong multitaskers (or so you think). There's only one problem with this scenario: there is no such thing as multitasking -- at least not in the way you may think of it.

The 4 Words Parents Should Remember This Year

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

When we were children, the biggest gift our parents could give us was their attention. Nowadays, with everyone on their phone/iPod/iPad, there is less of an opportunity for kids to interact with us. In 2013, we can resolve to spend more time with our kids and we can even initiate it!

Parents Taking Control

Michael M. Osit, Ed.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Michael M. Osit, Ed.D.

Kids have an inordinate amount of power and control in their families. Many parents seem unwilling to be the authority, take control and be firm with their kids. It's as if parents are afraid of "damaging" their kids or their relationship with them if they say, "no."

8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

An outright ban on digital devices won't win your kids' respect -- or compliance. But with a little planning and intentional involvement, you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how.

Managing Kids and Gadgets: 12 Screen Time Rules

Manoush Zomorodi | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Manoush Zomorodi

The most important thing you can do for your child is give him or her free, unstructured and unplugged playtime and let him figure out what to do... with his imagination.

Talking To Your Family About Screen Time

Posted 11.30.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Not so long ago, we lived in a world of very few screens. Yes, home...

4 Ways To Limit Kids' Screen Time

Kristen Howerton | Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

Figuring out how to appropriately negotiate screen time has been an issue in my house ever since the kids have been old enough to operate the computer.

Study Tests Practical Approach To Reducing Kids' Screen Time

Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Mon Nov 5, 2012 12:37am EST (Reuters Health) - A program aimed at reducing the number of hours young children s...

7 Tips for Balancing Kids' Use of Screens

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Many parents feel that screens have taken over their family's lives. While few could argue about the benefits digital devices offer, as parents, it's important that we establish guidelines for their use so they remain tools, rather than an endless distraction from real life.

Easy Tips for Setting Screen Rules That Stick

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Model the media behavior that you want your kids to emulate.

Hold the Family Talk: I'll Have Another... Screen

Maggie Jackson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Technology
Maggie Jackson

At a time when we are saturating ourselves with media, the notion of inserting yet another screen into yet another moment of life is disturbing on many levels.

The One Thing Politicians Can Agree on

Michael Zacka | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Michael Zacka

The magic that happens over shared meals can help preserve the American family, strengthen all of its members and enrich their lives. I'm sure America's Republicans and Democrats both agree that more families should be sitting together at dinner.

Do I Need To Unplug?

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.24.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, My baby is 15 months old, and because my husband works long hours, I'm alone with her from morning till night. My mother and mother-in-...

Going 'Screen Free' vs. Getting 'Screen Smart'

David Kleeman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
David Kleeman

Today, the concept of "screen time" is complex, and navigating a multiplying array of devices and the accompanying flood of content demands media literacy.

Vote Now for Worst Toy of the Year

Josh Golin | Posted 01.16.2012 | Parents
Josh Golin

Want to scare the pants off your six-year-old? Mattel's Monster High Ghoul Spirit Fearleading Doll 3-Pack will do the trick. And they're guaranteed to frighten the heck of you, too.

Spongebob Squarepants vs. Caillou: Both of These Things Are Not LIke the Other

David Kleeman | Posted 11.15.2011 | Media
David Kleeman

It's impossible to conduct a thoughtful debate, or to build family media literacy, if we allow the conversation to be hijacked by pseudo-science that lends itself to flashy headlines.

RIP Television Lovers

Robyn Okrant | Posted 10.24.2011 | Comedy
Robyn Okrant

No matter what kind of television you have -- whether you stream it on your iPad, or your Wii, whether you DVR it, or watch it live -- it's not a question of if your TV will annihilate you -- the question is when.

"A Screen Is a Screen Is a Screen" Is a Meme

David Kleeman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

Growing attention to media literacy training encourages young people to read screens as deeply as they read text. The truth seems self-evident; all screens are not created equal.

Why TV Is Good For Your Happiness

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

If you watch TV mindfully and purposefully, it can be a source of happiness. If you watch it passively, automatically, and for want of anything better to do, it can be a drain on happiness.

Detox Your Kids from Screen Addiction

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

If you are brave enough, I recommend taking on a "no-screen week" as a powerful tool to help children reset their biological batteries.