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Device Addiction – We are Facing a Digital Tsunami

Come on, admit it: There are times when you’re too busy, too tired or too distracted to fully engage with your kids, so you take the easy way out and leave them be with their computers, tablets or cellphones. Literally and figuratively, you leave them to their own devices. Guilty as charged!
So it should come as no surprise that children are getting hooked on their screens earlier than ever. A recent survey found that infants just six months old were already logging half an hour day on mobile devices — and not just watching cartoons. A third of them were already swiping and tapping screens. By age two, 38% of kids under two have used a mobile device according to Common Sense Media. Many of them are already multitasking with tablets and smartphones, sometimes while watching TV. By the time kids are teenagers, the digital habit is totally ingrained, with one in four teens admitting that they use their cellphones all the time, according to the Pew Research Center.

What’s a parent to do in the face of this digital tsunami? They try, and often fail, to legislate screen time. Or they give up altogether. Despite voicing concern about screen overload, two thirds of parents said they had no rules limiting their children’s screen time, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study. And a recent Harris Poll found a similar disconnect in parental attitudes: While 58% say that monitoring kids screen time is important, 59% say they don’t feel guilty about using mobile devices as a babysitter. Fathers are more laissez-faire than moms, as are parents over 45 compared to millennial moms and dads.

But as parents increasingly rely on screens to keep children occupied, our kids are paying the price. Fact is, putting a tablet in a young child’s hand is no substitute for adult/child interaction. It’s the give-and-take between parents and kids that enables vital brain development during the pre-toddler years. When parents don’t make the effort to talk to their baby or toddler, it inhibits their language skills. What’s more, children learn better with things they can touch versus what they see on a screen. Grasping concepts in 3D is far more effective than just two.

Teens suffer consequences as well. They may think multitasking makes them more productive and efficient, but it doesn’t. Every time you switch from one device to another, the brain has to adapt and adjust. It’s spending a good chunk of energy dealing with all the back and forth, and actually starts to shut down. “For tasks that are at all complicated, no matter how good you have become at multitasking, you’re still going to suffer hits against your performance,” David Meyer at the University of Michigan told The New York Times. “You will be worse compared to if you were actually concentrating from start to finish on the task.”

But wait, it gets worse: More and more parents are also using their own screens to tune out their children. A recent study at Boston Medical Center found that about 75% of adults took out a mobile device almost immediately when they were eating with their kids at a fast food restaurant. And in another study, children reported that they felt frustrated and were more likely to act out when their parents were on devices.

To help break this vicious circle, we need to do something and do it now. Screen is one tool available in today’s market that allow parents to manage all devices the kids use every day. From phones, to tablets, computers, Chromebooks, to the TV, PlayStation, Xbox, WiiU, Chromecast, Roku and more. Simply manage their time and block usage when needed. No more doing homework while Netfix is on the TV.

Today’s guest author is Tali Orad. Tali Orad is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and proud mom of three. Tali is also the founder of Screen dealing with the technology tsunami on a daily basis.

6 Deadly Mistakes All Parents Make

Kids don’t come with a handbook and much of parenting is on the job training. Thankfully for all of you, I have learned a thing or two about being a great parent. As I prepare to become a dad for the 5th time I’ve decided I should share some of my pearls of wisdom with you.

Pay attention as I share this valuable knowledge.  So many parents think they are making good choices for their children but they are in fact making choices that could potentially have deadly consequences. I want to share with you some of the most prevalent mistakes I’ve seen parents make in the hopes that you can avoid them. You’ll probably want to take notes. Continue reading 6 Deadly Mistakes All Parents Make

Like Father Like Son

So much of what I know about being a man and father, I learned either directly or indirectly from my dad. I am very thankful for his positive influence in my life. I recently connected with a guy by the name of Bolaji Oyejide. He started up Brave Little Heroes which are superhero books about kids that help to teach a positive message.

Bolaji O wants to help parents, dads especially, be better at raising up their own little Brave Heroes. He recently launched a podcast called Bravepreneur Parents Academy where he has been interviewing entrepreneur fathers to have them share their wisdom. Continue reading Like Father Like Son

I need a Vacation from my Family Vacation

As a parent, family vacations are anything but relaxing, quiet, peaceful getaways. On many levels it’s more stressful than just staying at home, but I can’t imagine not going on family vacations. Isn’t this what you sign on for when you decide to have kids? Aren’t crazy family vacations what you talk about and laugh about for decades to come?

I wrote about my Ideal Family Vacation a while back, I was only half joking. While the idea of some kid-free time is wonderful and often very necessary, I can’t imagine not going on at least one vacation a year with my kids.

I came across an article Travel Without Children that was talking about a study done by the website My Voucher Codes where they questioned parents if they would rather take their kids on vacation with them or go alone. 22% of parents said they would rather go alone, Continue reading I need a Vacation from my Family Vacation

Party Under the Big Top #12

I can’t believe this is already the last Tuesday in April, time seems to be flying by for me.  Last week we had a bunch of really great posts that linked up. I’m excited to see what you guys have in store for us this week.

Don’t forget to share some comment love to others, everyone loves to read comments. So go ahead and make someone’s day with a few great comments and we’ll return the favor. Also don’t forget to link up to the Instagram Party at the bottom. Continue reading Party Under the Big Top #12

The Secret About Band-aids

What’s the deal with Band-Aids? If you are a parent or a child care worker then you know there are magic healing powers inside band-aids. These special healing powers rival the secret magic of a mom’s kiss.

When my kids come running to me crying about their latest bump, my go-to reaction is “Here, let me kiss it.” 9 times out of 10 they are miraculously healed (A dad’s kiss is pretty good too, in case you didn’t know). But what about that 10th time? Continue reading The Secret About Band-aids