Tag: Connection

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  • 3 Ingredients for Healthy Media Use in the Preschool Years

    “Broken!” Miles exclaimed. “It's broken!” He said again in an increasingly frustrated voice.

    It took me a couple of minutes to catch up. My son was positioned directly in front of the TV, trying diligently to move a character on Daniel Tiger with his index finger. I soon realized what he was trying to do and was struck by what a digital age moment this... 

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  • New Study Reveals the Cost of Parenting While Texting

    “The intervention came one night during dinner,” a friend recently told me, “when my four-year-old son pleaded, ‘Dad, would you please put that away? I’m trying to talk to you.’” He hesitated before adding, “I knew my cell phone use was out of control because the next night I snuck into the bathroom during dinner to check my messages so he... 

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  • Parenting Teens: Staying Connected As Your Child Grows Up

    "I'm afraid I might just disappear"

    In my early twenties I facilitated a workshop with middle schoolers around the theme of courage. The teachers warned me that one student might be a bit difficult to deal with. “She’s always acting out and challenging authority,” one of the teachers said.

    The workshop went along uneventfully until one of... 

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  • Parenting Teenagers: Getting Creative With Connection

    Before I had a teenager I used to joke that my kids will someday be mortified to be seen with me! I knew it was coming - it just doesn't feel good now that it is here. My 16 year old daughter wants NOTHING to do with me but I don't want to give up on our relationship. Help!

    Margarite, CA

    Margarite, Having raised three kids I... 

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