An Ode to my Father: Protect Your Kids' Mental Health in the ScreenAge

Oct 10, 2018

In August, my father, with whom I was very close, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Towards the end of his life, he’d lost the ability to eat, read and socialize -- the things he loved most in life. To see him in this condition was heartbreaking, yet, the weeks leading up to his death were oddly inspiring. The disease had taken his body, but I knew his legacy would carry on.

During the days I sat by his bedside, my three sisters would visit and we shared poignant, funny and sad moments from our childhood. Did we ever acknowledge his parenting skills or thank him for investing time in our future? No way! At least not then. As I watched the disease take his mind and body, I reflected on how much my life choices were shaped by the time he spent teaching us how to live.

My dad taught us about values. He didn’t care about keeping up with the Joneses, societal norms, or embarrassing us in the grocery store. He toted vitamins in his “Man...

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Jean Twenge on Parenting the Smartphone Generation

Oct 01, 2018

Last Tuesday night I attended a talk by Jean Twenge, author of the highly acclaimed book iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.

I’ve read the book and been following her work closely since it was brought to my attention in The Atlantic article published in April of 2017, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, she presented updated data and nuances gained between the publishing of her book in early 2017 and fall 2018 — an eternity as it relates to the subject.

I found it interesting that Dr. Twenge doesn't study teens and screens per se, but instead she studies Psychology across generations. Screens only registered on her Richter scale because of the negative impact they’ve had on adolescent mental health—so dramatic, it’s shaping an entire generation. I suspect the continued study of digital media’s impact on adolescence will provide Dr....

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