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

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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Screen Addiction is Stealing Your Kid’s Future

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The Top 5 Things You Can Do to Stop It

"The evidence is clear, but we're not ready to face it. Society has gone all-in on tech and we don't want to accept that the devices on which we've become dependent have gotten out of control. Even more difficult, is taking responsibility for giving devices to our kids with developing brains."

-- Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids and How to Break the Trance.

The Inconvenient Truth

My son runs cross country and track. If you've ever been to a track meet, you know it's a full day event, during which you get to watch your child compete for about 5 minutes. With all that time waiting patiently on the wooden bleachers, I’ve had a chance to ask other parents how they manage screens in their home.

99% of the time, the conversation starts like this…

Q: “Do you let your teenager sleep with his/her phone?”

A: “Yes, because it’s his/her alarm...

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