Parent Resources

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Dec

Reading: An Amazing Tech Alternative

A great book should inspire, encourage, and / or challenge them. It should always point them towards the hope you have for them, not simply away from "bad stuff" like digital tech. There are plenty of bad people who love reading, so let's be clear: Reading won't fix our kids. But it can be a blessing to their hearts a...

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Dec

4 Steps for Finding a Great Book

Step #1: Find a topic that interests your reader (not you).   examples: Sports, dragons, history, a person, siblings, adventure, love. There is no such thing as the perfect book for every reader. Exhibit A: Pick up a best seller and tell me if you enjoy it. There's a really good chance you won't! The s...

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Nov

A Deeper Look: Tool Tech vs. Drool Tech

How to Create Contentment and Not Simply Desire Dopamine As we discussed in a previous post, it is important that we understand the difference between Tool Tech & Drool Tech. When people throw around "facts" about tech they are often referring to Drool Tech. Yes, there are a lot of scary stats out there, but wh...

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Nov

Two Types of Tech: Tool & Drool

There Are Two Types of Tech 1. Tool Tech: Tech we use to create.  2. Drool Tech: Tech we use to consume. Tool Tech & Drool Tech are not simply "good" and "bad" tech. Instead they are an easy way to distinguish types of tech that can have more negative behaviors. A growing body of research shows D...

04

Nov

Healthy Tech Self-Check

Do I use tech, or does tech use me? Having conversations about healthy tech can be really difficult. We somehow feel like the conversation is both way too big (there are SO many ways to misuse tech) and too small (am I supposed to micromanage my family?). We have all kinds of doubts: What if I am making to...

07

Oct

Learn About New Board Games From the Pros

Board games can be an incredibly replacement activity for unhealthy tech choices. Board games have a number of benefits because they: Generally require others to playAre difficult to binge aloneProvide fantastic adventures and intrigueDevelop problem solving and social/emotional skills If you've heard of a game ...

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Oct

A Smart Phone Solution

The Light Phone is designed to get the tools you want, without the distractions. There are a lot of solutions that promise to fix the issues we experience with smart phones. The Light Phone 2 (arriving November, 2019) is designed to be a tool and not a deterrent to the life you want to live. This is a perfect fit ...

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Oct

Mom and Dad, Can I Play This Game?

As parents we read a lot of game reviews. It can be hard to answer the question: Mom and Dad, Can I Play This Game? This resource is to help you answer that with your child! There are two steps: a) Download the grade sheet! (NOTE: We're having some technical difficulties! Until we fix it just e-mail nathan@flintand...