Parent Resources

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Jan

Family Framework: Social Media

Social media can feel a bit like the Wild West at times. As parents we feel overwhelmed with questions: What is okay? For how long? How much is too much?Will my child make good choices? What happens when they don't? What should I do when their friends make bad choices? How do I manage who they contact online? ...

16

Dec

Is Disney+ Worth The Investment?

Disney has officially entered the battle for your time and dime. For months they've been amassing their forces for war: In October they stopped allowing Netflix ads in their contentIn May they beat Comcast out as majority owner of the streaming service Hulu.For the last years they've quietly begun amassing their ar...

11

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...

11

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...

11

Nov

Creating vs. Consuming: Clarifying Tool and Drool Tech.

There is a lot of scary tech research out there. We hear that tech can: impair attention (Mendoza, Pody, 2018)reduces test scores (Beland, Murphy, 2015)lower cognitive capacity (Weis, Cerankosky, 2010)be addictive (Freed, 2016; WHO March, 2018; Christakis, 2019)be a dangerous distraction (Ward, Duke, 2017; dscout, ...

11

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 ...

07

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 ...

07

Oct

Gospel Tech: Game Review Guide

This game review guide is to help answer the question: "Mom and Dad, Can I Play This Game?" This resource allows you to answer this question with your child. Go through the game grade together and talk about why this game is or isn't a good fit for your family. Each conversation will help make your family strong...