Watch and weigh in with your comments. I’d love to know how you approach screen time in your home.
My recent interview with Jonathan Wai, Ph.D. in Psychology Today outlines 9 ways to improve your child’s chances for success. The article has inspired much discussion online. What do you think of my “success” list below? Share your comments and join the conversation.
1. The crib as a metaphor for raising a child: kids need boundaries so they can have guidance but also freedom.
2. One way of setting boundaries is limiting screen time: “If we use them as pacifiers and think our children are going to get smarter we make a mistake”
3. Realize that your child may not be just like you, and that can be a good thing.
When The New York Times asked me to contribute to the Sunday Review section a few weeks back, I thought they’d want to talk about my work with toddlers. Instead they wanted the ‘download’ on my TV habits (the world stops when Michigan football is on) and my recent fascination with monster trucks. Read the full piece here.
I’ve written for a range of venues, academic journals, online, magazines, newspapers and an entire book. I write about toddlers, children, working mothers and parenting but never as a blog. On a daily basis, I observe or think about issues related to children or myself as a parent that I imagine would be interesting to a wider range of parents. Yet, I’ve never put the proverbial pen to paper until now. [Read more…]