Face Time During Meal Time

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A father and daughter go out to a restaurant for lunch. They sit down in a booth and both quietly slip out their cell phones and start texting and checking e-mail. This continues until the waitress comes to take their order. Another 20 minutes go by as silence envelops the table. It is not until the food comes that an actual face-to-face conversation starts between…

Prioritize Face Time Not Screen Time for Toddlers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mom quickly tosses in a load of laundry while preparing her toddler daughter’s breakfast. After feeding and cleaning up her toddler’s breakfast, the mom engages in a search for the toddler’s pacifier. All the while, the mom’s thinking about all of the chores that need to still be completed around the house. Once the pacifier is found, it is quickly cleaned and put in…

Managing Technology on Family Vacations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The long awaited family vacation had finally arrived. The family had traveled over nine hours in the car to get to their destination. Everyone was unpacked and ready to enjoy a week off. As the mother looked out from the balcony, she saw the sun going down and the sun rays reflecting off the ocean water. She went back inside and encouraged the rest of…

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