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August 22, 2014


John headshot Oct2013Most Fridays I try to post links to interesting things I found while looking around these internets. Here’s this week’s list:

Nick Gillespie writes a pretty “on the nose” article in the most recent issue of Time Magazine titled “Millennials are Selfish and Entitled and Helicopter Parents Are to Blame” — of course, I’d like this article. It’s pretty much what the first section of my next book is about.

Betsy Brown Braun (say that three times fast!) writes a timely article on some of the unique behavioral problems that often come just after your kids go back to school.

Pediatrician Jane Scott writes about a troubling trend of parents neglecting their children in favor of engaging with their smartphones. I’m a fan of social media and technology; I’m also a fan of being present with your kids when you’re with your kids.

A few months ago Ann Kirby-Payne came up with a bold idea. She began to offer her children unlimited screen time — with a few conditions. It’s counter-intuitive, but it seems to be working for her. In fact, she says it’s actually reduced the amount of time her kids spend in front of screens. Might be worth a try.

Last week I told you about Mat Honan’s experiment where he “liked” everything on Facebook for 48 hours. It might seem as though the best option in light of that article is to quit Facebook altogether. I won’t rule that out for you, but I will present you with another option. This one comes from Elan Morgan. She quit “liking” things for two weeks, and what she discovered is interesting: She likes Facebook more without the “like” button.

Finally, Julie Holt gives us the main reason why she has finally started taking care of her physical health. It’s important for us to remember that we’re defining “normal” for our kids. She’s decided this is an important element of that.

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