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Ever feel like every day is Groundhog Day when it comes to reminders and disussions around screen time with your kids?

Feel like you and your spouse / partner are not 100% on the same page around what is the “appropriate” or “healthy” amount of screen time in the ubiquitous digital world we are living in?

Do you get a bit disheartened and maybe even a little heartbroken when your kids look like zombies resembling the picture on the cover of “Glow Kids: How screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – And How to Break the Trance” by  Dr. Nicholas Kardaras? Still sitting on my nightstand, P.S. It’s next on my list!

Since so much of what these kids do lives inside of their phones and devices, it can be overwhelming as a parent to know what the right amount of time makes sense for them to be on them vs. how much is too much as it relates to their emotional, physical, and mental health, along with their brain development and ability to focus.  Also on my reading list is “Distracted: How to Reconnect our Digitally Distracted Kids” by Thomas Kersting.

I’d love to start a book club in my community so that we can read these books together and support one another in navigating these parenting landscape.  Consider doing the same with your friends or in your school!

With our 14-year old son starting high school tomorrow and our 11-year old daughter kicking off middle (without a phone), I’m feeling a compelling need to create more concrete, clear, and enforceable boundaries around what makes sense for our family to feel connected and thrive in this wild adventure we call life to ensure that we are actually, you know, living.

We just created this “Family Media Plan” on www.healthychildren.org which you can save and print and agree to so you don’t have to keep repeating the same inane, hollow pleas for your kids to put down their devices.  I’m super excited about kicking off the new school year with defined expectations so we can all be on the same page and develop consistency and good habits individually and as a family!

 

 

 

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Veronica is an Executive of a Cyber Security Search and Software firm aspiring to "balance" being an entrepreneur of a high-growth start up while meeting the needs of her family and her own mental & physical sanity. She is using the ups and downs of marriage and parenting as a pathway to forgiveness & growth, and thus, a recovering Type-A perfectionist, who is learning to practice patience, compassion, non-judgement and kindness towards herself and others on a daily basis. Veronica is also a Certified Health Coach who doesn't cook and is obsessed with finding the best juice and smoothie bars in every city she travel to. She's committed to hacking true wellness and vitality from the inside out and loves promoting people, places, & brands who do the mind, body, spirit, animals, & the environment good. She lives for dancing to 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today and dark chocolate. She's happy you're here, and welcomes you to join her on this journey towards practicing kindness in all aspects of our lives and sharing real solutions.

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