Nature.

Overstimulated, isolated, sedentary, anxious, depressed children can get that way from staying in the house all day. This may happen because: Many parents are overanxious about their kids getting hurt and they think that their kids are safer in the house. Parents don’t understand the benefits of outdoor play. Moms can’t take their screens outside…

Movement.

Children can’t learn if they don’t move. Many moms don’t fully understand the scientific importance of movement in our child’s life. We may see it more as a behavior issue and mistakenly equate being still to being obedient. But movement is critical for healthy brain development.  There is exciting research on the importance of movement,…

Touch.

Touch is the second critical requirement for healthy child development according to Occupational Therapist Cris Rowan. She describes it this way, “Adequate touch helps a child to know where their body is in space, and is important for helping a child to feel calm and relaxed. A child who is deprived of touch exhibits anxiety,…

Attachment.

  This week I am covering the three most important things every child needs for healthy development.  First, a secure attachment and connection to family is essential for healthy brain and emotional development and ultimate success for your child. This bonding begins at birth and is essential for survival; it is so important that a…

“Just one more level!”

One thing that gaming overuse allowed in our house was what I call gaming disobedience. This is when you call your child for dinner and you get the famous “Just one more level mom” response.  Or there is the moody temper episodes over undone homework and undone chores because the game is more important than…

On the Air!

This morning (three MMM moms) Allison, Ellen and I  joined Bo Thompson for his morning talk show on WBT Charlotte News Talk radio! Listen here:   https://soundcloud.com/wbtradio/moms-managing-media-interview-5132014 Bo did a great job with the interview and Dr. Doan joined us via phone explaining the science behind screen time and the brain.  Among other things discussed we…

Do smartphones hurt your child?

Fox News Health just had a timely short clip by Dr. Manny Alvarez about children and cell phones and screens.  http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/05/05/are-smartphones-hurting-your-kids Touch screen devices have no known benefits to a child but rather they are linked to lower verbal skills. The interaction with the screen touching buttons and swiping, delays