Melanie is the Founder of ScreenStrong. If you need help reducing the screen conflicts in your home, please reach out to us; we can help. We have tips and solutions for fixing screen problems and reclaiming childhood.

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…

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

30 Minutes Outside!

Making a decision to reduce the media consumption in your home will require some thought,  creativity and planning as you replace the screen with traditional play.  In his book Play, Dr. Stuart Brown makes a scientific case for more unstructured play in all of our lives.  Giving our children the gift of a rich play…

Easy test for overuse.

Is your child overusing technology? Playing too many video games? It can be hard to determine if you have a potential problem on your hands. Or maybe it isn’t really that hard at all. After three years of working with families, I have discovered one simple quick assessment that seems to help moms and kids get perspective…