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.

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…

Don’t start too young.

Don’t let your kids start playing too young. Don’t be too amazed at the astonishing computer and gaming skills that your 5-year old possesses; sorry, but it is truly not that special! They are called  “smart”  devices not devices for smart kids. As parents we are so impressed with our children’s abilities at young ages…