Silence Really is Golden

Silence Really is Golden By Dawn Poulterer-Woods, ScreenStrong Ambassador    Years ago, before the iPhone was clutched in every human hand, I posed a question to our 300 plus high school students. After years of working in a high school as a teacher and counselor, I noticed some changes in our culture that were causing me…

Five Reasons Why Screen-Free Week is Essential for Kids and Families

Five Reasons Why Screen-Free Week is Essential for Kids and Families By Melanie Hempe, BSN, Founder of ScreenStrong “I saw my 9-year-old daughter laying on the floor, just day dreaming. I immediately thought, ‘Oh no, she is bored, maybe she could…’ then I stopped myself and just let her lay there. She wasn’t bored, just…

Go to the ATM every day!

We covered a lot of info last week on the developmental needs of children. If you are like me, it is hard to remember all the dentist appointments, school meetings and groceries, so how am I going to remember the three most important developmental ingredients to my child’s day?  Remember ATM ( Attachment, Touch, Movement) every…

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,…