screen time and play 

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Pretend Play Time?

Not all toys have to plug in. Credit: Getty Images Back in the day, "play time" didn't mean "screen time," because there weren't that many screens available. Now, of course, children have so many electronic entertainment options that...Children have so many electronic entertainment options that they may not be getting enough good old fashioned pretend play.

Consistent Rules Can Limit Television Watching, Study Shows

You can help save your child from turning into a TV zombie. No, it's not a lost cause. As much as your kids may love sitting in front of the television/computer/video game monitor, a new study shows that by setting limits, parents can curtail th...

Hope for Craft-Challenged Moms

Over the years I've written books and countless articles about keeping kids creatively occupied in the summer. This being the case, people naturally assume that I'm an arts-and-crafts diva -- you know, the kind of mom who saves Styrofoam meat tra...

Screen time compromising a love for nature?

I grew up without television. As a result, I have a bizarre pop-culture deficit that causes some rather entertaining, if not baffling social encounters, and makes me appear to be much more serious than I actually am. It's not that I don't think you'r...


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