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“Having calm, consistent conversations has greatly improved screen balance in my home and I have written hundreds of articles to help others.”— Delaney Ruston, MD Physician/Filmmaker

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April 13, 2021

What Isolation Has Done, How In-Person School Can Help

I am concerned about our youth, and science substantiates my worries as studies are reporting very high rates of mental health challenges. I’m calling on everyone to band together to find solutions. I have lots of ideas I explore with you today.

Mental Health
Delaney Ruston, MD
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October 20, 2020
Social Media

“Texting Preferred Over In-Person Time”...REALLY???

I have been asking kids and teens the following, “If you had a totally free Saturday, what would you choose — being at home communicating with friends over social media, or being with your friends in-person?” Every single time I get the same response: “being with my friends in-person.” Learn their surprising responses.

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October 13, 2020
Mental Health

Friendships During COVID

Many young people are feeling disconnected from friends and at the same time, others have been able to maintain a sense of closeness to friends. And, we, parents, are concerned about our kids in these incredibly challenging social times. Today I give tips for talking with your kids about appreciating any goodness happening in their friendships — and how the tech revolution has been helpful.

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October 5, 2020
Screen Time Rules

My Book Launch of Parenting in the Screen Age

Today I am sharing an excerpt from the introduction of my new book, Parenting in the Screen Age, and a peek at the Table of Contents too. This book is all about how we, as parents, can feel as empowered as possible to help our kids maintain healthy screen time — whether during summer vacation, a busy school year or stuck quarantined through a pandemic.

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September 29, 2020
Homework & Schoolwork

How To Think Like A Fact-Checker

Helping our kids find reliable information in the vast swamp of misinformation, disinformation, conspiracies, and propaganda on the internet and social media right now is crucial. To help our kids better understand what they are seeing and not passing on anything suspect, I give you a peek into the 3 questions fact-checkers start with when trying to validate a story.

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September 22, 2020
Mental Health

Every Child 10 And Up Needs To Know

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it is important to think and talk about this difficult subject with our kids this month. Today I share ideas about having such a conversation along with a link to a section of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER that is dear to my heart and really touches those adults and youth who see it.

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September 15, 2020
Mental Health

Nerves On Edge In Your Home?

Today I am sharing some ideas for parents to help decrease tension in the home. Focusing on what we can do — rather than what others are doing that annoys us is key. Bringing down our own stress level works wonders to lower stress in the entire home.

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September 8, 2020
Homework & Schoolwork

Rethinking PE – Back To School

As kids do school from home, how many will have ways to be physically active? And, if you are a parent that has a kid or teen that you have tried everything to get them to move and nothing works, I get you. I don’t have a magic bullet, but I do have some ideas today that may be helpful.

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September 1, 2020
Time Reductions Skills

TTT Book Launch

I have some big news! I have been working on a book for quite some time, and it is finally just about ready! It is titled, Parenting In The Screen Age: A Guide for Calm Conversations.

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August 25, 2020
Homework & Schoolwork

Setting a Sleep Routine for Back to School

Today I discuss powerful research regarding how sleep deficiency can impact brain development. Having a calm conversation about the latest science of sleep and brain development before even broaching the ideas of new sleep rules can be effective.

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August 18, 2020
Homework & Schoolwork

Tips for Setting Up School at Home

Back to school during these COVID times. How to deal with cellphones at their side while kids are in class over Zoom? With school at home, staying off cellphones during classes will be a bigger struggle than ever before. Today, I give tips on how to set up for success.

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August 11, 2020
Mental Health

The Curse of Body Image Concerns

I explore how social media messes with our kids' minds regarding attractiveness and how apps, such as TikTok, seem to be doing manipulations in ways that never occurred to me.

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August 4, 2020
Mental Health

The Number One Thing Kids & Teens Want their Parents to Know

In today’s Tech Talk Tuesday, I want to share the more significant issue of trust in our internet age.

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July 28, 2020
Screen Time Rules

3 Steps To Fewer Fights Over Screen Time

How the Nurtured Heart Approach 3-steps can make a big difference in the family dynamic. It helps by bringing attention to the positive and giving less energy to the negative. Today I explain how it works and break it down to make it easy to try.

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July 21, 2020
Creativity

Building a Sense of "Can Do"

Building a sense of "Can Do" and "Can Help" by helping out at home doing things otherwise known as chores — 20 ideas

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July 14, 2020
Social Media

Screenagers Podcast Launched, TikTok’s Allure and How Two Teens Cut Back

Today I’m super jazzed to announce the official launch of the Screenagers Podcast! I have the first two episodes here for you, one about TikTok and one about video gaming.

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July 7, 2020
Time Reductions Skills

When They Know They Are Being Manipulated — It Can Help

In this week’s TTT I talk about a fascinating experiment and an interesting public health campaign that significantly changed youth behavior … and how that can be applied to reducing screen time.

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June 30, 2020
Creativity

22 Podcasts kids and teens are listening to right now

Today I have 22 podcast recommendations for kids and teens (and adults will like many of these too). AND, I’m excited to announce that I will be launching my own podcast in the next few weeks!.

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June 23, 2020
Time Reductions Skills

Myths Around Modeling Screen Time

What are specific screen time behaviors that parents can do to demostrate the value of healthy screen time rules? And, how can they model the work that changing behavior entails?

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June 16, 2020
Social Media

The Good and Bad of Social Media and the Fight for Racial Equity

Talking with our kids and teens about media, social media, and the immensely important issue of racial injustice is so critical right now. How do these platforms bring us together to find solutions? How do they fracture us and make finding solutions harder?

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June 9, 2020
Creativity

Nothing Superficial About This Summer!

Here are some ideas of meaningful things to consider doing with your kids, or suggesting to them. From volunteering, to “Jewelry for Justice” to getting matched with a Sage, to learning about how local government works, and so much more.

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June 2, 2020
Mental Health

Our Kids Need Us

We are experiencing an intensity that is hard to put into words, and we must help our kids emotionally and mentally navigate. Their social media feeds — which already were playing a major role in their lives during the pandemic — are roiling with taxing and painful posts of yelling, riots, death. It’s more important than ever to figure out effective ways to be engaged in our kids’ lives. Here are some ideas.

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May 26, 2020
Homework & Schoolwork

Tips For Improving Study Time During Covid-19

10 suggestions for improving study habits that when kids are doing their school at home, and homework. One is explaining the science of procrastination and the reasons for jumping into the hard stuff first can help. I cover this and much more today.

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May 19, 2020
Mental Health

How to teach them the "hard stuff" from home

Today’s TTT is Inspired by a family who decided that because their school doesn't teach social-emotional learning they would integrate these concepts into their new normal of school at home. I give ideas on ways you can do this too.

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