Help! My Teenage Son Keeps Unplugging Our Circle!

We’ve been using Circle for about six months and it’s been super helpful in managing our kids’ screen time. Our grade-school boys know it’s there, but are kind of vague on the details, which suits me fine. But it’s a different story with our 17-year-old […]

The Cousins are Coming to Visit. With their Smartphones.

It’s one of the highlights of summer—the cousins from California come to visit us for a week. Our three boys are thrilled to hang out with their wacky relatives. And the cousins are excited to fly up here—without their parents!—and spend some time in Oregon […]

This Father’s Day, Lay Off the Gadgets.

I’m a lucky guy. In our family, Father’s Day is a big deal. The kids make me cards and sometimes even bring me toast in bed. (I’m really not that wild about toast, but it’s the only thing they can cook.) They also get me […]

Tips for Parents to Manage Screen Time on Spring Break

Spring Break is upon us! The kids are home for a whole week, and filling out each day with new activities is easier said than done. Sure you might get a great start to the week with family outings, and scheduled playdates with friends, but […]

Why Bedtime and the iPad Shouldn’t Mix for Kids.

It’s probably true that my children have more screen time than they should. I closely monitor their tablets – what they’re playing, what they’re watching – as well as how much time they’re spending on the devices. Mostly it’s just during the day so I […]

Why Can’t You Just Be a Parent?

We’ve heard these words, all of us new parents juggling armfuls of little ones, smiled at us by kindly grandmothers in grocery stores, blinking out from late-night-feeding phone screens, passed over coffee by our sisters, our fathers, our trusted friends. We’ve heard them from well […]

Got a high schooler? You should probably know about the Yik Yak app.

It has been the cause of so many problems for teenagers that many school districts have banned it. It utilizes GPS technology to put people in contact with complete strangers near their geographical location. Every social networking app or site has its niche: Instagram is […]

5 Classic Movies Before Cellphones

We all groan in that one inevitable moment in every action movie – the part of the film when the cell coverage cuts out. Most often the main character’s battery is dead or the bad guys have somehow jammed the cell towers (if that is […]

Parents, It’s Time to Learn What Reddit Is

Reddit bills itself as “the front page of the internet,” and aims to be the starting place for all news and discussion happening across the world wide web. Eight percent of fourteen to seventeen year-old US teens are active users on Reddit – and that […]