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Real Conversation – There’s No App For That

Think about the last time you had a really good talk with someone. Maybe it was over lunch, or in the car, or over the phone. Or maybe, ideally, the conversation took place in a living room or other comfortable space, without time pressures or

Helicopter Parenting

Helicopter Parenting

I decided one day that I wanted to do something fun with my daughter, just she and I. A mom-daughter date. I came across an event where people get together and paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece at a local venue. They provide the instructor, canvas, and

Canyon View Pediatrics - Mindfulness

Be Present – Mindfulness for the Whole Family

Almost two years ago, my maternal grandmother passed away. We called her “MomMom” because she didn’t like the title “Grandma.” She was one of the most kind and loving people I have ever known. Our greetings were always the same. She would place her hands

Establishing a Family Social Media Plan

Several weeks ago, I was talking with one of my teenage daughters while she was on her smartphone browsing her social media. I asked her how her day went at school and then she smiled and laughed about something that was posted on her social

The Myth of Social Media

Last year at about this time I wrote an article entitled “Does Your Phone Have a Bedtime?” It was about the importance of monitoring and actively limiting our children’s use of smartphones. Even more has been discovered and published on this topic since then, especially

Screen Time Recommendations for Infants and Toddlers

If there’s a buzzword out there that rings in every parent’s ears nowadays it’s “screen time.” You’ve more than likely heard your child’s pediatrician tell you that your children should spend  no more than two hours per day in front of a screen, and your

Does Your Phone Have a Bedtime?

This question often elicits quizzical looks from the teenagers in my clinic. I have started to ask about this and many other screen related issues, as families are greatly affected by the current trends in the use (and misuse) of media. Clearly there are many