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

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By Melanie Hempe, RN

Is your toddler sleeping with his iPad? Is your grade-schooler always playing with your phone? Is your middle-schooler staying inside to play Minecraft every day? Was your high school son up till 3am last night playing his video games? With no real limits and left to manage technology on their own, most children will overuse it. As our culture saturates our children with media, our job as parents is to skillfully guide them through the deluge of distractions.

Why Grammies Love Screen-Free Week

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By Lynne Noel, Jan Eby, Laurie Mobilio, and Cindy Summers, authors of The Grammie Guide

Times have changed. Life is more serious for today’s children: they have learned about the impact of humans on the earth, food allergies, and the need for sunscreen and antibacterial soap. Supervised far more closely than in years past, they have play dates rather than spontaneous pick-up games, are delivered by car to most destinations, and rarely play outside their own backyard.

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