Boredom

Practical Conversation about Screen Time (a podcast)

Last week, Mel Avila and I had a great conversation about the nuts and bolts of reducing screen time in our families. Mel’s podcast, Raising Playful Tots, is a great source of practical parenting tips, ideas and discussion. Listen to the 40-minute podcast here and then leave a comment about the one thing that most stuck with you…

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5 Tips for Sorting Out Screen Time

  I just returned from a great weekend at Moharimet Elementary School in New Hampshire where we explored screen time from several different angles. After exploring screens through the lens of what our children are not doing when they are doing screen time (likely, not getting bored, not engaging in deep play and not wondering…

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Still Time Left…to do nothing

In most parts of the country, there is between one week and three weeks left of “summer vacation.” This means…there’s still time left: time left to do not much of anything. Has your summer been busy? Filled with trips and camping and hikes and swimming? That’s great! AND, doing none of those things for a…

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Destination Deep Play

In my classes, we spend quite a bit of time discussing scheduling. In Chapter 5 of Simplicity Parenting, Kim Payne uses a metaphor I find incredibly useful to help us understand the different activities that fill our children’s days. The metaphor is based on the idea of crop rotation: in order to keep soil healthy,…

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