Screens and the impact that they are having on our children’s brains

I squirmed, I sweated, felt guilty and encouraged, I laughed and held back tears, had the weight of the world shove me to the ground, and then was given a hand that brought me back up. And all that happened before lunch. My run through the emotional parenting gauntlet was courtesy of the “What Do You Really Need To Know As A Parent” conference at the 92nd St. Y held Monday, Feb. 11.

At the end of the day, while recollecting my thoughts after hearing from the numerous speakers about the most important job I will ever have, one thing in particular stuck in my mind – the growing impact of electronic media exposure on our children.  Many of us have done it to keep our children calm or quiet in public spaces – used electronic media as a pacifier.  Our children begin to act up and we hand them our phone to play video games or watch a movie.

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