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Screen-Free Week…how did it go?!

Screen-Free Week 2012 ended yesterday, and as always I am sad to see it go. For me, the best part about Screen-Free Week is that I have the best excuse for turning off Twitter and Facebook. Although both Twitter and Facebook help Empowered by Play reach a broader audience, and help me share information as [...]

Plan ahead and keep Screen-Free Week a scream-free week :-)

What would you do with an extra 32 hours in your week? Plant a garden? Visit a friend? Take a walk? Read a book? Make play dough? You could do all of those things and still have time to ride a bike and help your mom with a chore.  The average preschool child spends [...]

Thankful for blankets!

All hail the humble blanket! It is perhaps one of the best, all time classic playthings. Besides being a welcomed, cozy comfort for children of all ages, a blanket can be played with about a gazillion different ways. It is such the perfect toy that this year it has been inducted into the National Toy [...]

How Screen-Free Can You Be?

One of the nicest things about Screen-Free Week is how the week has turned into a week-and-a-half, at least to some extent, in that I haven’t resumed all my screen-time habits yet. As predicted, Screen-Free Week was much harder for me than it was for our sons, being that they are already [...]

Mitigating the Nag Factor

When my twin sons were just 3 years old they started begging to watch the Transformers movie, rated PG-13. They first learned about it when we were selecting “On Demand” shows for them to watch. The Transformers promo frequently appeared in the corner of the screen, offering endless enticing explosions. I couldn’t believe my little [...]

Empowered by Play endorses Screen-Free Week!

How hard would it be for your family to forgo screen entertainment for one week? That includes video games, television, social media and texting – the whole kit-and-caboodle. Have you ever tried it? Maybe the electricity went out for a day or two from an ice-storm (that happened in our area last winter) and [...]

“Me Want Daddy iPad”

Is it just me or does the iPad seem to be on everyone’s mind these days? This morning on NPR’s Morning Edition, the iPad was described as “widely popular”. Yesterday in the NY Times, the article Math that Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad, looked at the advantages of using iPads in the classroom. It [...]

Good and Bad Toy Ideas

The other day a friend sent me the link to the Good Housekeeping Best Toy list for 2010. I checked out the list and thought,”Ugh!” So many of the toys on their list are EXACTLY the kinds of toys I steer parents away from. Today, I’ll offer some alternatives to the Good Housekeeping Best Toys [...]

Thanks, EYI!

A big thank you to The Early Years Institute for the wonderful conference on Friday. The conference, “We Interrupt This Program: Playing and Learning in the Age of Hyper-Media”,  brought together many folks fighting the good fight on behalf of children. The Early Years Institute is a young non-profit organization aimed at “helping communities value [...]

Celebrating Peace

How will you celebrate today’s United Nations International Day of Peace?

Share what you have?

Help others to be heard?

Be open minded?

Teach peace?

I started celebrating a little early – on Sunday at our local Roots & Shoots meeting. Roots & Shoots is youth-driven international organization founded by Dr. Jane Goodall. The movement [...]