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Climb any mountain!

This is a guest post by Geralyn’s husband, editor, and aspiring adventurer,  Mike McLaughlin.

During Screen-Free Week, our two boys and I went to Beacon, NY for   a pleasant and sometimes strenuous hike up Mount Beacon.  I offer this account today as a great example of what you can do without electronic entertainment, and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Live Your Life

Yesterday was just incredible! Empowered by Play participated in the nation-wide Healthy Kids Day sponsored by YMCA. Our local YMCA in Newburgh, NY recruited about 30 community organizations to participate – and we were thrilled to be a part.

For Empowered by Play, it was the perfect opportunity to talk with children and families about [...]

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 [...]

Gearing up to Power Down: Screen-Free Week April 18-24th

Are you ready for Screen-Free Week 2011? On April 18th, just three weeks away, the nationwide Screen-Free Week begins.  When my sons saw the Screen-Free Week logo on my computer a while back, they asked if we’d be participating again this year. When I confirmed, “Yes!” I was not prepared for the howling-growls that pierced [...]

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 [...]