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Peggy Orenstein’s book CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER wasn’t the book I hoped it would be – it was better.

I was hoping she’d knock the marketing giant flat on its exploitative keister and that her book would make a strong and irrefutable case against Disney’s shameless and relentless marketing to young girls – opening parents’ [...]

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 [...]

Milk Media Madness

Is it too much to ask that our school children eat a school lunch without being marketed to? I don’t think so. A few months ago, I wrote about Milk Media and their Milk Rocks! campaign. At that time I was upset about the Bakugan website advertised to my 5 year-old son on [...]

Small moments

Last night after dinner, my sons begged and begged to watch a DVD. We don’t have television, and we have a “No DVD on school nights” rule.  I stood firm and upheld the rule. Oh, my goodness, were there tears.  “It’s okay,” I said.  “You can be sad.”  One son, looking outside and seeing the [...]

The Power of Parenting

I’ve been thinking more about the new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the great deal of bad news it has about our kids. For example:  “Today, 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) to using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week).” The [...]

Plugging in your kids – a slippery slope

Yesterday’s NY Times featured a great article about kids and electronic media consumption – If Your Kids Are Awake They’re Probably Online.  The researchers were amazed at the increase they found,  thinking that we’d already reached a saturation point. Turns out kids are multi-media tasking at an astronomical rate, with smart phones, computers and more.


No batteries required

This weekend I drove by a house with a group of about ten teenagers hanging outside. It was a beautiful sunny day and they were sprawled about the driveway. Some were just relaxing while others were busily making elaborate chalk drawings all over the driveway and sidewalk. The scene made me smile. It is [...]