Raising Boys and Girls Podcast: S4, E3 Arlene Pellicane Interview


The Raising Boys and Girls podcast is back for Season 4 with topics and guests that will inspire you along your journey of raising kids in today’s world. Join Sissy Goff and David Thomas this week as they chat with author and speaker, Arlene Pellicane offering help and hope for managing screentime and devices in your family.

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You don’t have to come from a happy home to have a happy home. Arlene Pellicane

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How does a parent know if their child has been on screens too much?

If you are asking the question, it is worth investigating.

If your child has lost interest in things they used to love, they might need a screen time reset. Arlene Pellicane

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Behaviors that may indicate kids need a screen time reset:

Losing interest in things they used to love to do.

Sneaky behavior.

Disobeying rules.

Asking constantly for devices or screen time.

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How does increased screen time impact the emotions and educational development of children?

Kitten experiment – Blakemore and Cooper

If kids are spending hours every day on devices, what aren’t they doing that could support their development?

Without practice, neural pathways have not been formed through experience.

How can parents model healthy screen time and a relationship with screens?

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Pivot – When your kids are in the room or are asking for your attention, pivot away from your device and make eye contact.

Put screens away at mealtime.

Digital Vegetable (good screen time) versus Digital Candy (unintentional screen time)

Having rhythms and routines will help single parents and all families keep boundaries.

The Smart Step Mom

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When co-parenting, try to make your homes as congruent as possible. Negotiate and get creative to find balance. Arlene Pellicane

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Grandparents, pick your battles. Share your feedback and opinion on the one thing that really matters.

Every child is different. What works for one may not work for another.

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