Balancing the Right Amount of Screen Time for Your Kids During the Holidays

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Jenifer Joy Madden is the author of  How to Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design. Her book is packed with practical tips and tricks to help people live in harmony with their technology. This allows the time in their lives to be opened up for everything else they need to do to be healthy, happy, and durable. Jenifer joined GTU with 3 tips on how families can stay close in the midst of the holiday rush. 
The Gadget Basket
  • Doesn’t have to be a basket, but any container that can hold the family’s handheld devices
  • Silence phones before placing in basket
  • Keep basket out of reach of table
  • Among the Durable skills taught: listening, good eating habits, staying in touch with your loved ones
The Talking Stick
  • Talking stick is most closely associated with the native people of the Pacific Northwest
  • Only the person with the stick can talk. Everyone else in the group has to listen
  • The Talking Stick doesn’t have to be a stick. Can be any object family designates (such as a ketchup bottle)
  • You can decorate your stick as a family. 
  • Among the Durable skills taught: listening, patience, expressing yourself civilly
Plug-in Alarm Clock
  • Allows the child to sleep soundly through the night
  • Prevents late-night texting
  • Obviates the need to have cell phone in room as an alarm clock
  • Among durable skills taught: good sleeping habits, being able to peacefully separate from your device, better recall, keeping your metabolism and body healthy 

To learn more from Jenifer you can visit her website at

You can purchase Jenifer’s book on amazon or audible

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