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1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #216-220

Through the help of our fellow screen-free parents, we are aiming to provide a list of 1 million simple things to do with kids...

New Screen-Time Research Supports the Screen-Language Delay Connection in Children

A while back, we shared an image Screen-Free Dad created and it went viral (see below). It was shared and commented on by many. The shares...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #211-215

Through the help of our fellow screen-free parents, we are aiming to provide a list of 1 million simple things to do with kids...

Reclaiming Home Movies: A Mother’s Day Special Activity

This blog is about Screen-Free Parenting on the surface. In reality, it’s a cultural critique of current parenting trends and even more so, how...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #206-210

Through the help of our fellow screen-free parents, we are aiming to provide a list of 1 million simple things to do with kids...

Want to be Closer to Your Kids? There’s an App for That

Perhaps one of the best marketing slogans of the past two decades is Apple’s “There’s an app for that.” The message is clear: If...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #201-205

Through the help of our fellow screen-free parents, we are aiming to provide a list of 1 million simple things to do with kids...

My Children Turned Me into a Storyteller: How Oral Storytelling Can Benefit Your Children

“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named M and a little boy named S. They were playing with cars when they...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #196-200

We've reached #200 on our count to 1 million simple things to do with kids instead of turning to media, a tablet, or a...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #191-195

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These are simple things we recently did with our...

Physical Books are What Kids Need and Prefer

A recent wildly successful Kickstarter campaign proposed an application on your phone that provided children’s’ books complete with picture projections and sound effects (basically...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #186-190

From making dinner to spinning 'til you're nauseous, here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your kids. These are...

Parent Like it’s 1899. How Parents of Previous Generations Got a Moment’s Peace

When parents hear about Screen-Free Parenting, a common objection to screen-free or, what most of us do, screen-limiting, is that it would be impossible...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #181-185

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These are simple things we recently did with our...

How to Be a Quiet Adult: Five Tips to Encourage Child-Directed Play

Recently, my two young screen-free kids (currently 2 and 4-years-old) have been doing something amazing. They play by themselves – sometimes for hours. The curious...

The Problem with Parental Control Applications and the Real Solution

We have all been trained to believe, "there's an app for that". Want a ride? Uber. Want a room? AirBnB. Want to limit your child's...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #176-180

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids...

Screen-Free Dad Discusses Parenting and the One Thing Every Child Should Have Instead of...

At Screen-Free Parenting, we love parents that are dedicated to being great parents. If you follow our site, congratulations, you automatically are a member...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #171-175

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids...

The Sad Truth About Surprise Egg Opening Videos

Kids are obsessed with surprise egg opening videos on YouTube with great search-engine optimized names like “NEW Huge 101 Surprise Egg Opening Kinder Surprise...

A Good Thing Gone Wrong: A Problem with Educational Media  

  Imagine a show which depicts children are fighting over a toy. An adult steps in and the importance of sharing is discussed. The children...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #166-170

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids...

I Sold My Dream Car to Dad Better

In life there are jobs and there are hobbies. Parenting is without question, a job. Don’t get me wrong, it is the most rewarding...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #161-165

Once again, here are this week’s super easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did...

Screen-Free Alternative: Self-Directed Learning with an At-Home Montessori-Inspired Shelf

Screen-time has become synonymous with “me-time” for parents. However, screens are not necessary to get your “me-time” and may result in less “me-time” in...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #156-160

Once again, here are this week’s super easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did...

The Slowest Way From Point A to Nowhere: Six Types of Child-Directed Walks

Walk it off! "Walk it off" is a saying we have all been told at some point in our life.  Becoming a parent gave me...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #151-155

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids and...

It Can Wait: A Dad’s Perspective on Screen-Time

In my bio for this website, I explain that I am somewhat of a recovering screen-aholic. I loved television growing up, had one in...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #146-150

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids and...

25 Conversations to Have with Kids about Screens

How do you raise tech-wise kids in a screen-saturated world? I can promise you that the answer is not found in a fancy application,...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #141-145

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids and...

Staying Fit With Little Kids: Save Money, Train With Them and Train For Them...

Screen-Free Mom and I often have similar viewpoints on parenting, finances and major life choices. We are thankful for this, but are often surprised...

Staying Fit with Little Kids: Why You Don’t Need a Gym or Gym Day...

Screen-Free Dad and I often have similar viewpoints on parenting, finances and major life choices. We are thankful for this, but are often surprised...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #136-140

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. These simple ideas are things we recently did with our kids and...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #131-135

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

Take the Challenge: Screen-Free For the Holidays

Do screens bring you together? Cable companies will try to sell you on that ideal. I almost don’t want you to watch this advertisement...

How to Introduce Screens as an Educational Tool

Your phone and your iPad are evil time-sucking entertainment devices. However, they also open up a world of knowledge, creativity and interpersonal connection. The...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #126-130

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

Managing Screens with Grandparents: Screen-Free Parenting Q&A

Welcome to the first in a new series: Screen-Free Parenting Q&A. I aim to provide some helpful advice and research-backed information for parents with...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #121-125

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

What Happens When Parents Limit Screens?

We have written plenty on what happens when parents do not limit screens sufficiently. Avoiding sleep problems, rigid gender stereotypes and consumerism may be...

A Month of Personal Acts of Kindness for Young Kids

We celebrate the holiday season with daily personal acts of kindness that our children perform together. They pick a “kindness” out of their holiday...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #116-120

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

Wrapping Up Reading – A Holiday Tradition

Books are incredible in the hands of young children. Books have the power to open a child’s imagination. They have the power to increase...

The Problem with the Smartphone Contract

Children are now receiving their first smartphone at age 10. Just to put that into perspective, that’s three years before children are even legally...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #111-115

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

Screen-Free Parenting’s Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Types of Gifts That Win

One of the incredible benefits of being screen-free or screen-limited is reducing the amount of commercials, product-placements and cross-marketing tools to which your child...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #106-110

Here are this week’s easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

Walking the Walk: Modeling Good Screen Use 

I find parenting to be a great motivator for personal reflection and behavior change. By far the best way to raise a child who...

Screen-Free Inspiration for Sick and Tired Kids

About a month ago my 1-year-old began getting very fussy about eating and our 4-year-old daughter presented us with a series of “bug bites”...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #101-105

Here are this week's easy screen-free activities for you to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep you thinking. We...

Nurturing Your Child’s Capacity for Self-Directed Play

Self-directed play in babies and young children may not look like play at all. But when a child is happily engaged in something independently,...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #96-100

Each week we aim to give you endless options for interesting and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas...

Is Tech What Kids Really Want? One Teacher’s Social Experiment

From Dr. Screen-Free Mom and Dad: If given the choice, will young kids choose engaging yet solitary educational computer games or highly-social old-school board...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #91–95

We aim to give you endless options for interesting and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep...

The Learning Opportunity that is Trick-or-Treating

It’s a favorite of children and adults alike. Candy and costumes make for a wonderfully simple and absolutely adorable holiday. While Thanksgiving and the...

The AAP Releases New Screen Policy; Everyone Uses it to Argue Their Original Beliefs

In what has become the norm for American news reporting, each outlet had a different take on the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #86-90

We aim to give you endless options for interesting and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week’s simple ideas to keep...

Educational Media for Young Children: The Big Lie Worth Big Bucks

There is little regulation of what is deemed and advertised as “educational” for babies and young children. It is largely up to the developer...

9 Unexpected Bonuses of Parenting Screen-Free  

We have written about the research on why delaying screen-time introduction is a good idea. We have talked about why we think screen-free parenting...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #81-85

We aim to give you endless options for interesting and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. Below are this week's simple ideas to keep...

Introducing the Screen-Free Community

If you are delaying (or limiting) your child’s introduction to screen-time, good for you. Science is on your side and there is no negative...

Book Review: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD with Teresa H. Barker provides a good primer...

Connecting with Your Kids: Parenting Has (Not) Changed

“The only things certain in family life are eating and arguing- sometimes at the same time.” – Catherine Steiner-Adair, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #76-80

In our quest to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids, we present this week’s...

Are Screens Heroin? Are Screens Addicting?

A recent piece in the New York Post suggested screens may be akin to heroin. The answer to whether screens are heroin or if...

45 Simple Screen-Free Activities for Babies To Encourage Their Natural Development

Each family must choose how to manage screens in their lives. There are a lot of good reasons to delay the introduction to screens...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #71-75

In our quest to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids, we present this week's...

Podcast: Is Screen-Free Parenting easier? Does it even Matter?

"Is Screen-Free Parenting easier? Does it even Matter?" That’s the title Shawn Fink of The Abundant Mama Project gave our podcast episode. We happen to...

A Toy Library: Keeping Toys Interesting while Reducing Clutter

Some mental health experts suggest that by simplifying your child’s environment, you can reduce behavioral and emotional problems caused by overstimulation. A movement towards...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #66-70

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. We will add five unique...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #61-65

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. We will add five unique...

Habit Matters Too

The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. ~Eng's Principle Every single day, as soon as my daughter get's halfway through...

The Present Moment: Five Ways Mindfulness Can Help You on Your Parenting Journey

“Young children live in the present moment, oblivious to the past, unconcerned about the future. They see objects, people and events with fresh eyes,...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #56-60

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. We will add five unique...
5 ways to counteract gender bias in media

Sensitive Boys and Strong Girls: 5 Tips for Counteracting Media Gender Stereotypes

“All television is educational; the question is: What is it teaching?” – Nicholas Johnson, former Federal Communications Commissioner1 Current estimates suggest that before they are...
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What “Stranger Things” Can Teach Us About Parenting

Even the Screen-Free Parents are not immune to the craze that is Netflix’s original series Stranger Things. We may advocate delaying screen-time for young...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #51-55

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article contains activities #46-50 on...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Young Kids #46-50

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article contains activities #46-50 on...

Why You Should Make Your Smart Phone Dumb

I don’t just dislike smartphones in the hands of young kids. I also don’t like my own smart phone. I find it distracting. I...
using Parent-child interaction therapy

How to Bond and Help Your Child Through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parents Can (and Should) Utilize Principles of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in Everyday Life There are a variety of play therapies utilized in counseling with the...
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1 Million Screen-Free Activities #41-45

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article contains activities #41-45...

How to Take a Shower When You Have Small Children

Limiting screens in your home (or being totally screen-free) may require a little bit of pre-planning. There are two “crunch times” that I often...
learn to read as an alternative to screens

1 Million Screen-Free Activities for Kids #36 through #40

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article contains activities #36-40...
why skype is ok for your yound kids

Skype Away! Children Can Learn and Connect Through Video Chatting

Criticisms of strict media guidelines often bring up exceptions to the rule: “You’re telling me I can’t Skype with her grandmother?!” But, common sense...

Help Your Kids Help You: The Research on Chores in Childhood

Making meaningful contributions and having a purpose in life have an impact on well-being for children and adults. One way that children can feel...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities for Kids #31 through #35

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article activities 31-35 in...

Great Inspiration for Screen-Free Activities with Little Ones

Long before I started a blog, I read blogs. One of the blogs that kept my brain filled with fun, simple activities to do...

Books vs. Screens: 6 Reasons Books Win Every time

One reason we choose to delay screen-time in our house is that there are so many other activities that our children can engage in...

1 Million Screen-Free Activities for Kids #26 through #30

To View Activities 1-30 view the original 1 Million Screen-Free Activities post. We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy...
outdoor screen-free activities - gardening with young kids

5 Things I Learned By Giving My Kids Their Very Own Vegetable Garden

I love being outside with my kids and I find it is one of the easiest ways for us to connect and relax together....
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How To Raise Your Child To Think Like A Boss

In my opinion, entrepreneurship is having its moment. A variety of factors have come together to make it easier and better to be your...
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The Screen-Free Parents’ First Podcast Interview

We had the pleasure recently of being interviewed by Andrea Farby, who runs the blog www.it-takes-time.com and hosts The Connecting Place podcast. In the podcast (play below) we discuss why we decided...
New American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Media Violence and Children- 5 Things Parents Need to Know

New American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Media Violence and Children: 5 Things Parents...

The American Academy of Pediatrics is well known for their statements on protecting children from the negative effects of screens. They are most often...
9 unique ways to have fun on a trampoline

9 Unique Ways to Have Fun on a Trampoline This Summer

  This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are our own. I had a trampoline as a child and we spent our days...

How Screen-Free Parenting fits with Minimalist Parenting

Stated very simply, minimalism is the idea that we can do more with less; that we are better off by reducing the amount we...
THEORIES ON WHY WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH FREE TIME

The Time Suck

“We say that we have no time. But we have lots of time, or every study wouldn’t show that we watch three or four...

Read More from Screen-Free Mom on HeySigmund.com

One of my favorite things about the internet is blogging, not only running my own, but also reading what else is out there. There are...
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1 Million Screen-Free Activities for Kids

We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article is a never-ending work-in-progress. We...
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If Your Kid Has a Gratitude Problem, You Might be Causing it

We all want our kids to be appreciative of what they have and what we do for them. Most kids struggle with this at...
Four Tips for Raising Media Smart Kids

Four Tips for Raising Media Smart Kids

Media smart kids are what we all want. I define this as kids (and eventually adults) who know how to access and use media...

10 Fun Water Play Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s summer-time and it’s hot! Since we believe you should get your kids outside every day, this post is all about beating the heat...
snack center for kids encouraging independance

How We Do Snacks: Increase Independence and Healthy Eating with a Snack Center Solution

We discuss Independent play (or work) as one of the daily essential activities for kids in our S.P.O.I.L. System for optimizing your child's daily activities article....
mommy judgement is here to stay

Mommy Judgment is a Fact of Evolution (And it’s Not Going Anywhere)

Preface: Our Culture and Extreme Cases This article is about everyday mom judgment. It’s about the click-bait articles that are posted to get everyone...

Frugal Fun at Amusement Parks: 5 Tips for a Great Day

  As we’ve discussed previously, we value experiences over stuff. Because we are outdoor, active people with two little energetic kids, we visit our fair...
screen-time should not a reward for kids

Screen-Time Should NOT be a Reward

Parents, educators, psychologists and the like are all trying to figure out how to manage screen-time and children. We are raising a generation with...

The Screen-Free Road Trip Secret Weapon: Surprise Snack Bags

This is the last in our series of Screen-Free Road Trippin' posts. The previous posts were: Screen-Free Road Tripping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping...

Netflix Releases New Binge Data: If Adults Cannot Control Themselves, How Can Children?

This week Netflix released their new “Binge Scale.” While it is focused on adults, their children’s programs are equally binge-worthy.  Have you ever been too enthralled in...
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The Internet Is Changing Your Brain: Part Two

This is a two-part article on the research regarding how internet use can affect us. There is so much good information that I have...
internet effects on the brain

The Internet Is Changing Your Brain: Part One

This is a two-part article on the research regarding how internet use can affect us. There is so much good information that I have...
family games to play in the car to enjoy a screen-free road trip

Screen-Free Road Trips: Family Car Games

The Screen-Free family has an upcoming 8 hour road trip and we are excited. This is the third post in a series of 3 articles about...
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Screen-Free Road Trips: Entertainment at Kids’ Fingertips (Sans Swiping)

Welcome to part 2 of our screen-free road trip series! To see the first post with all our most helpful tips and tricks, click...
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Screen-Free Road Tripping: The Ultimate Guide for Keeping Kids Happy in the Car

This is the first in a series of 3 posts about road trips without screens. See Part 2: Screen-Free Road Trips: Entertainment at Kids’ Fingertips...
screenagers the movie

Screen-Free Parenting Presents “Screenagers” – October. 4, 2016

Screen-Free Parenting will be hosting it’s first community event in Fall 2016. The documentary, Screenagers, has received a great deal of national attention and acclaim, including...
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Screen-Free Activities: Relationships > Experiences > Stuff

Screens are a door to consumer world. We are a rather frugal family so that's a door I would rather keep shut. We drive...
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6 More Busy Bags to Keep Toddlers Entertained While You Get Stuff Done

One of my first posts to this website included "busy bags," a little thing I use to help keep my kids engaged and learning...

How to Make A Tracing Light Box

This tracing light box is super simple to make: All you need is a nice container and Christmas lights!  My sister, who is an...
more busy bags for screen-free fun

6 More Screen-Free Busy Bags to Keep Preschoolers Entertained While You Get Stuff Done

My original busy bag post can be seen here. People seemed to really like it and my kids continue to love their busy bags....
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Inspire Outdoor (Screen-Free) Play with an Organized Garage

One of my many mottos is: make everything more interesting than screens.  Here is how I make my garage more interesting than an ipad....
screen-free week reflection

A Reflection on My Not-So Screen-Free Week

I hope you all survived Screen-Free Week.  As you could have guessed, for our children, it was business as usual. However, I must say...

Stop Wasting My Tax Dollars on Screens: A Letter to Public Schools (and What...

There has been an ongoing trend towards integrating more technology in grade-school classrooms and at younger and younger ages. This often involves assigning each student a tablet or...
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A Yard Sale Score: The Only Screen Worth Looking At

Spring is a great season.  New growth, new life, warmer temperatures, and in the Northeast part of the United States: the suburbs go yard...
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Kids and Screens: 9 Reasonable Screen Rule Alternatives to Being Totally Screen-Free

I recently had a friend tell me they were scared to share that their grandchild watches one twenty minute cartoon per day.  No! That...
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5 No-Prep Super Simple Screen-Free Activities for Young Kids

I am tired. My young children are climbing the walls and driving me a little nuts.  This is a time when a normal mom...
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Weaning a Screen Habit: Four Times to Eliminate Screens from Your Child’s Life for...

Child development experts suggest “screen-free zones.”  If you are not ready to convert your kids to a fully screen-free lifestyle, these are the four screen-free...
8 unique outdoor activities

What Happened When We Took an Extra Dose of Vitamin N: 8 Unique Outdoor...

We spend a lot of time outdoors with our kids: usually 2+ hours per day, regardless of the weather.  We go on daily child-led...

The Ultimate Guide to Screen-Free Week Infographic Boils Down Everything You Need to Know...

Screen-Free Week is May 1st – May 7th.  We want all of you to participate! To help motivate you, we created an infographic that...
TAKE ME TO THE PARK BAG FOR KIDS everything you need to park like a boss

Inspire Outdoor Play with a “Take Me to the Park” Bag: Everything you Need...

Full disclosure: We walk to the park every day.  We are fortunate to have a park about ½ mile from our house.  What do...
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Am I in the Right Place? You Can Love Your Smartphone and Still Like...

You somehow found yourself at the Screen-Free Parenting website.  How? You love your smartphone and your preschooler knows the theme songs to all the...

Let Your Kids Get Dirty with a DIY Dirt Box: How to Build a...

Happy Earth Day Screen-Freers! We recently made a great, simple DIY dirt bin to keep our kids busy in the backyard.  Okay, let’s be honest. Our...
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7 Surprising Tips to Promote Positive Sibling Relationships

It turns out that having a sibling may be good for lessening screen time. Research has shown that children with a sibling are at less...
A SCREEN-FREE WAITING PLACE BAG FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES

A Waiting Place Bag: A Simple Screen-Free Alternative for Bonding with Kids While Waiting

“The Waiting Place… for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or...
The SPOIL system

Have You Spoiled Your Child Today? Meet: S.P.O.I.L., a Screen-Free Psychologically-Based System for Prioritizing...

Our take on screen-free activities is based on developmental psychology and overall good mental and physical health. Our research has led us to develop...
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Limiting Screen Time with the kSafe Time Lock Container

Some people use this device for locking up food they want to keep themselves from eating and I do not support this use.  Screen-Free...
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Stop Tantrums, Soothe Nightmares, and Promote Mindfulness with One Simple Screen-Free Tool: A Calming...

We have a tool to help you calm your child, and it’s not a screen.  Parents are using screens to calm their child down...
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4 Simple Ways To Assess Your Kid’s Favorite Shows, if You Refuse to be...

We recommend you delay your young child's introduction to screens as long as possible. When you are ready, there are some key (research-based) ways...
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9 Must Have Screen-Free Outdoor Toys to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning

Because screens are often used when a parent needs a small child engaged in something independently, there is a common misconception that if you...
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Your Kids Are Boring Because You Never Let Them Be Bored

It seems like boredom is on its way out.  And, that’s a bad thing.  Screens are stealing boredom from your child at an alarming...

Screen-Free Parenting Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

If Steve Jobs, Wolverine, and Princess Anna said your kid should be screen-free, would you listen? Okay, they basically did.  Many parents justify screen-time with...
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Using a Reading Nook to Encourage Independent Reading in Young Children: A Great Alternative...

  When discussing alternatives to screens, reading books is often the first suggestion.  While reading is a fantastic alternative, parents often bemoan that their kids...
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Why the Screens of Today are Not the TV You Grew Up With

“I watched TV growing up and I’m fine, so I don’t see the big deal.”  First, let me start by saying, how fine are...

Prisoners Have it Better Than Your Kid: Why Getting Outside is So Good For...

There are loads of physical health benefits to spending some quality time outdoors every day.  Regardless of the weather, time outdoors promotes Vitamin D...
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Screen-Free Dinner Preparation: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? Salt Letter Writing

Our preschooler is getting quite good at writing her letters, but she still enjoys this activity.  In this bin, I keep a few things: salt...
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Screen-Free Dinner Preparation: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? A DIY Tracing Light Box

This tracing light box is super simple to make: All you need is a nice container and Christmas lights!  My sister, who is an...
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Screen-Free Dinner Preparation: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? A Seek-and-Find Rice Bin

Rainbow rice is incredibly easy to make, so pretty, and super fun for the kids.  It is great for sensorial exploration and learning practical...
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Screen-Free Dinner Preparation: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? The Bead Job

The bead job has grown based on our preschooler's interest and is a favorite in our house.  In here, I keep a variety of small plastic...
Puff Ball Sensory Bin web

Screen-Free Dinner Prep: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? A Puff Ball Sensory Bin

I love sensory bins because they are such an open-ended, creative activity for children.  They also help with practical life skills, like pouring and...
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Screen-Free Dinner Preparation: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? Busy Bags

Busy Bags are simple toys that are designed to be played with independently by your little one.  They are often educational or Montessori-inspired.  These...
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Screen-Free Dinner Preparation: What’s Under My Kitchen Sink? A Self-Correcting Lid Bin

This bin could have been called – the “I forgot to take out my recycling” bin, but one of the really excellent things about...
Screen-Free Mom and Dad

What is Screen-Free Parenting?

Screen Free Parenting is a counter-culture blog designed to support you wherever you are on the screen spectrum. Screen-free, screen-limiters or screen-embracers all deserve...

Screen-Free Parenting Pointless and Impossible

Screenfreeparenting.com is a recent start-up aimed at parenting young children screen-free, while converting others to do the same and providing a place for screen-free...
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12 Screen-Free Activities to Use in the Kitchen

Dinner preparation is becoming synonymous with screen time.  My anecdotal experience is that this is one of the most common times when caregivers feel...
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5 Reasons To Throw that Tablet Out the Window: Why Screen Time is So...

I have an amazing baby product for you.  By the time I get done telling you about it, people are going to be lining...

Screen Time Recommendations For Kids By Age. Screen-Free Parenting’s Personal Screen Use Guidelines

We think screen-free parenting is the way to go!  This article will outline what we do with our own kids and what we plan to...
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How Much Daily Screen Time Do Kids Typically Have Anyway? The Elusive Question.

First of all, every reasonably credible study on how much screen time kids have is outdated.  They are actually outdated before the study is...
Screen-Free Parenting Activities for kids

Screen-Free Activities Come in All Shapes and Sizes… Bounce house in my basement?...

There used to be this permanent kids bounce house business in our town that operated out of a defunct nightclub. You could pay $6...

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