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Why Is My Compulsive Video Gamer Resistant to School Learning?

Why Is My Compulsive Video Gamer Resistant to School Learning?

I was an overly involved parent with my sons. My second born required more advocacy from me, especially with school, than my first born did. While my eldest son thrived in a school environment, for the most part, my youngest son struggled and was miserable for much of...

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Unplugged: A Change Is As Good As A Rest

Unplugged: A Change Is As Good As A Rest

I recently spent a week in the Caribbean at a resort. I had planned, before leaving on this trip, that I would unplug from the internet and be present in every moment of my vacation. I didn’t post a check in at the airport to let others know where I was going and I...

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Video Gaming Addiction – Help for Parents

Video Gaming Addiction – Help for Parents

Last week Twitter sent me a notification in my online feed that my son had Tweeted something, for the first time in a while, and attached the quote of that tweet. He so rarely engages in social media postings, so I was naturally curious. Without quoting the entire...

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The Hunger for Virtual Connection: What Parents Need to Know

The Hunger for Virtual Connection: What Parents Need to Know

As a parent, are you wondering how your child can spend several hours straight, online with the same group of people, day after day, night after night, playing the same video games, and not wanting for more in their life. Is playing video games for excessive amounts...

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Setting Up Your Adult Child for Success in Addiction Recovery

Setting Up Your Adult Child for Success in Addiction Recovery

My son is now twenty-three years old. He’s been in video gaming addiction recovery now for two years. He hasn’t played a video game in twenty-five months. As his parent, I should feel complete relief. But I don’t. There is always an element of terror in the far...

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Bringing Your Phone to the Table: Is this the New Normal?

Bringing Your Phone to the Table: Is this the New Normal?

Do you bring your phone with you to sit down and enjoy a meal with others? Are you checking emails and scrolling through social media while dining with family or friends? Or do you leave your phone completely out of meal time? As someone who speaks on Video Gaming...

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Are Digital Screens Removing Diversity in Your Child’s Life?

Are Digital Screens Removing Diversity in Your Child’s Life?

I recently had an interesting conversation with a dental hygienist about some of the observations she’d made with young patients in her dental office. These sorts of talks happen often and in various places, once someone learns that I am a speaker and advocate for...

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