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Kids & Video Games: 3 Ideas To Help You Feel Better About Your Kids and Screens

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Last night, I did a webinar with Amy Lang of MamaCon and Birds+Bees+Kids. It was all about screen time for kids. One reason we wanted to tackle this topic is that we think a lot of parents are confused about screen time for kids and sometimes (or often) feel guilty about letting their kids spend too much time in front of screens. Here’s what we talked about in the webinar. I’ve included a bunch of links to help you learn more about this important topic—and feel more empowered and way less guilty. Read More

Parenting Styles: 9 Tips for Dealing With Parents Who Judge You for Letting Your Kids Play Video Games

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Let’s face it: parenting styles differ, and one place they collide is around the question of whether you let your kids play video games. If you do let your kids play video games, you’ve probably experienced a raised eyebrow, a blank stare, whispering behind your back, or even a blunt comment: “We never let our kids near those things.”

As if video games were sheer cliffs or ticking time bombs.

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved and My Depression

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I suffer from chronic depression. There, I said it. It’s not something I’ve shared publicly before, though most of my close friends and family know. I’ve been depressed for so many years that I started to believe it’s just part of my personality. I’m still struggling with finding the treatment that will work for me, but I’m hopeful that will happen soon. Admitting you have depression is a scary thing to do. Mental illness is still vastly misunderstood, and some people can be unbelievably cruel to those who suffer from it. That’s why I’ve kept it hidden from public view for so long. However, one thing I haven’t hidden is how much I love video games. Last year saw the release of Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, and I believe it’s one of the most innovative games released in the past few years. But my love for this game goes beyond the fact that it’s innovative and fun. I love it because on days when I play it I feel noticeably better in terms of my depression. Read More

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APA Says Video Games Are Beneficial

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Did you know that earlier this year the world’s largest organization of psychologists recognized video games can be good for you? In January 2014, the American Psychological Association (APA) published a paper outlining the benefits of playing video games. This paper, called “The Benefits of Video Games,” and authored by Granic, Lobel, and Engles, is part of a growing body of scientific literature investigating the benefits of gaming. This paper is exciting and validating for gamers, friends and families of gamers, and those conducting video game research. Since papers like this can be difficult for non-professionals to digest, I decided to explain the findings using terms and examples anyone can understand. Read More