Recreational and social screen media use is quickly replacing family time. The minds of American children and young adults have been captured by the flickering images of video games and false promises of perpetual friendship promulgated by gaming and social media companies.
Parents seeking change need a new framework for action. Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child does not vilify technology, but it does give parents clear and effective strategies to implement immediately for restoring connection at home and success at school.
AN EASY-TO-FOLLOW GUIDE TO HELP PARENTS AND CHILDREN BREAK FREE OF THE TRANCE OF RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA AND RESTORE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE REAL WORLD IN THEIR LIVES.
“Screen dependence is real and destructive to developing personalities and brains. With wit, grace, and startling science, George and Cynthia bring you the facts you need to know, along with—most importantly—practical solutions for every parent. A must-read!”
—Thom Hartmann, author Walking Your Blues Away: How to Heal the Mind and Create Emotional Well-Being
“If you are a parent, grandparent, or anyone who cares about kids and their ability to become responsible, happy adults at some point, you should care about the valuable information in this book. The authors’ balance real-life case stories, research, and common sense about how to tackle the monster that has crept into every family and relationship—that tantalizing screen—and provide explanations and simple tools that are both encouraging and empowering to move from identification to action. In addition, there is enough information and guidance in this book to help schools work effectively in tandem with the families they serve to help young people (and their parents) find specific ways to connect, grow stronger, and develop the skills necessary to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives.”
—Jackie Booth, PhD, Parent, grandparent, and lifelong educator
“Take heart, parents! It’s not too late. Read this book. As an expert in the ¬field of Internet addiction, I was delighted with this book and found the material fresh and practical. It will help parents as they try to cope with child rearing in the digital age.”
—Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, Founding Member, Chief Clinical Officer, and Education Director for reSTART Life