Screens here, screens there, screens, screens everywhere — in our pockets, on our phones, in our cars, and in our homes.
It’s no wonder National Screen-Free Week was created!
And it’s not just mobile devices, computers, and smartphones — TV screens are everywhere. You see them in the pediatrician’s waiting room, restaurants, convenience stores, banks, and car repair shops. Even movie theater lobbies have TVs running previews of movies!
Preschool age children spend between 2 and 4 1/2 hours using some sort of screen each day. However, according to the “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America” study (published by Common Sense Media’s Program for the Study of Children and Media), 74% of young children’s screen time is television. Although the use of apps and video games is on the rise, for preschool children, TV is still the number one screen of choice. [ more… ]
“Get back in the game, buddy!” calls out a dedicated dad when he sees his 4-year old athlete poking twigs in the ground to make a stick house.
Hmmm. Two kinds of play here. Soccer and imaginary twig towns.
Remember “Just Playing?”
Today’s young children certainly play more soccer and t-ball. They jump on bouncers, flap parachutes and scarves together, and clamber through ballpits in “play places.” Our children master video games created just for them and many maneuver a smart phone better than adults! There are fewer twig towns out there these days.
Do children play the same way today as we did when we were kids? [ more… ]
How to Help Children Deal with the Sandy Hook Tragedy
As the awful news from Sandy Hook surfaced, most adults immediately began asking “How should we help children cope?” It is a terrible irony that as we learned about the murder of children, most of us immediately thought about how to protect our children.
What Is Best for Young Children
At AcornDreams, we focus on supporting young children. Experts agree; children younger than 7 should be told as little as possible about an event like this. They are too young to understand and process the information.
Shield young children from news coverage, avoid detailed discussions in their presence, and answer questions they ask with carefully considered answers. If young children are fearful, acknowledge that it is scary. Remind young children that they are safe right now. [ more… ]
It’s Never Too Early to Show Children the Joys of Giving
The “Gimme” Attitude
Lots of people love to talk about children being spoiled today, being raised with a sense of entitlement. Usually, we’re talking about other people’s spoiled children but not always.
Did Socrates have specific children in mind when he observed: “The children now love luxury…have bad manners, contempt for authority…disrespect to their elders….” ?
During the busy month of December, many caring adults work very hard to create special traditions and choose perfect gifts that will delight children – who will then appreciate and remember warm holiday experiences. You know, we’re making memories! It’s a lot of work.
What Really Makes Children Happy
How frustrating and disappointing when instead of sweet gratitude and general contentedness, children instead look around for ANOTHER present or are cranky or get overstimulated by our memory-making activities. [ more… ]
We’re interested in helping children grow up healthy and strong.
Growing strong kids can be hard these days. The right tools make any job easier. AcornDreams.com offers resources, support, and information for helping children grow up strong, healthy, and ready to flourish.