Eps 140: Documentary Filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, is on Talking About Screens and Our Kids

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Today’s guest is Delaney Ruston, a documentary filmmaker. She believes in helping kids find balance in our tech filled world. She loves engaging audiences in solution centered discussions. We are discussing her work making the film Screenagers and how to support our kids with finding balance. Join us!

“Just start with one simple change that you want to make and the real growth is when you talk about that with your kids and you show them your journey in trying to make that change.”

“Maybe just pick one thing that you could decide to do that you’re not using tech as you normally would.”

“The key, the most absolute important thing about it is starting with something positive about technology.”

“The brain has a really hard time holding two opposite truths at the same time and it’s particularly hard for kids and teens.”  

“To find sustainable solutions for tech balance and the child and teen brain we’re going to have to work together.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

·        The neuroscience of technology use and over-use


·       The individual child and technology use - micro impacts vs metadata

·       Setting attainable goals for technology use reduction

·       The power of changing just one thing

·       Recognizing the difficulty of cognitive dissonance in conversations about technology

·       Reducing defensiveness in technology conversations

·       Why 30% of families are struggling with daily fights about technology

·       What studies say about parent device use

·       Distracted parenting and interactions with our kids

·       Learning new skills: how this changes as kids grow

·       Self-regulation and parenting involvement in creating limits

·       Setting aside screen free time as a family

·       Technology and sleep - setting boundaries for wellness

·       Guidelines for young kids to set the stage for later technology use

·       Sleep time, Study time and Family time - technology boundaries

·       Digital etiquette ideas

·       When you’ve given up and need to reign things in

·       Taking stock of how we use our time

·       How to bring Screenagers into your community

·       School policies: prevalence of device use in middle and high schools

·       Impact of device use on academics in middle and high schools

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

I think life as a learning adventure is why we are on this planet and any time we can change any situation into a learning mentality it saves the day 100% So, we can only put ourselves in those situations when we have the courage to try something new and to know that when we change our mindset to realize, “Hey, what did I learn from that situation?” That’s where the real joy comes from.     


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Where to find Delaney:

Screenagersmovie.com l Delaneyruston.com


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Eps 82: A Conversation about Parenting in the Age of Smart Phones with Kim Muench

Today’s guest is Kim Muench, a mother of five, parenting writer, a certified parenting coach and lover of parents of adolescents. We are discussing navigating decisions around technology with our kids. Join us!

“Conscious parenting: being mindful and walking the tight rope between giving them autonomy and knowing when to step in and help them see the potential consequences of choices”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Balancing your need for control and desire to protect your kids with providing access to benefits of smart phones

  • Building trust, letting go of our own experiences and not projecting our own mischief (which can lead to friction)

  • Navigating the tightrope: being honest, open and self-aware as you work through technology use with your kids

  • Negotiating smart phone boundaries within your family

  • Scaffolding social media communication – building progressively

  • Adolescent boundary pushing as learning

  • Falling off the tight rope – learning as a practice and getting back up

  • Creating an agreement around technology usage – a collaborative approach subject to revision as needed initiated by either party

  • Limits as helping

  • Why you need open conversation about social media including topics such as safeguards and kindness

  • Technology as distraction and disconnection

  • Reassessing agreements on technology without blame and shame

  • The value of eye contact and being fully present in resolving conflict

  • How to address reigning in technology use under the umbrella of conscious parenting – identifying the source

  • Working collaboratively vs exerting control – what are the outcomes of these approaches?

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Joyful Courage is embracing your authentic self with enthusiasm and being brave enough to share that with the world – it is an every day practice.


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Where to find Kim:

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