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I Put the Apps Back on My iPhone


A few months ago, I wrote a post about deleting all of the apps from my iPhone in an effort to be more present with my children. I'm sure none of you will be surprised to learn that those apps are back.

Here's what happened. In the first few days after I removed the apps, I became intensely aware of all of the ways in which I had been using my phone. I was...
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Mindful Parenting: Is There An App For That?


My husband and I are both fairly heavy technology users (something I am actively struggling with, as you all know). We have smartphones, tablets, and computers, and we love thinking about and discussing the ways in which technology can make our lives better, and worse. Josh is aware of my interest in mindfulness, and he has asked me on more than one occasion what I would put into a mindful parenting app.

The truth is, I...
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Why I Deleted the Apps on My iPhone


My name is Carla. I am the mother of two young daughters, and I am addicted to my iPhone.

I am also a clinical social worker, which means I don’t use the word “addicted” lightly. There are many different ways to understand and define addiction, but the one that has always made the most sense to me focuses on the extent to which the possible addiction interferes with an individual’s ability to function in...
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Technology and Mindful Parenting: Finding the Balance


I recently came across an article on The Huffington Post titled “5 Ways Technology Makes You Miss Your Kids’ Childhood.” The author, Nicole Fabian-Weber, contends that we parents spend so much time trying to capture every last moment or making ourselves accessible to everyone other than our kids that we totally miss the important moments with our children. I agreed with much of the post, but I thought it overlooked the...
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