avatar Ready Player One – The Magic of Nostalgia Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 30, 2015

This book review is long overdue, but I wanted to give my highest recommendation for Ready Player One by Austin’s own, Ernest Cline. I put this book on the short list of the most enjoyable books that I’ve ever read. I have recommended this book to so many of my friends who all loved it as well. If you  …Read More


avatar The Power of Screen Time Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 24, 2015

The power of screen time cannot be ignored for many reasons. One of the main reasons we are all so drawn to the power of screen time is because there are virtually limitless options in which we can meet our psychological needs. After our physiological needs are met (e.g., air, food, water), psychological needs drive our  …Read More


avatar The School Year Wrap-Up Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Jun 17, 2015

Before the school year becomes a distant, faded memory, it can be helpful to sit down with your son or daughter to do a positive “school year wrap-up.” This exercise prompts self-reflection and helps your child make connections between actions and outcomes. It is good to connect the dots while memories of the school year  …Read More


avatar Put Away Those Cell Phones! Posted by admin
Jun 9, 2015

When we want to reduce our kids’ screen time, one of the best ways is preventative, on the front end. It’s so easy nowadays for kids (and adults) to turn to the screen to find something to do. While this convenience has its benefits, it ultimately keeps us in the “shallows” of living. The deeper, need-satisfying  …Read More


avatar Ways to Reduce Screen Time – Part 1 Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 25, 2015

I previously blogged about some of the dangers of screen time – some of the specific concerns and then what is likely the greatest harm of screen time. As parents, we want to keep our kids’ screen time from getting out of control. When we thinking about ways to reduce screen time, there are a number  …Read More


avatar Combating Test Anxiety Part II Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
May 15, 2015

As I discussed in my last blog, the experience of test anxiety is unfortunately quite common. Although some anxiety before a test is normal and can even help performance (as illustrated by the Yerkes-Dodson curve) when anxiety becomes too high it begins to negatively impact our performance. Last time, I described some strategies for combating  …Read More


avatar The Greatest Harm of Screen Time Posted by admin
May 14, 2015

In my previous blog, I covered some concerns that parents have about kids’ technology use. As parents, we all want our kids to grow up to be successful. By “successful,” we ultimately mean things like happy, healthy, loved, loving, financially independent, with strong social relationships, and so on. While most parents share concerns about the dangers technology  …Read More


avatar Combating Test Anxiety Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Apr 27, 2015

You may know (or remember) the feeling – you have a big exam coming up, you’ve studied for hours, but when you finally sit down to take the test, your mind goes blank. This experience, called test anxiety, is unfortunately quite common. And, with state standardized tests, SAT/ACTs, and end of the year exams fast  …Read More


avatar Concerns about Kids’ Technology Use Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 20, 2015

Technology isn’t good nor bad – it just is. In that way, it is like books. Books aren’t inherently better than computers or other technologies. For instance, Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf….not the most wholesome book! Just as there are countless benefits to technology, there are countless ways that it can be harmful as well. As parents,  …Read More


avatar Be a Positive Influence Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 9, 2015

Another typical day at the Miller residence. Meghan has been critical of her 10-year-old son, Jackson, all morning. He was slow to get ready for school, left his pajamas on the floor, barely caught the bus, left his cereal bowl on the kitchen table, and left his partially completed homework that was due that day  …Read More