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Final Word: Drop the iPad and parenting is easy

Too many studies? Perhaps.

Too many studies about the proper way to parent? Definitely.

An article in Philly Magazine this week asserts that American parents read too many studies about parenting, and thus do their kids more harm than good.

If you've had children, you've probably bought the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" books series. But, if you're like most parents, you might have had the best intentions to read the whole thing and then fell behind.

Instead, you read the daily news and see an average of five articles a day about the new "best practices." So, trying to do the right thing, you change tactics.

You let the baby "cry it out" instead of going in to check every time they need you.

You use formula instead of breastfeeding.

You hold off on immunizations, fearing autism.

But the real damage we do, according to this study, is the lack of physical and eye-to-eye contact. The study finds that moms check their Facebook status more than any other group of people.

That baby in the stroller? He needs to see mom's face. That's how he learns to process emotion. If you're looking at a screen, what is your child seeing?

And who hasn't seen the mom at the park on their cell phone. The kid is trying to get their attention to show them the cartwheel or the sand castle. Mom is too busy texting to look up.

We are raising a nation of screen-hungry kids who aren't sure how they feel about things. It's no wonder.

There's a new parenting study out. I wrote it.

It's pretty simple: Put down your device and pick up your kids.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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