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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

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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