If there’s anything that parents can never seem to agree on, it’s screen time, so we decided to figure out why this topic is so polarizing on this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. And, who better to give us some firm, research-based answers than Anya Kamenetz, author of the new book The Art of Screen Time that every parent is going to want to add to their wish list right now. It’s smart, research-based, and totally not alarmist. Trust us, you will want to read this book.

What are the hidden side effects of screen time? What are the benefits, if any, beyond the education buzz word? How do screen time experts manage their kids’ screen time? Let’s just say that if you’ve got kids using screens in some way or another, we bet you’ll appreciate this lively chat.

You can listen right here, right now (do it!), and then be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss an episode.

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Stick With Me Sweets

Anya: Anita’s coconut yogurt (And a link to our Whole 30 posts on Cool Mom Eats. Solidarity, Anya).

Liz: Stick With Me Sweets, the most gorgeous chocolates. Seriously. Best gift ever. (above)

Kristen: A little forced family fun with packing materials and no screens. If you’re getting a bunch of them in the mail, check out what Kristen did for fun with her family.

The Art of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz

Thanks for listening to Spawned, and huge thanks to our special guest Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time, which you can pre-order right now to enjoy after the holidays! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss an episode. It’s easy! And free. We love hearing from you, too. Drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com!

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