Sure, tweens and teens spend hours a day as relative screen zombies, eyes fixed and faces aglow in the radiant light of their pocket screens. On average, parents are spending what amounts to more than a full workday connected to screen-based media, according to a new survey from Common Sense Media. Just like their kids, parents are spending upward of nine hours or more engaging with media. "If you think about it, that's more time than you spend sleeping … or anything you do," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that helps families navigate media and technology. They asked a sample of about 1,800 parents of tweens (ages 8-12) and teens (13-18) from across the country this summer about how they spent their time using media, whether it was using computers or hand-held digital devices, watching television or reading.
Wednesday is Single Parent Appreciation Day. The 12 million single parents in America are no different than you. We have just been dealt a crappy hand in life, regardless of fault. Research professor and bestselling author Brene Brown's statement defines the exact problem in our culture regarding single parents: sympathy only magnifies the difference between them and the rest of society. Sometimes through divorce or abandonment, sometimes by the death of a spouse or an unplanned pregnancy, many of us are living in a condition we did not choose.