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This blog rounds up my posts from around the web, including for the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal and Medium.

Wanted: A quantified child app for helping special needs kids

When you've got a special needs kid, you're often trying successive strategies or interventions to help your kid develop new emotional, cognitive or behavioral skills. But if you're also on the roller coaster of living with a challenging kid, it can be really hard to...

Data is the Next Big Thing in Content Marketing

This post for The Harvard Business Review launched my widely-shared series on how marketing teams can use data to drive their content — not just behind the scenes, but as the meat of their reports and articles.

How to lock your kids out of every device

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on hacktivism: politically-motivated computer hacking. Interviewing fifty politically engaged computer hackers turned out to be great preparation for running a business that built nonprofit online communities, because I really know how to speak...

How to balance evening work with family life: the 2×2

Blame it on after-hours email, but it seems like the extended workday is here to stay. If your household is anything like ours, you often have work to do in the evening...and if you're a parent, that means that work often intrudes on family time. To help with the...

The Five Competencies of Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning focuses on five key competencies. These are framed slightly differently by different organizations, so I have created a table that incorporates the (verbatim) descriptions found on several different sites. Dalai Lama Center: Heart-Mind...

How to end screen time without tears

Turning off the phone, TV or videogame is hard. Here’s how to make that transition easier for you and your child — and to build your child’s core skills in the process.

What kind of digital parent are you?

My recent piece for The Atlantic, Parents: Reject Technology Shame, tackles the question of how to raise kids in a digital world. Data from more than 10,000 North American parents shows that they are deeply divided on this question, and that there are three distinct...

The best data storytellers aren’t always the numbers people

This post originally appeared in The Harvard Business Review. Taking a cue from the rise of data journalism, brands that rely on content marketing are starting to use data to tell stories about their brands, customers and products. What makes this kind of “data...

Why parents shouldn’t feel technology shame

I’ve spent the past two years conducting a series of surveys on how families manage technology, gathering data from more than 10,000 North American parents. And it turns out that the most successful strategy, far from exiling technology, actually embraces it.

Why you should hand your kid that iPhone

I see you looking at me from the other side of the coffee shop?—?yes, you: the hemp-swaddled mom with the slightly sticky child who is playing with that organic wooden toy. You probably hope that toy will teach her hand-eye coordination or bring him into harmony with...

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