FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Secondhand Screen Time

with | July 31, 2023
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So, do you live in a state of "continuous partial attention"?

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  • So, do you live in a state of "continuous partial attention"?

  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

So, do you live in a state of “continuous partial attention”?

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Secondhand Screen Time

July 31, 2023
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Ron: So, do you live in a state of “continuous partial attention”?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: You know how secondhand smoke is harmful to those around you? Well, parent educator Joshua Straub suggests that being continually distracted by our devices creates a secondhand screen impact on our children. We allow our play, talk, and attention time with our kids to be interrupted—and they suffer for it. The brains of babies might even be wired to expect interruption by this repeated process. So, Dr. Straub suggests that you designate certain times to look at your screen instead of your child, and compartmentalize time where no phones are allowed—yours or theirs.

Look, aren’t your kids worth your full and undivided attention? For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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