Get Control of Your Family’s Phone Use – With Guest Catherine Pearlman

July 21, 2022 / Mom &… Podcast Episode 80 / Guest: Catherine Pearlman

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Show Summary:

Our guest this week is Dr. Catherine Pearlman, The Family Coach. We are lucky enough to know Catherine in real life, and want all of our listeners to know her, too. We talk about teaching kids – and ourselves – how to manage our phone time, manage our phones, and make the most of our ellipses. Catherine shares tips from her newest book, First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety and Etiquette. From modeling good behavior, to setting boundaries, we cover it all. Also, Catherine went back to school when she had a one year old and a four year old. That fact alone inspires us to go after what we want!

More About Catherine Pearlman:

Dr. Catherine Pearlman is the founder of The Family Coach and a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with children and families for more than 25 years. She holds a PhD in Social Welfare from Yeshiva University and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Catherine is also the author of Ignore It: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction (TarcherPerigee, 2017) and First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety and Etiquette. She is regularly called upon to provide expert opinion for newspaper and magazine articles, speaking engagements, radio and television. Her writing has appeared in CNN, Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Grown & Flown, Your Teen Magazine and on many parenting websites around the world. Catherine lives in California with her sports-writing husband Jeff, their two kids and puppy Poppy.  

Topics From This Episode

  • Returning to school as an adult
  • Digital education for kids
  • Phone etiquette
  • Pandemic impact on screen time
  • Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen
  • How social media companies keep us engaged
  • How to manage social media by educating ourselves and our kids
  • Boundaries around phone usage
  • Being mindful of where our data is and how companies use it
  • Digital consent
  • The story of Catherine’s kidney donation

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Musical Notes

Our delightfully happy intro and outro theme music, “We Will Get Through This” is performed by Young Presidents, and used under license from Shutterstock.

Transcript available upon request.