The Monica Swanson Podcast

March 15, 2023

Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, with Arlene Pellicane Help and Hope for Parents Today

If you are like 100% of the parents I know, your kid’s relationship with screens causes you some amount of stress. This is difficult issue and ever-changing as there are new issues to face all of the time. 

Arlene Pellicane is a great help on this topic. She has done a lot of research and written a number of books to support parents raising kids in this screen-driven world. Two of her books were co-written with Gary Chapman (of the 5-Love Languages!) and in today’s conversation we are touching on some of the helpful topics in those books.

Arlene and I talk about the decision of whether or not to give a child a smart phone, (Arlene has a great solution to that one!) time limits on screens for kids, and how we can set better examples as parents in our own relationship to screens!  I think you’ll find this conversation super practical and encouraging!

Find some of the notes I took for you and links in show notes:


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About The Monica Swanson Podcast

Monica Swanson, author of Boy Mom and Raising Amazing (releasing 2/21/2023), and blogger at, shares encouragement and inspiration for raising amazing kids and building strong families. Monica shares practical advice and biblical wisdom through honest conversations, interviews with experts, and light-hearted humor.

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About Monica Swanson

Monica and her husband Dave raise boys and tropical fruit on the North Shore of Oahu.  Monica has homeschooled their four sons (two who are currently in Southern California, one in college, one a recent college grad!)  Monica is the author of Raising Amazing: Bringing up Kids Who Love God, Like their Family, and Do the Dishes without Being Asked (released this week!) as well as  Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You, and host of the Monica Swanson Podcast. Monica has been blogging for over 12 years and has encouraged over 10 million visitors to her website with articles on parenting and family, healthy living, and (mostly) healthy recipes. The Swanson boys are all surfers, (Luke, who is 19, surfs professionally) which keeps Monica on her knees. Monica loves good coffee, running trails with her husband and dog, Thor, the Word of God, and connecting with women all over the world through the crazy gift of the internet.


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