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Why We’re Launching a New Podcast on Parenting, Play, and the Digital Age

2019-11-26 by Melissa and Dr. Jenny
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Parents today have the hardest job in the world. From digital distractions to the economic and cultural barriers many families face, finding time for joy and meaning is more challenging than ever. But our new Living Playfully podcast is here to help!


Here’s a sample of what we will be covering . . .

  • The latest research on play and child development
  • Tips to encourage screen-free play
  • Play-based approaches to addressing developmental concerns
  • Easy ideas for enriching playtime
  • Navigating the most challenging parenting concerns
  • The healthiest ways to relieve stress

Check out our pilot episode, where we talk about the best, most meaningful gifts for kids this holiday, how to handle the overstimulation that comes with the season, and concrete ways we can disconnect from our devices and connect to each other.


Check out the pilot episode here!

Pediatrician Dr. Jenny Radesky and I plan to share stories and advice on building essential life skills through play, managing screen time, and finding ways to connect on a deeper level. In each episode, we will tackle your most pressing parenting questions and provide a supportive, personal conversation about life, kids, play, technology, and emotional wellness.

Have a question for Dr. Jenny and me? Send it to podcast@MelissaAndDoug.com.

This web site is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical advice, nor does use of the site establish a physician-patient relationship. The use of this web site does not replace medical consultation with a qualified health or medical professional to meet the health and medical needs of you or others.


Melissa and Dr. Jenny

About Melissa Melissa Bernstein is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Melissa & Doug, the global toy company committed to championing open-ended, healthy play. As a mother of six who had two children in her 20s, two in her 30s, and two in her 40s, Melissa has had a front-row seat to the dramatic changes in the way kids play and experience childhood due to the rise of technology and other societal factors. She is dedicated to speaking out about the crisis our children face and providing solutions to help families find time for child-led play and exploration.

About Dr. Jenny Jenny Radesky, M.D., is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose research focuses on family digital media use, child social-emotional development, and parent-child interaction. She graduated from Harvard Medical School cum laude in 2007. Since 2016, Dr. Jenny has been an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. Her clinical work focuses on autism, traumatic stress, ADHD, and self-regulation. Dr. Jenny’s ultimate goal is to help parents understand the individual ways their child thinks, learns, and feels; to help parents provide the best therapy and play experiences for their children; but to also allow parents to sit back and let their child’s mind take the lead sometimes. She authored the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics digital media guidelines for young children.

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