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  • Minda Zetlin for INC.

Want an Emotionally Healthy Kid? Stop doing this one thing. NOW.

"When you spend time with your children, eating, playing, helping with homework, completing household chores, or just having a conversation--do you ever stop and look at your smartphone? If you do, you might want to stop.

That finding comes from a recent study of 170 two-parent households, where both parents filled out surveys about their daily interactions with their kids. Researchers found a connection between parents who stopped to interact with devices such as phones, tablets, or laptops during time with their children and those children's behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, whining, and tantrums.

Disturbingly, they found that "technoference" had a negative effect, even if parents only occasionally pulled out their devices, for instance to respond to a text or listen to a voice-mail message."

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