All posts by Doug Smith

Your Wife Told Me About Your Video Games

Hey Man … Your wife came up to me before I spoke at a recent convention and told me about your video game addiction. Your wife. Told me. I thought you’d want to know. If I were you, I’d want to know that my strong, beautiful, brilliant wife was hurting. That she felt alone with ...

My Child is Looking at Porn. What Should I Do?

A reader of my new book recently told me that he discovered his son had been looking at porn. This dad asked for my advice. I’ll sharing an edited version of that advice with you below. But first, according to Covenant Eyes, 90% of boys and 60% of girls will have seen porn by the ...

Do you ever say: “But I don’t have time”?

Does this ever come out of your mouth? “I wish I could do [some good thing I should be doing], but I just don’t have time.” If you’re spending more than four hours a week watching something on a screen, I can help you. And since the average person spends around 32 hours a week ...

Will We Surrender Our Free Will to Screens? [Guest Post]

If “the machines” ever do take over, it will be because we have stopped thinking, not because they have started to.

Did you miss Christmas?

On Christmas Eve, my wife and youngest daughter attended an elegant candlelight communion service. Another one of our daughters and her husband were part of the beautiful music ensemble: daughter in the choir, son-in-law co-leading with acoustic guitar. Traditional carols were sung by all, along with short pastoral messages about the meanings of each. At ...

10 Screen-Free Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Child

I know. Your child wants a new phone or tablet or video game for Christmas sooooooo badly. And the sales are irresistible. And all their friends have one, or are getting one, too. How happy they’ll be when they see that shiny new device under the tree! But, oh, how unhappy you’ll all be after ...

Feel Like A Civil War Is Coming? You’re Supposed To.

Do you feel like the world is going crazy? You’re supposed to feel that way. News corporations make gazillions exploiting our fears and making us angry. They make their videos dramatic and attractive so we will keep watching and scrolling and clicking. The “news” about a coming civil war is a tragic example. The media ...

YouTube Kids Isn’t The Babysitter You’re Looking For

Parents: If there was a cute, colorful, friendly robot that would babysit your kids for free, would you use it? What if the robot was programmable by people around the world, so that anyone could teach it new games to play with your kids? What if a company like Google offered this amazing robot, promising ...

Don’t Be Fooled By Facebook Propaganda

Facebook is on the hot seat these days. With claims of being a “living, breathing crime scene,” former leaders who say it is “ripping apart” society, and calls to kill a new product because of its danger to children, all is not well at the world’s most powerful social media empire. In response to recent ...

If You Fall for a Scam, Here’s Why You’ll Do It

Caveat Emptor. Let the buyer beware. Unfortunately, Sam, a young American man on a dream trip to Bangkok, forgot this familiar Latin phrase. While walking towards a planned tour of the famous Grand Palace, a short, thin, local man with a toothless grin stopped him, saying the Palace was closed for renovations today. However, Sam’s ...