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Technology has made our lives easier in so many ways, but it has the unfortunate side effect of making us digitally distracted. This is especially problematic for parents because excessive use of devices can have serious consequences for children.

For parents of babies, screen time limits essential face-to-face interactions. Toddlers may act out in order to gain mom or dad's attention. Older children are able to articulate their frustration and anger with their parents' constant preoccupation.

When we prioritize our email, text, or social media, we send the message that our kids somehow aren't as compelling as our smartphones, tablets, or laptops. You don't have to trash your iPhone to tell your kids they matter, but you do have to be mindful. Here's how.