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The Big Disconnect
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Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, author, and speaker. She maintains a private practice in Massachusetts, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate psychologist at McLean Hospital, and speaks worldwide to numerous audiences, including educators, health professionals, PTAs, religious groups, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

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"The Big Disconnect offers terrific parenting advice that transcends technology, tackling issues like self-identity, navigating friendships and sex. Its message is not exclusive to kids, but aimed at every family member: stay connected to people and nature as often as possible."--Associated Press
"A riveting, hugely important book that every parent will want to read. . . . A great book, rooted in massive research, told in vivid, charming, unforgettable narrative, conveying a message of the utmost relevance today."--Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
"An important guide to an occasionally overlooked aspect of modern parenting."--Kirkus Reviews
"Catherine Steiner Adair with great wisdom, and compassion for our confusion, helps lead us out of this technological thicket. . . . A mandatory read for our own sake as well as the sake of our children."--Madeline Levine, PhD, author of Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege
"Do your kids a favor and read this important book."--Christian Science Monitor
"Finally, a book that comprehensively answers the question parents everywhere have been struggling with: How to raise happy, creative, caring kids in the age of screens? The Big Disconnect is not just a smart book, it's a very, very wise one."--William Powers, author of Hamlet's Blackberry
"I absolutely love this book. Dr. Steiner-Adair offers wonderful suggestions for dealing with issues the new tech world has brought upon us--all based on the reassuring premise that the family shapes a child's brain, mind, body and soul in unique human ways that technology can't replace."--Susan Ginsberg EdD, author of Family Wisdom: The 2000 Most Important Things Ever Said about Parenting, Children and Family Life
"In a book that should be required reading for all parents, Steiner-Adair examines the extraordinarily negative impact of the digital revolution on parents and children. . . . [A] highly readable study.'"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In her insightful and compelling new book, Catherine Steiner-Adair reveals how technology and the Internet are fragmenting American families, leaving parents confused and children lonely. Put down your smartphone and read this book!"--Michael Thompson, PhD, co-author of Raising Cain and author of Homesick and Happy
"Ms. Steiner-Adair's book can be eloquent about the need to ration our children's computer time. . . . Her summary of what to say to your kids - it's on Page 191- is so good, so State of the Unionlike, that I took a photo of it with my iPhone."--Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair says tech-and self-absorption disappoints and disregards our children."--USA Today
"This is an unsettling but necessary book, confirming what parents probably already know but do their best not to think about. . . . Steiner-Adair provides helpful suggestions for parents seeking to limit tech time and re-engage with their children."--New York Times Book Review
"This riveting piece of journalism . . . chronicles how new technology has disrupted family life. Parents pacify infants with iPhones, toddlers play violent games and pre-teens are sexting. The book offers no easy answers but gently encourages all of us who lack the discipline to unplug."--Wall Street Journal, Best Nonfiction of 2013
"Those who haven't spent much time 'IRL' with their kids lately will recognize their own households in the pages of The Big Disconnect. . . . [Catherine Steiner-Adair] wants us to reclaim the immemorial rhythms of the hearth and shield our children from the...digital age."--Wall Street Journal

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