Parents are hiring coaches to get their kids off electronics

The future of parenting is looking a little scary.

It’s become increasingly obvious that parents have forgotten to be parents. Actual parenting has become as ancient as a Motorola Rzr as parents strap their kids to leaches and stuff bright screens in front of them at the dinner table to keep them quiet, thus enabling the “glow kids” and a generation of screen addiction.

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A recent study found that 50% of teens feel addicted to their mobile device and more than half of their parents agreed and viewed them the same. Other research pegged the blame on grandparents for allowing their grandchildren to spend more than half their time together on electronic devices like phones, tablets, or television.

Either way, there’s a national dilemma going on with screen addiction. It’s been viewed in a similar scope as drug addiction and kids are even experiencing “screen time withdrawal,” which results in outburst fueled by tears and aggression.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of “Glow Kids,” a deep dive into screen addiction and how its affecting kids, told Vice in 2016 that it was easier to treat a heroin addict than a screen addict.

“I’ve worked with hundreds of heroin addicts and crystal meth addicts, and what I can say is that it’s easier to treat a heroin addict than a true screen addict,” said Kardaras.

Families have started to realize the issue and now are getting outside help to ween their kids off the LED. The New York Times reported earlier this month that families are hiring screen-free parenting coaches, who’ve sprung out of nowhere to help raise their children phone-free.

“You can’t be a machine. We’re thinking like machines because we live in this mechanistic milieu,” private coach Gloria DeGaetano told The Times. “You can’t grow children optimally from principles in a mechanistic mind-set.”

There’s even an entire website — Screen-Free Parenting — which is dedicated to helping parents deal with screens including a massive guide to screen-free activities for young kids.