Why are kids more depressed?

Kids are more depressed, anxious, and possess more antisocial attitudes than they did during The Great Depression.  At least 5 to 6 times more likely than kids during the late 1930’s.  And it has nothing to do with the economy.  For one, kids are more aware and educated about mental health issues but you could possibly guess all the other reasons.  Instant gratification, 24/7 access to social media, technology, reality tv, and celebrity saturation…

Every waking moment

A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation finally proves what many parents have been saying to their kids for years.  Children ages 8-18 are spending virtually every waking moment on electronic devices when they are not in school.  7.5 hours to be exact. Due to their ability to multitask they actually pack 10 hours and 45 minutes of media content into that 7.5 hours.  Compared to 5 years ago kids are spending an hour more per day on electronics such as smart phones, computers, tv, and video games.  And this does not count the 1.5 hours kids spent texting on their phones or the half hour they spent talking on it.  The researchers were shocked because five years ago they believed use could not get any higher and that youths had hit a ceiling.  Wrong!  Forty seven percent of the heaviest media users had grades that were “C” or lower, described themselves as bored and sad, got into trouble, had trouble getting along with their parents, and did not like school.

We apologize for our e-mail problems

For some reason we have been experiencing serious technical issues with our email server as of late.  I am working to resolve the issue with our Internet Service Provider and Domain Hosting Site. If you have not been able to reach us via email or have not received a response from us we are sorry because we more than likely did not get it.  Again, we apologize and will post an update when it has been resolved.  In the meantime you can email me at drkoy@drkoyroberts.com and Catherine at catherine@drkoyroberts.com to reach us until the other email issues are resolved.  Catherine can always be reached directly at 972-313-0505.  Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Happy New Year

Some of us start resolutions on January 1st but you can start a resolution any day of the year. Personally, I am starting mine on January 8th which is my Mom’s birthday.  She died this past September. If you need a few ideas consider some of these.

1)  Turn off the TV
2)  Check your email one time per day or better yet one time per week
3)  Stop surfing the Internet aimlessly (e.g. FaceBook) and instead read 2 good books each month
4)  Volunteer
5)  Play with each of your children individually 20 minutes per day
6)  Listen to your spouse 20 minutes per day  
7)  Practice random acts of kindness at least one time per week
8)  Exercise 30 minutes per day
9)  Pray 
10. Smile