Recorded Workshop

EMORY Exclusive: Sugar, Screens, and Routines: Find the Right Balance for Your Family

September 26, 2023 12:00 pm EDT/EST

This workshop was hosted live on the date noted above, you can view the recording and download the handouts below.

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About This Workshop

It’s easy to catch a break by handing your phone to your child or extending screen time so you can get things done. Maybe you just agree to another treat so they will give you some peace. These small habits, however, can become patterns that lead to more problems. 

Daily schedules are busy and parents are coping with more and more demands. A recent report tells us that 66% of working parents are experiencing “parental burnout.” Sadly this is happening at the same time as a mental health crisis among our children and teens. Shortcuts like more screen time and sugar might be considered “parenting hacks.” And they work in the moment. However, in the long run, they often result in less cooperation, calm, and even happiness in your family. Sugar and screens are associated with pleasure. We, adults, use these solutions to get through the day as well. What’s the problem? We are learning that the biology of pleasure is actually in contrast to the biology of happiness. We do a lot of things that make us feel good in the moment but don’t lead to happiness or a sense of well-being. Kids look to us to help them know how to feel about the world. Are we passing on quick hits of pleasure habits that lead to happiness? Let’s talk.

  • Click the button above to watch the recording of this workshop previously hosted.  Come learn proven, effective solutions that quickly produce positive results giving you more clarity and confidence. If you are looking for more support email our Parent Guides at
  • For additional support, check out the Quick Video Solutions Library,  Parenting Principles for Progress not Perfection explore the Video Solutions and Handouts for all the classes including  Dad, Let’s Talk: Give Your Child the Attention They Crave, The Kids are Not Alright: 7 Steps to Make Your Home Their Safe Place 

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the effects of sugar and screens on our brains and behavior
  • Recognize the difference between pleasure and happiness for you and your child
  • Apply strategies to develop more healthy solutions with your family

Meet your Instructors

Ruth Freeman

Mental Health, School Age, Relationships,


Aaron Weintraub

Autism, Anxiety, ADHD,

MS, Curriculum Advisor


  • balance
  • Rules/ Routines
  • screen-time

Age Category

Peace at Home