Live Interactive Workshop

Sugar and Screens: Feel Good Solutions that Lead to More Problems and Less Happiness

March 16, 2023 6:30 pm EDT/EST

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About This Workshop

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 in our children and teens.

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 conflict. These approaches may 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 they seeing more joy or more stress when they look at you? 

  • Join us for this lively, on-site workshop for parents and caregivers with children 3-13 years old at the Mansfield Middle School Library, 205 Spring Hill Road, Storrs.
  • Please register in advance by emailing with your name and the number of adults who will attend.
  • For additional support, check out all the Quick VIdeo Solution Libraries on your Parenting Solutions Portal. Explore the Video Solutions and Handouts for all the classes and email us if you want help finding the just right solutions for your parenting challenge.

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 kids
  • Apply strategies to increase calm, cooperation, and happiness in your family

Meet your Instructors

Ruth Freeman

Mental Health, School Age, Relationships,


Aaron Weintraub

Autism, Anxiety, ADHD,

MS, Curriculum Advisor


  • family
  • happiness
  • screen time

Age Category

  • All, a Parenting Essential
  • PreNatal Infant
  • School Age
  • Teens & Young Adults
  • Toddlers & Preschoolers
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