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Ditch the Device and Disconnect to Connect during August Family Fun Month

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Ditch the Device and Disconnect to Connect
during August Family Fun Month
Visit Tykes & Teens on Facebook and Instagram,
tag us, and share photos and videos of how you
#DitchTheDevice and #DisconnectToConnect
In celebration of August Family Fun Month, Tykes & Teens is encouraging families – yes, that means you too parents! – to Ditch the Device and Disconnect to Connect!
“We look forward to sharing ideas for families to disconnect from their smartphones and devices and connect with each other in meaningful ways in order to strengthen families and build resilient youth,” said Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services Dorothy Oppenheiser.
Throughout the month of August, Tykes & Teens will be sharing videos on Facebook and Instagram showing how our families enjoy quality time with their families. Look for everything from family game night, to story time with our littles, cooking favorite recipes, outdoor activities and more.
How can you participate – and win family fun prizes?
1.   Throughout the month of August, visit Tykes & Teens on Facebook @TykesTeens and Instagram @tykesteens, tag us, and share photos and videos of how you #DitchTheDevice and #DisconnectToConnect. 
2.   Join Tykes & Teens for the following family fun activities that are free and open to the public in August:
  • Martin County Library System ‘Teen Community of Service’
This is a fun and easy way for teens to earn community service hours on your own schedule! This self-paced volunteer program has a monthly theme that teaches important community topics and allows you to create projects that either benefit you and your family, or give back to our community. If you complete everything in the kit, you can earn up to 23 hours per month, but the amount you do is up to you! For more info, contact Teen Specialist, Lacey, at
  • August 13 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Super Saturdays hosted by Kiwanis Club of Stuart at Kiwanis Youth Park. 
Tykes & Teens will be providing free activities and giveaways!
Why Disconnect to Connect?
  • Use of mobile devices can have a negative impact on parent/child interactions and emotional functioning.
  • 32% of children reported feeling "unimportant" when parents use their phones during meals and family times.
  • Children can feel sad, mad, angry and lonely when parents use cellphones.
Family Connection Can:
  • Improve academic performance
  • Reduce likelihood of drug/alcohol use and risky behavior
  • Improve social skills
  • Encourage resilience
  • Increase self-confidence
Ways families can connect, engage and thrive:
  • Enjoy family activities together
  • Play a game
  • Enjoy the outdoors - fly a kite, build sandcastles, splash in the water, go for a nature hike or bike ride
  • Visit one of our community's many farmer's markets & cook a meal together
  • Share a family hug together
Research shows that when families eat together, youth are:
  • 52% more likely to choose not to use illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • 60% more likely to engage well in school
  • 27% more likely to say they have an excellent relationship with parents
Get the Conversation Going – dinnertime questions to get the whole family talking!
  • What is your favorite family tradition?
  • What are your three least favorite things to do?
  • When are your most frightened? What makes you feel better?
  • Name your ancestors. Where were they from? What would you ask them?
  • What is your favorite song? Sing it!
  • What foods or smells remind you of when you were younger?
  • If you could do any job in the world for one day, what would you choose and why?
  • Define courage. Who is the most courageous person you know?
  • What do you say or do when someone compliments you?
  • What is your favorite household chore? Least favorite?
  • If your family only made handmade gifts for the holidays, what would you make and why?
  • What makes you feel most welcome when you get home?
  • If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
  • What are some things that make you feel stressed or anxious at school, home or work?
  • What is the first thing that you recall from your childhood?
  • If your house caught on fire, how would you escape? Where would you meet outside?
  • What was dinnertime like when you were growing up?
  • If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be and why?
  • Who is or was your favorite teacher and why?
  • If you were to be granted one wish, what would it be?
  • In what ways are you generous? Could you be more generous?
  • What kinds of things hurt your feelings?
  • How can you tell if someone is paying attention to you?
For more information on Tykes & Teens’ children’s mental health programs and services, visit or call 772-220-3439.
To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit or donate now.
About Tykes & Teens
Tykes & Teens has been a leading mental health provider for children and adolescent evidence-based programs and services for over 25 years. Our mission is prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through a wide range of prevention, education, and treatment programs and services. Our passion and commitment are to empowering children and strengthening families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status. We also advocate for increased awareness of mental health to remove the stigma often associated with seeking mental health treatment. We offer services from more than 50 locations throughout the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County, including outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound and Port St. Lucie, on-site services in all Martin County schools, and in schools in Okeechobee and Indian River counties, as well as collaboration with numerous community partners, in addition to virtual telehealth services. We accept most insurance, private payments, and we are a Medicaid-approved provider. We have successfully administered a sliding fee scale for those in need when necessary for more than 20 years. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, we also provide $750,000 in unreimbursed services to the communities we serve each year. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
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