On the podcast this week, Susan Maushart, a columnist, author and social commentator, discusses her new book, The Winter of our Disconnect. Maushart talks about her experience unplugging herself, and her three teenagers, from most screen-based technologies for 6 months. She discusses how she got her kids to go along with the plan, how she found support in Thoreau’s Walden, what boredom is, and whether she found balance through the experience. Maushart also talks about limits to allowing your children the luxury of choice, commenting on Amy Chua’s Tiger Mother philosophy.
- “The winter of their disconnect – how Susan Maushart and her family lived without technology for six months”, an edited excerpt from Maushart’s book
- “Information flatulence”, Irish Times
- “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”, by Amy Chua