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The self-paced, online course that will take you from being worried about the negative influence that tech has on your child or teen to feeling confident and in-control because of a healthy online/offline balance.

What Is Taming The Tech Monster?

Taming The Tech Monster is a self-paced online course for parents that puts YOU in control of how technology gets used in your home.

If you’ve ever felt like your child or teen’s use of their smartphone, tablet, or video game console has gotten out of hand – you’re not alone! So many parents today thoughtlessly let tech influence their young people in ways that have a negative impact on their mental health, self-esteem, academics, and futures…BUT NOT YOU!

You’re here because you know you can’t eliminate tech from your child’s life altogether, but you’re also looking for a better balance with tech.

Well my friend, you’ve come to the right place to learn the best strategies to:


  • Create a healthy online/offline balance
  • Put your child on a path where they discover and develop their passions, talents, and interests
  • Feel better about the tech use in your home.

What You’ll Get From This Course

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Feeling sad and helpless watching your child’s self-esteem plummet because they care so much about what social media thinks is popular
Feeling worried that your child spends all their time on tech and not enough time on activities preparing them for their future
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Feeling proud to see your child happily participating in activities that align with their natural talents and interests
Feeling relieved that your child balances tech time with time participating in worthwhile, offline activities that prepare them for a happy and successful future
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By The End of This Course, You’ll Become a Master At:


Recognizing the start of a Behavioral Addiction to Tech – And Nipping It In The Bud

It’s true that we can become addicted to things that bring us pleasure – things like shopping, gambling, and even work! Help your child avoid a behavioral addiction to tech NOW before it becomes much harder to break when they get older.


Safeguarding your family against “Big Tech’s” sneaky tactics to influence you

Big tech uses 6 psychological principles to “hook” your child into their products – and keep them hooked for life! You’ll know what these 6 ingredients are so you (and your child) won’t get sucked in.




Setting limits with tech that teaches important life lessons and improves relationships

Most parents don’t know how to talk to their child or teen about tech use because they don’t know what to say. You won’t have this problem anymore because you’ll know what to say to your child that makes a big impact.


Avoiding the “Path of Least Resistance” trap

The Path of Least Resistance is an important psychological principle that explains why your child prefers tech over more worthwhile activities – and you’ll learn how to teach them to WANT to do hard things because they know it’s good for them.




Using tech to teach important life lessons

The course contains worksheets to help you be successful with your online/offline balance. You’ll have access to parent-child contracts for smartphones, video games, and social media accounts. In addition, there is a business plan for young people interested in online creator sites like Etsy.




Using your Family Tech Plan to guide all your tach decisions.

At the end of the course, you’ll have completed the Family Tech Plan document that is designed to guide all your tech decisions. This is an individualized plan based upon YOUR unique passions, values, and beliefs.

Here’s What You Get When You Purchase The Course…

9 Video Lessons. Watch the lessons on YOUR time – and re-watch them as needed.

25+ years of experience. You’ll get all my best expertise, strategies, and PATIENT STORIES in this course – I’ve seen this stuff work with my own kids AND with my private practice patients too!

12 Worksheets. You’ll have all the support you’ll need to get create a Family Tech Plan that works. 

1 Complete Family Tech Plan. At the end of the course, you will have completed the Family Tech Plan document that outlines the guidelines for tech use in your home based on YOUR individual values.

Student Success Stories

Jenn Staggs

I highly recommend this course. The video lessons are easy to watch and the worksheets included with the lessons are invaluable. I originally bought this course because my daughter wanted to create an Etsy store and I wanted to make sure it would be a good experience for her. The business plan included in the course was awesome! My daughter had a good time filling it out and it helped us get on the same page about how was responsible for what when it came to her new shop.


This course was exactly what I was looking for. My daughter was going down a path with social media that was causing her to become a person that I didn’t recognize anymore. I feel like I have a plan that will help me re-connect with my daughter and help her see that social media isn’t her whole world.

P. R.

I took this course because I like listening to Dr. Ballinger’s podcast and I like her outlook on parenting. My kids are still young and I don’t let them have a lot of time on tech yet and I want to be prepared on how to let my kids use tech when it’s the right time. I really liked that I have a family tech plan at the end of the course that I’m going to use for many years to come that will guide my decisions about tech. I would definitely recommend this course for other parents.

Karen Hughes

I’m embarrassed to say that my kids were constantly using tech. I really missed my kids because they acted like they would rather play video games and be on their phones than be with me. After taking this course, I had a family tech plan that made the whole family turn off tech at certain times of the day and do other things. Now my kids have discovered new hobbies that they like and we spend more time together as a family.