This week we are talking with Denise Roland. Denise Roland lives on the East End of Long Island with her husband, three children and Labradoodle (Tino). She has been teaching in public schools for more than 15 years, and holds two Master’s Degrees in both Health Education and School Counseling. Aside from remaining dedicated to her family and career interests, Denise enjoys being outdoors, running, and giving back to charitable organizations and events. She has also grown interested in educating families through children’s books. Her first book, “Please, Look up at Me” serves as an excellent conversation starter for people of all ages, and the title says it all. Denise discusses why she wrote her book, the importance of eye contact, and setting boundaries on technology for ourselves. 

Listen as Denise shares: 

  • Sometimes she tries too hard to make it “the best” for her kids.
  • The moment she realized she was on her phone too much.
  • Importance of setting technology aside for the sake of child development.
  • What we are all missing out on when we are on our phones.
  • Indicators that you are on your phone too much.
  • Kids need to know that technology needs boundaries.
  • What she does to set boundaries for herself.



“We need to pull the pendulum back a little bit.” – Denise Roland

“It makes me wonder what the ripple effect is of these kids born into a new era of distracted parents.” – Denise Roland

“When you find that the screens are taking precedence over human connections, we need to pull back.” – Denise Roland

“My kids are so much more aware than I gave them credit for.” – Denise Roland


Please, Look up at Me by Denise Roland (Book) 

American Pediatrics Technology Guidelines



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Please, Look up at Me by Denise Roland (Book) 

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