Digital Detox

The Two-Week Tech Reset for Kids

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"This brilliant book is a game-changer."--WENDY SPEAKE, author of The 40-Day Social Media Fast and Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

"Hope and practical direction for parents." --FRANCIS and LISA CHAN, New York Times bestselling authors

It's time to flip the switch and get your kids back.

Mom of six Molly DeFrank was sick of screen-time meltdowns. She wanted more for her family, so she pulled the plug, declaring a digital detox for her kids. The transformation blew her away: She got her sweet, happy kids back.

The detox was easier than she could have hoped, and the results were better than she could have dreamed. In just two weeks, her children were free from the grip of digital devices. Their moods shifted immediately, and their creativity exploded. They learned how to entertain themselves and enjoy life without screens.

Her experiment led to a total tech overhaul that changed her family's life. Here's how she did it in just fourteen days, and how you can too.

Digital Detox offers step-by-step guidance that will help you
· overcome your fear of firing your "electronic babysitter"
· cultivate your child's giftings outside of screens
· confidently set the right tech boundaries for your family
· develop a long-term plan to sustain lasting change

Best of all, you'll transform screen zombies into friendly, happy, grateful kids.

You can put technology in its right place. This book will show you how.


"Parents unknowingly destroy their children by being passive. Digital Detox exposes the harmful effects of screen time while giving hope and practical direction for parents."

Francis and Lisa Chan

"Molly DeFrank's important book is a useful resource for parents concerned about the effects of tech overuse on their children. Her honest insights on parenting, along with her practical action steps, are much-needed tools we can use to protect our kids."

Joe Clement, teacher and co-author of Screen Schooled

"In today's tech-driven world, Digital Detox is an essential resource for parents. With grace and humor, Molly DeFrank combines real-world examples with practical tips to give parents the tools and confidence they need to make lasting changes. Much more than a how-to guide, Digital Detox offers hope and inspiration to families seeking a more balanced relationship with technology."

Kristin Demery, author of One Good Word a Day: 365 Invitations to Encourage, Deepen, and Refine Your Faith

"Digital Detox is a personable, hands-on guide to making your kids' and even your own lives a whole lot better. One big surprise: Your kids are likely to thank you for taking action. Get this book!"

Richard Freed, PhD, author of Wired Child

"Molly DeFrank has written a must-read primer for anyone who is ready to reset their family's digital world! Her easy-to-follow two-week plan will support you from beginning to end of your detox. This book is an incredible, thoughtful, and unique way we can all benefit from minimizing technology within our families."

Monica Gomez, speech language pathologist

"'Doctor, is the time she spends on her phone bad for her eyes?'--a worthwhile question I am often asked. But the deeper and more important question relates to her human development rather than her visual development. Mrs. DeFrank has written an accessible and important handbook for parents looking for guidance in our technocentric culture."

Jeffrey C. Krohn, OD, FAAO

"I recommend this book for all parents of young children. It's a fact-based, funny, practical guide for how to get kids off their screens and back into real life."

Anna Lembke, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence

"Molly has managed to overcome what has become all too common in households all over--battles with our children about screen time. With practical advice and tons of conviction, Digital Detox is a great resource for parents of all ages."

Matt Miles, teacher and co-author of Screen Schooled

"Too many children are trading in wonder and adventure for hours of sitting still staring at a screen. We need more voices like Molly DeFrank's to pull us away from mind-numbing entertainment. Digital harms and addictions can no longer be ignored. It's time to rise up as parents. A digital detox in your home is doable! This book is incredibly practical and will help you transform your home for the better, one day at a time."

Arlene Pellicane, author of Screen Kids and host of the Happy Home podcast

"Digital Detox is the quintessential guidebook for parents who want to free their kids from the grip of technology--without going totally off-grid. Molly inspires you to make this countercultural change in your family, equips you with everything you need, and holds your hand the entire way through!"

Kayse Pratt, founder of Anchored Women

"If you've got a love-hate relationship with screens in your home, Digital Detox is the guidebook you've been looking for. With her signature honesty and spot-on hilarity, Molly shows us exactly how we can help our kids break free from the grip of tech and recapture the magic of childhood."

Kayse Pratt, founder of Anchored Women

"I don't know a parent who isn't concerned about the amount of time their kids are spending on screens. For many moms and dads, screen time is their biggest trigger. After all, devices can become divisive--dividing us from one another, schoolwork, and even health and happiness. Unfortunately, we don't know what to do about it or where to start. Molly DeFrank paves the way. This brilliant book is a game changer for parents. It will transform the way families engage with their screens--and ultimately how they engage with each other. Molly is a wise, worthy, and witty guide. She will help families take charge of their devices--instead of letting devices take charge of families."

Wendy Speake, author of The 40-Day Social Media Fast and co-author of Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

"Don't be fooled by Molly DeFrank's chatty new book! Digital Detox is no lightweight throwaway. This is a well-researched, sophisticated guide to outsmarting the addictive pandemic of digital entertainment--the furtive electronic cocaine that is rapidly destroying the creative childhood and intellectual drive of too many American children. In part thanks to the other pandemic, screen time for many kids has reached a mind-blowing eight hours a day. In addition to her broad knowledge, Ms. DeFrank translates her firsthand experience as a working mom and foster mom into thoughtful, practical advice. If you are a parent, this book will change your life. And more importantly, the life of your kids. Believe me, they will thank you."

Peter C. Whybrow, MD, author of The Well-Tuned Brain: The Remedy for a Manic Society

"Finally! A practical guide that shows us parents how to navigate raising our kids in a technology-driven world. As a fellow Christian mama, I love how Molly lays it all out there. Her advice is realistic and useful, and her stories are relatable and encouraging. It's time we reset our approach to digital entertainment in the home, and my husband and I agree--this book is the perfect first step for every parent to take!"

Heidi Anderson, author and Christian influencer, @thismotherhen

The Author

  1. Molly DeFrank

    Molly DeFrank

    Molly DeFrank ( is the founder of the online Digital Detox, where she helps free families from their addictions to devices. She has a degree in international relations and worked as a press aide for former California governor Arnold...

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