Parenting & the price of freedom

Nicco Mele
8 min readJan 4

It’s that time of year — the quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s — when a moment is coming my children dread: the annual parental audit of their social media and screen time consumption. Word of warning: this email is all about how I monitor and manage my children’s screen time. If you’re not interested, skip it. For reference, my three kids are in middle school and elementary school.

One of the many wonders of contemporary parenting is the digital dilemma. How much screen time? What kind of screen time? Typing tutor is pretty different qualitative from…

Nicco Mele

formerly of @LATimes & @Kennedy_School - author of The End of Big - lots more at — Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.