Growing trend: parents hiring coaches to teach their kids how to live without phones

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- It’s a new kind of coaching for your kids that is gaining traction. It involves someone coming into your home and teaching your kids how to live without their cell phones.

Imagine your life without a cell phone. For families like the Kehoes, it's not that hard.

"Never give them a cell phone," says Fargo Mom of two, Alisha Kehoe.

Alisha Kehoe is a mother of two. She calls herself ‘old-school’ when it comes to allowing her kids to use technology like tablets and phones.

"The tablet that they had over there, its got a three hour time limit and when it's turned off, it's turned off," says Kehoe.

And they plan on keeping their kids focus off of screens until a lot further down the road but that isn't the case for everyone. In fact there's a growing trend of parents hiring coaches to teach their kids how to live ‘phone-free.’

"If it was my kid, I think I would handle it myself," says Horace Mother of two, Theresa Ulrich.

"I don't know if a coach is really necessary. I think there is things parents can do," says Perham mother of two, Shelly Becker.

Shelly Becker has two kids of her own, a 13 and a 15-year old. As you can imagine, they like to use their phones just like other kids their age. But she tell us as a parent, there are things you can do on your own to make sure your child gets a little break from the technology.

"When they have school, they have to turn their phone in at a certain time at night," says Becker.

On top of this idea of having someone come in your home to teach your kids how to live without their phones, some of them don't come cheap.

Valley News Live: “Some of them cost up to $250.”

"The coach? I would do it for free myself," says 25-year old, Thaddaeus Owen.

"I can think of a lot better ways to spend my money," says Ulrich.

Now these coaches typically show your kids other activities they can do other than being on their phones like playing or painting. But for families like the Kehoes, they already have that covered.

"We play puzzles, imaginary games. They play with each other more often than not," says Kehoe.

These coaches also make suggestions on lifestyle changes for kids like getting an animal that children can spend time with.