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Tag: screen time

The Unexpected Way Screens Are Making My Son Well-Rounded

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Guilty! My kids are allowed to use screens. We have limits and ground rules, yes, but they use tablets, video game consoles,...

My Favorite Apps for Preschoolers :: Tested and Approved

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In our family, the policy regarding screen time is blurry, at best. Pre-quarantine, we spent a LOT of time in the car driving, and...

The Virtual Burnout :: In-Person Connection Can’t Be Replaced

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If there is one adage I can relate to over the course of COVID-19, it's "You don't know what you got 'til it's gone."...

Invite Boredom Into Your Child’s Summer

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This summer is looking a little bit different. This is the summer of COVID and social distancing. If your family is still laying low,...

10 Kids YouTube Channels That Are Saving My Life Right Now

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Pre-quarantine, we had a very strict “no YouTube” rule in our home. Our then 2-year-old was a victim of the “Momo murders Peppa Pig”...

Social Distancing :: This Isn’t Going Well… and That’s OK

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But this has taught me something. There is not one type of mom. There aren't even 10 types. Or unicorn moms, or helicopter moms, or whatever fancy name type people want to use to label moms. There are just moms.

Cheers to You, Disney+

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When Disney+ first came out, there was no question of whether we would get it or not. Not only did it have Disney, Marvel, AND throwback shows and movies my husband and I grew up with (I'm looking at you, "Boy Meets World" and "Brink"), we loved the idea of having the Disney classics available for our son to watch.

Coronavirus Screen Time Roundup :: Making the Most of Your Time...

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You may be wondering just how much "Peppa Pig" you can take, or maybe you're wondering how you can expand your children's screen repertoire. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to up your children's screen time game during this COVID-19-induced break from school. Here are a few we recommend.

4 Simple Steps for Healthier Phone Habits

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Then one night, my phone froze, turned black, and never turned on again. Naturally, I panicked and tried every trick I could to revive it. The next two days brought snowstorms, so getting a new phone wasn't on the agenda. Besides, by the second day, I didn't really feel the need to go get a new phone. I found that without the steady ping of notifications I was able to truly enjoy my free time. Responding to e-mails right away seemed less urgent, especially when I didn't see them come through instantly on my phone. I felt free.

Screen Time Limits… for Mom?

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"Kids notice EVERYTHING. Yes, they listen to what we tell them (usually). Yes, they internalize certain behaviors through routine and repetition. But the reality is, they gain so much of their knowledge about the world through observation. And if what they observe is adults constantly staring at screens, they will internalize that message: Being a grown-up means staring at a screen all day."

My Kids Are Addicted to Fortnite

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Even when they weren't playing the game, it was all they could think about. They were addicted to Fortnite. Talking to other moms about it, I found that Fortnite addiction isn't limited to my own house. It's running rampant in the tween-age set.

The Smartphone Debate :: Wait Until 8th, or Embrace Smartphone Use?

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What if I told you Silicon Valley executives are holding off on exposing their own children to smartphones until they reach age 14? Would it give you pause?  

Powering Down :: A Week With No TV

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Our family had gone bonkers, as far as I was concerned. The newest was born, and with him came new and frequent family conflict....

iPhones at the Restaurant :: Yea or Nay?

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A few weekends ago our family ended the day at a local pizza place and enjoyed a great dinner together. The restaurant was nice...

Raising Boys in the Digital Age

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There's no denying we are in a digital age. We are so connected. In fact, many would say we are over connected! As adults,...