I won’t lie - my family spends a lot of time on the tablet. Since we’ve cut cable, which I blogged about in this article, the tablet has become our primary mechanism of screen time. It’s actually much nicer than the continuously loud blaring TV. Our house is actually quieter with the exception of my boys fighting over toys. With our cable cut, my kids are constantly looking … [Read more...] about Are App Rewards Sending Kids the Wrong Message About Life?
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So I was browsing my kids' large lengthy app collection and it’s quite embarrassing really, the number of apps that we own. I did a quick scan and an interesting price pattern emerges. Early on, I purchased/downloaded a lot of free and $0.99 apps for my kids but now I’m more apt (ha, ha!) to spend money on educational apps. I know some parents scoff at spending more than … [Read more...] about Why Parents Should Pay More for Educational Apps
Since I’ve become a mom, I’m racked with guilt. I only breast-fed my kids for 4-6 weeks (eek!), my youngest sleeps in our bed (although maybe that’s good - based on Time’s recent article) and both my kids go to full-time daycare - what can I say, I’m not a natural stay-at-home Mom and kudos to those stay-at-home Moms but I need to work. Well, for once I’ve done it. I’ve … [Read more...] about Mommy Tablet Tech Guilt: Nope!
Are children’s books being replaced by storybook apps? Every night we try to read books to our kids before they go to bed. It’s a classic children’s bedtime activity. You snuggle with your preschooler, have he/she look at the pages as you read to them out loud - and wonder if one day this activity will be replaced by flipping pages on a tablet (or maybe that’s just … [Read more...] about Digital Bedtime Stories?
Don't want to commit to a tablet for your toddler? Consider this advice: A parent recently asked me if I would purchase a "kid-friendly" tablet such as the Vinci and my answer was no. I have always been a big proponent of using the actual device. The reason is simple. If it is deemed "kid-friendly," chances are kids view it as a toy. Kids, especially toddlers need to … [Read more...] about What Kind of Tech Gadget Should I Buy For My Toddler?