Technology

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Anays posted in Education Aug 28

4th grade math help

Any apps that can help 4th graders better their math skills?

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Aug 28

What are some STEM activity ideas to do at home with toddlers? Thank you!

  • Rachelle
    Aug 29

    Honestly I’ve just been looking up Montessori at home on the web and YouTube especially the dollar store stem ideas so then if my son doesn’t like it I’m not heartbroken. Montessori pretty well focuses on stem and life skills through practice play (cooking cleaning etc.) my son at twenty months loves getting his own juice and snacks and picking what ever he wants to explore off of the shelf and... More

  • Shekhar
    Aug 29

    these are some fun learning options https://www.playshifu.com/ https://www.playosmo.com/en/

Anonymous posted in Flying Aug 18

24 hour International flight with toddler

Anyone know of a way to download free kid videos (without WiFi) to survive the adventure? Youtube method?

Daughter loves watching videos of herself.

My husband and I are really good at limiting screen time. We do not watch much tv anyway and the most our daughter watches is maybe an hour total a month, if that. We do use our phones to take pics or record videos. Our daughter (age 2) will often ask to watch the videos of herself. My husband is worried allowing her to watch them will turn her into a narcissistic YouTuber/social media influenc... More

  • annag
    Aug 15

    oh also, it sounds super healthy that your kid is aware enough to care about her image and recordings. "Second", on the comment above about becoming aware, as parents, of media, both social and otherwise, because it is a huge part of the world she is growing up into, even though it may not be a major factor in your personal lives. Kids need to learn about privacy, too, and she'll ... More

  • Christine
    Sep 02

    My husband and I consider it screen time. She's so eager to look at the phone and then starts whining and becoming very attached to looking at herself on the phone. I don't know what the negative consequences are.. but we decided to limit her watching herselfs as part of screen time.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Aug 08

Storing digital photos

I am constantly running out of storage on my computer with the number of ‘I don’t want to miss capturing this moment’ photos of my toddler. I am wary of external storage drives- would welcome recommendations on how best to keep a secure copy of these photos!

  • Sara
    Aug 16

    We back up our computer to external hard drives, and upload our favorite things to SmugMug, a photo site that prof photographers use. You have to pay an annual fee, but I really like the quality of prints from them (have had poor quality from other online photo places in the past). I also print an annual photo book each Christmas- one for us and ones for grandparents. I’m worried about only sto... More

  • Sara
    Aug 16

    I’m curious about ideas for preserving videos- with iPhones, we end up taking tons of short videos of cute moments. What how do you compile and store those?

Best Amazon Prime Day deals... go!

This article has some good ones... the Instant Pot is an amazing deal but I already have one! I just bought the crest whitestrips 😃

Looking for a good game app for toddlers

Sometimes when I need to do something I give my 3yo YouTube kids videos on my phone or iPad. I’d like to get him into something more interactive like a game app. Any recommendations for something fun and also semi-educational?

  • June
    Jun 18

    We love toca boca apps too :) there is a turtle one that is cute fun or the hairstyling one is fun for that age too. Checkout Endless Alphabet too :) good educational and fun We did YouTube kids, just be suggestion, just be with him when watching. My girls watched something extremely disturbing that didn't get filtered out while watching at age 3 and one of them had to do therapy for y... More

  • Amanda
    Aug 06

    Anything by Originator is great!

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Jun 03

Do you use audio fairy tales?

Do you have any resources for this? (maybe an app or website)

Anonymous posted in Family Life Apr 30

Am I being crazy?

My mother in law was posting a lot of pictures I sent her of my son on her Facebook. She lives across the country, so I try to text her pictures every few days so she doesn’t feel like she’s being left out or missing anything. It has been bothering me though, that she posts almost all of these pictures online. I am the opposite as I try to keep as much private as possible and tend to only post ... More

  • Stacey
    May 09

    I do not allow anyone to post pictures of my daughter. Or it’s something special. But I would definitely talk to your partner and both of you should speak to her at the same time. It’s just being honest with her that you don’t want these private moments online. And if she won’t stop I would stop sending pictures real quick.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 10

    I don’t like it as well, but it’s a fight I won’t win. I post my kids pictures every now and then on social media and I only have people I know. They accept any request, and with crazy people out there I’m don’t like it. But they already think I’m too controlling so I don’t even bother.

MM posted in Safety Mar 25

GPS Tracker

My little one is going to start pre-school in August and will be bused from school to daycare. I'm looking for a reliable tracking device that she won't lose. She isn't really good with jewelry. So I'm not sure if a watch works be a great idea. Any suggestions?

  • PK
    Mar 25

    They make gps trackers that have a loop so that you can attach it to their belt or shoelaces

  • Jennifer
    May 01

    A lot of kids at my son school and summer camp uses the Gizmo watch. It costs $150 and you sign up with Verizon and pay $5/month. The watch is waterproof. I've seen kids as little as 5 uses them. It has a GPS tracker that even shows you want section of the school they are at. You can send text message to remind them to drink water. And they can make 5 phone calls on the watch. My cow... More

Anonymous posted in Technology Mar 20

How old should your kids be to have “Tik Tok”?

My 11 year old says “ everyone else has it!” Should everyone else have it?

  • Anonymous
    Apr 07

    The app asks users to verify that they are at least 14 years old before they can make an account. My ten year old stepdaughter has been using it though.. she also claims that everyone else has it and we don’t want her to be the odd one out. I made an account myself to see what was on there and I’ve never seen anything I would consider inappropriate. We remind her often to never talk to stranger... More

  • Jennifer
    May 01

    What is tik tok?

Anonymous posted in Child Care Mar 20

Do I need to let my babysitter know that we have cameras installed to watch her?

Interviewing our babysitter candidates today. Do I need to let them know there will be a camera watching them? What if they ask me if we have a camera set up? Do I need to disclose that we do? They’re not going to be hidden anyway but we won’t have them set up until the day of when we first need them.

  • Brittany
    Mar 21

    As a former nanny, I specifically brought cameras up. I stated I didn’t mind being recorded, but that I felt I had the basic human right to know. I spent the majority of my waking hours in that home. I breastfed my daughter who came to work with me, and while I fed in public I was much more free about it in private. I often took the kids out walking, to the park, and to the pool. I changed cl... More

Vic posted in Technology Mar 19

Electronics, Yay or Nay?

I really dont like the way my son is mesmerized by TV and Kindle. I'm thinking about selling my kindle and switching back to physical books just because I dont want that as an option anymore. But I'm conflicted....the games are educational and have gotten him to sit still in waiting rooms and in long lines. I would like him to be exposed to the technologies of his generation but I mysel... More

  • Laura
    Mar 20

    As far as our 2 year old knows, our TV only plays nature shows and cooking shows, and photos of herself. I haven't wanted to introduce any kids shows because I don't want her asking for them all the time. Keep screens as an option in a pinch (flights, long car rides, etc.).

  • Sara
    Mar 22

    We allow our 20 month old to watch 1 hour of TV at night before bed because it helps him get in "bedtime mode". This is when he sits still, drinks his milk and he knows its bedtime after that. In the mornings we occasionally let him watch 30 minutes or so of a cartoon while we are there with him. He doesn't sit still too long anyway. Once he starts actually playing with the device... More

Baby Monitor

Any recommendations on a good monitor for a decent price? I’m looking for one that has visual, two way audio, and night vision.

  • Kieli
    Mar 20

    Of course! Oh it has the date, time and temperature of the room on the screen as well!!

  • Erika
    Mar 20

    Did she get it from this website? Just asking so I know it’s safe to order from it.

Anonymous posted in Fitness Mar 19

Postpartum exercise videos online?

Any know of good ones? I have diastasis recti and can’t motivate myself to go to physical therapy, so want to do some videos at home. Ideal if they’re quick! Busy mama of two :p

  • Aida
    Mar 20

    Check out mommastrong.com She has a great program to address this and get you started back to exercising.

  • Jessie
    Mar 20

    I’d suggest speaking with a professional first; however, I’ve enjoyed beachbodyondemand.com. They’re online and there’s one called, “Pre & Post Natal Fitness” Good luck!

Kid podcasts

My 4 1/2 year old has great audio listening skills (well, not with listening to mom and dad ha!) and I would love some recommendations for fun podcasts we can listen to while driving. Thanks!

  • Cryzana
    Mar 15

    Adventures in Oddessy - WARNING: This is a Christian sponsored radio drama series for kids (or all ages)

Music on Pandora

Does anyone have any recommendations on kids music other than kidsbop on Pandora? It's basically the same songs,but kids singing it.

  • Lala
    Mar 08

    We love the reggae and toddler stations provided with the cable network.

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Feb 26

Tablet games

Hi! I recently got my 4 and 5 year old tablets and idk what games to download! I go the kids addition of the amazon Fire tablet. Please advise 😘🤷‍♀️

  • Hannah
    Mar 01

    I also have a 4 and 5 year old with Amazon Fire tablets. They both use PBS Kids app a lot. Lots of good games and shows.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Feb 19

How to address grandparents oversharing their grandchildren on social media?

This is all about my own MOM. Yes, of all people that could get into my nerve about oversharing on social media, it’s my own mother. She’s a 1st time grandmom who loves facebook! I’ve talked to her on so many occasions about this topic but I’m getting to a point now that I feel like I don’t want to send her his own grandson’s pictures or limit it or maybe snail mail her printed pictures because... More

  • Kelly
    Feb 20

    My husband and I have a "no sharing on social media" rule with all of our relatives. I highly recommend it because then everyone is on the same page and knows that it's not their place to post about your child. My husband and I decided that if our relatives went against our wishes, we would no longer give them pics of the kids until they took them down. So far we have had no probl... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 21

    Facebook oversharing of baby photos and ultrasounds led to a blacklash and the rise of private sharing apps like Snapchat. Now there's tons of baby album apps designed to share with and only with who you want. I highly recommend that route. I just searched for "baby photo album" in the App Store or Google Play and picked one. Some even give you the option of putting your photos in... More

Darwin posted in Pre-Teens Feb 15

Phone Trouble! Help!

My 11 year old daughter is the only kid she knows that doesn’t have a phone. She constantly comes back from sleepovers saying how everyone was on their phones for an hour and she had to sit there. I want to get her a phone, but we’ve had some trust issues with her previous tablet. She has an Ipad, but I can tell she wants a phone instead. The problem is that she will want Instagram and Snapchat... More

  • Ian
    Apr 14

    Our 9yo uses a Gizmo watch. It’s a smart watch that lets wearer send basic texts, voice calls to 5 preprogrammed #s (she holds watch up to face to talk and hear), receives SMS from a companion app. The app also lets you track watch location. No games or 3rd party apps to distract her during school. Charges via USB. It’s been great. Our daughter asks for a phone, which we’re not ready to get he... More

  • Wendy
    Jul 13

    I recently got my daughter a smart phone because she would also tell me about her friends having phones and she was the only one without one so once she got it she wanted an Instagram well I got it but our rule is I manage it she can look at Instagram but it’s on my phone not hers so I can see who she talks to and I also have her Instagram as private and it has worked she doesn’t complain if sh... More

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