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How young is too young?

My daughter is starting kinder this year, is it to soon to get her a cell phone? I got my first daughter a cell phone when she was in 2nd grade and she did good but my 4 yr old is so advanced that I think is okay but I still have worries. My husband says its okay but being in the criminal justice field my head is split. Please help? Thank you

  • Xamira

    Wouldn’t do it, simply cause it limits interactions with others, with nature and situations of the daily life that mean a deep learning for their understanding of how the world works. Also it’s a very tiny age that passes so fast! At this age, if you give them attention, they will love it... that won’t happen in their teens and then you’ll dream about having them around you and being playful wi... More

  • Perry
    5h ago

    Why wait until 4? Baby selfie right out of the womb!

So you got your kid a phone. What now?

"Of course [parents are] worried. But the truth is, lots of teens use social media and stay safe, healthy, and connected -- especially when parents are supportive. And if we set our teens up for success, keep lines of communication open, and stay aware of our teen's social media world, any trouble they run into will likely be speed bumps instead of roadblocks."

Has anyone purchased the Amazon Echo for Kids?

Amazon launched a kid version of their Echo smart speaker (Alexa). Has anyone purchased this for their family? Any good?

  • Victoria
    Jul 17

    We have 4 Alexa’s in my house and honestly they aren’t worth it. The kids fight over music to play, the amount of times we have to repeat ourselves to her or she doesn’t hear us is super annoying. We don’t have the kids version but I can’t imagine it any better. There is rare times she will talk to you randomly when she wasn’t even brought up!!

  • Whitney Rhodes
    Jul 31

    I just wrote a resource for parents who are considering a digital assistant like the Echo for their home. It goes over potential safety concerns, what kids think about robots and whether they're alive, rudeness (Alexa doesn't exactly encourage manners), you name it :) I think you might find it helpful:

How do you reduce your own screen time at home?

I was reading this great post and this struck me: "In the digital age, kids can make new friends and strengthen existing relationships online, whether it's in a rousing game of Fortnite, a few hearts on Instagram, or even a FaceTime session with the grandparents. But the happiest people are the ones who consistently find a balance between screens and the rest of life. And as the grown... More

  • Marta
    Jul 10

    My daughter gets one hour of screen time and includes tablet and tv after the hour I take the tablet away tv off and tell her to go play she does wine and complain and says what am I suppose to do or play and I say anything use your imagination just play and she will. I will also play with her in between chores that I do and at night we always reserve 30 min to playing uno

  • Whitney Rhodes
    Jul 16

    You could designate certain places of your home as "screen-free" zones. So bedrooms for sure. Maybe different places based on times too? No screens at the table (or wherever) during meals, for example. Whatever rules you set for your kids would need to apply to you as well. There are time guidelines for kids ( but yeah I tend t... More

Should my seven-year-old have an iPhone?

His mother seems to be fine with it, but I’m concerned. He’s very capable and understands the phone very well. Any suggestions or rules I should apply?

  • Quin
    Jul 07

    I think I would just get a smart watch at this age.

  • Dan The Dad

    I agree with waiting because having a phone or other mobile electronics can be addictive. I was in high school when I got my first phone. And it yes even then it was addictive. Even without social media. I would like to also add that as parents we have to learn to put our phones, tablets, computers, etc away when our children are present. As parents we have to lead by example if want our chil... More

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Jul 01

Anyone have ideas for avoiding the finger family on YouTube kids?

When our toddler watches yt kids, it seems like every other video is the finger family or a remix. That stuff creeps me out. I know how to block videos and channels, but the finger family keeps on popping up like wack a mole. Suggestions?

  • Anonymous
    Jul 04

    Anyone have ideas? That five headed monster keeps on popping up and scaring my child

  • Whitney Rhodes
    Jul 16

    You could try other sites and apps! Jellies is a great option. Every video is reviewed by a person to make sure it doesn't have anything inappropriate or creepy in it (like family finger stuff). No ads, either. You also get full control over the topics your kid interacts with.

stupid ads..

if baby/child's app games could not have ads, that'd be cool -.-

  • Amanda
    Jun 25

    I can’t either. I forget to stop the trial and end up getting charged- just downloaded it and found that it was subscribe app so wanted to give a heads up

  • Drusilla
    Jun 25

    O, o that's not cool 3: I'm sorry that happened to you.

Stephanie posted in Babies Jun 09

Baby monitor apps?

We already have one baby monitor but now that we have a second child, we’d like to set something up for both rooms. We have an old iPhone we were thinking of using as a monitor but not sure what app works best and is most secure and reliable. Any recommendations?

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jun 06

How do you guys feel about other people posting pictures of your kid on social media?

  • Whitney Rhodes
    Jun 25

    It's creepy! Especially considering all the dangers. I recently learned about baby roleplaying and that's enough to turn me off social media completely. If anything goes up, I have to have full control of it. I ask other folks to take stuff down when I'm uncomfortable, and they're usually apologetic. Some info on the dangers of posting anything about kids on social: http://jelli... More

  • Gean
    Jun 25

    I have never seen my child’s picture on a site that wasn’t from friend or family. So it has never felt strange to me.

Renee posted in Technology Jun 04

My daughter stays in her room and plays on Youtube all the time

What can I do to get her off of it?

  • Kristin
    Jun 04

    Change the Wi-Fi password

  • Savanna
    Jun 05

    Have a game night, or at least two hours a day strictly for family, where their attention is family based. I don’t recommend just taking her phone away or doing anything drastic, as this could just cause more conflict where there doesn’t need to be any. As a personal tip, try Geocaching as a family! Geocaching is a giant treasure hunt that is available to everyone and you’d be surprised at how ... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jun 01

Best app to track ovulation

Looking for the best free ovulation/period tracking app? :) I used one before I had my son, but it was just the first free one I found and wasn’t very good.

  • Mikayla
    Jun 06

    Clue is by far the best that I've used, you can track whatever you want and it's so easy to use!

  • Erika
    Jul 22

    Another vote for Clue!

Anne posted in Safety May 30

Free app to help prevent hot car deaths

Every parent who drives their children around, especially in summer and in hot climates, should get this app. It's free and it works. Here's what it does: 1. It uses your location to detect when you're in a moving car. Unless you tell it otherwise, it assumes you have a child in the car. 2. Once you stop, it will send you an alert asking if your child is with you. With one tap you ... More

  • Teddy
    Jun 04

    Katie, that’s what I was thinking too. It would know the local temp and tell you to park in the shade so the car seat buckle doesn’t get too warm and (obviously) make sure not to leave a kid in the car and have a reminder of how a 75’ day can turn a car into an oven in direct sun, etc. doesn’t seem to have anything to do with temp, just not leaving a kid in the car. I personally wish I lived in... More

  • Erin
    Jun 09

    -From the Creator @ Dan Not true. The app does NOT require ANY use whatsoever during driving. You should educate yourself more before commenting. @Jay We built in a feature that allows you to tell the app when you dont have kids with you at all. PS. Fathers are responsible for more babies left behind than alllll others. @Whitney The app has settings that allow it to be temporarily put t... More

Anonymous posted in Technology May 30

Recommendations for photo books?

I want to make a photo book for my grandmother’s 95th bday. I’ve tried apple’s books, chatbooks and Walgreen’s. Any other suggestions for super easy + high quality photo books? Bonus points if it works well with Google photos. Thanks!

  • Vm2634
    Jun 04

    FreePrints has an app for free photobooks. You get one free every month (hardcover) and pay shipping. I think shipping was $5.99 if I remember correctly. I did one two months ago and I was great.

  • Kathleen
    Jun 08

    I tried Google's photo books when they first came out a few months ago. They were half price and I actually was really impressed with the quality. It can be very quick and hands off, if that's what you want. Put the photos into a folder, make a book out of that folder. I did a smaller one and it was one photo per page, no formatting on my part and shipping was quick. I'm not sure if... More

Sous vide: it's a minor miracle.

That's why we're teaming up with Nomiku to bring Winnie users $49 sous vide machines (yes, that's $200 off retail). 😲 To grab this deal just follow the link below and choose $49 worth of chef-made sous vide meals, which feature fresh, healthy ingredients and start as low at $2 apiece. Why we love it: Nomiku makes sous vide super easy. All you do is tap, drop in the pre-wrapped and... More

Anonymous posted in Education May 30

Recommendations on educational iPad apps for a 2 year old?

  • Lorraine
    Jun 14

    Little Reader and Curious World

  • Rosalyn
    Jul 14

    Fisher-Price offers several free apps that can work with their toys or alone. They got my child through 0-4 with minimal miss and fuss.

What are your favorite podcasts to listen to with kids?

I’m on a road trip and looking for some kid friendly podcasts, preferably for kids ages 6-10. So far we’ve tried Tumble, which is a cute science one, and The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (which my kids liked but I think is more geared towards like ages 10-12). Looking for anything science related, comedy, storytelling, or mystery.

  • Jonathan
    May 29

    The “epic” app has a lot of good free audiobooks that we use like podcasts.

  • Linda
    Jul 15

    Our fav is Wow in the World, as well. But we also enjoy: Kids Bible Stories, Fun Kids Science Weekly, Astronomy for Kids, Fun Kids Deep Space High, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian. We’ve also recently found The Young Ben Franklin, Highlights Hangouts (like from the magazine!), Eleanor Amplified, Listen Out Loud (from the TV Show Loud House), the Book Club for Kids, What If World, Smash Boo... More

Anne posted in Technology May 25

Here with your PSA that Winnie is really useful for traveling with your kids!

  • Stefan
    May 26

    Hi, where in Winnie can I find a directory of playgrounds or places that have activities for kids? (I’m new to this app/community) article says it’s “yelp for parents” so I was expecting to see a map of places but i only see discussions on various topics. Thanks!

  • Diane
    May 27

    Go to the search icon- (magnifying glass) at bottom of home screen. Click it and on the page that opens you will see icons for things like parks, activities, etc. It will default to your current location but at the top you can see "change your location" also. And when you go visit places, be sure to create a post to let others know what you discovered. Hope this helps.

Technology limit?

Hi. ! I have a 13 year old stepdaughter . I’m very blessed to have a great relationship with her. :) my question is though how Can I get her to not be on her phone 24/7? I would love advice from other parents how they’ve dealt with this and how it’s worked out for them . Myself and her father have agreed to take her phone away every day at 5pm so it’ll one —- make her finish any chores she has... More

  • Britt
    May 19

    While I agree phones from minors needs to be taken away overnight it does seem to be a little early in the afternoon. Especially if she’s been at school all day where she isn’t supposed to be on her phone either. I’d say take the phone (if you must) when she walks in the door until hw and chores are completed. And if you want her to spend quality time with you guys have game nights (board, card... More

  • Kristina
    May 20

    I have my son earn screen time by reading. If he reads for an hour he can be on his phone for an hour etc...

Morning, what age do you start letting your child have their own tablet like a kindle fire for kids?

  • Shauna
    Jun 30

    Kindle fire is awesome. I absolutely love the parent's ability to control everything. My daughter, 9, has it and enjoys it. She loves books so this works for her. Timing and 2 sides of tab is awesome. For instance, during the week I set it up so my daughter can access certain apps AFTER she reads for at least 45 min and for the kindle to turn off 35 min before bedtime. Great parent control ... More

  • Junoii

    Mine has had an iPad since he was 1 1/2 , honestly wished we had waited . I would recommend for any child less than 5 years old . It can easily become an obsession for small children , and prevent them from forming key social connections and etc . However, it was recommended by our pediatric development specialist and other doctors to make sure you limit how much time is spend on devices no mat... More

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