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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?

  • annag
    Mar 25

    bicycle helmet? jacket? mittens? of course, those can all get lost, too.

  • PK
    Mar 25

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

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

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

Jessica posted in In-Laws Feb 06

Family social media posts

So my husbands family likes to posts pictures of our daughter on social media, which I actually have a huge problem with (that’s 700+ strangers per family member) but I let it go. But they constantly post pictures portraying our daughter as my husbands sisters child, caption and all, implying she belongs to my sister-in-law, and they DO NOT correct people when they comment. They actively crop m... More

  • Sarah
    Feb 07

    Have you talked to your sister in law about it? It doesn’t sound she’s taking part of all this drama, so I’m curious how she feels about all of it. Would imagine she might be hurt that her family is trying to project a different life for her, showing the world what they wish her life was. If she’s upset about it too, she might be better able to stop the behavior than you. And if not, at least ... More

  • Julieann Dela Cruz
    Feb 12

    This is exactly how my in-laws are. My sister in law goes around telling people that my son is her son and no matter how many times I talk to my in-laws and bf they don’t listen to me at all. And now I am almost 5 months pregnant and my in-laws are already claiming that my baby is there’s. My sister in law claims that as well due to all of their sibling looking alike. My son came out looking li... More

Brooke posted in Education Jan 28

Learning apps

Anyone have any recommendations for learning apps for an almost two year old? My daughter got a tablet for Christmas and she’s mainly only been watching shows and movies on it. I try to limit her screen time but I would really like to start showing her some apps that teach words, colors, animals, etc... something that will get her thinking on top of when I read with her and do flash cards. Than... More

MM posted in Technology Jan 19

Has anyone had any experience with ABC MOUSE?

  • Sabrina
    Mar 04

    My 3 year old hated ABC Mouse but loved Reading Eggs! You also get a free month with Reading Eggs

  • MM
    Mar 23

    Thank you guys. Turns out that my little one didn't like it after all.

Anonymous posted in Technology Jan 14

WiFi Dangerous

Curious if anyone has thoughts on WiFi and potential health risks. My husband is a tech guy and we have a lot of smart devices in our home, including an echo dot in our kids room. (We use it for lullabies). Anyway, Grandma has some strong opinions on this ... and I’ve honesty never thought twice about it. Caught between techy husband and hippie dippy Grandma 🤷‍♀️

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    I would bet that if you shut off your WiFi, grandma would just find something else to have a “strong opinion” about.

Tracking Devices for Children

Does anyone use these devices for their children and if so can they recommend one?

  • Emily
    Jan 01

    My brother gave his sons watches that he got through his cell phone provider. They allow calls/texts to only the 5 programmed numbers and has A pretty long range GPS feature - kind of like find my phone.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 01

    Z, it uses the Bluetooth of other tile users, to make a “tile net” if there are enough users. My hubby stuck a tile on the underside of his bike at burning man, and some one stole the bike. He was able to locate it, about half a mile away. I think that if you’re in a crowded place like a mall or festival a tile would work to locate a lost kid.

Tracking devices for Children

Does anyone use these devices for their children and if so can they recommend one?

  • MM
    Dec 31, 2018

    That's a good idea. Thank you Heather

  • MM
    Mar 24

    Hi Heather, I was wondering if you ever received that tracking watch that you ordered. If so, how's it working for you? I'm still looking for something.

Buying a tablet

So. I plan to buy my two year old baby boy a tablet. Decisions. Decisions. I have an iPad that he uses but I don’t like the fact that he can click anywhere / everywhere and do what he wants. (Half the time playing music) I want something way more kid friendly. I’ve been looking into the Amazon fire. Any recs? Do any of you have a fire? And what size? The 10 looks huge. Thanks.

  • T
    Dec 21, 2018

    I bought my son a refurbished iPad off Groupon. Put a kid friendly case on it& only age appropriate learning apps. He’s done great better than his teenage siblings 😬 now I’m debating on purchasing abc mouse for the yr or not.

  • Beja
    Dec 27, 2018

    We got her the Amazon fire at 2 years old, mostly for videos and movies during long car rides. The prime video options allow you to download different shows and movies without needing wifi or data to view it. The Netflix app allows you to do the same. It has been a life saver since we take trips frequently. We got this foam case that has a handle on it so she carries it like a little briefcase,... More

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