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Darwin posted in Pre-Teens Friday

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

  • Ivy

    In a tech generation, I know my kids will probably have a smart phone by middle school. I for the most part don’t have a problem with that as much as I used to, because now, smartphones have filters and smarter capabilities where there are limits for apps (apps can’t be downloaded without a passcode), and data and family plans are cheaper. I definitely agree to limited phone usage, but I do h... More

  • Bobby
    2h ago

    Awww ... That sounds like such a boring sleepover for the other girls!!! I’d be more proactive about inviting more friends to your house with a no phone rule for the other girls in your house. And still not give a smart phone to her.

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

    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?

  • Anne
    Jan 21

    I used it and it didn’t hold my kids attention as well as other apps. They are using Teach Monster to Read for phonics right now and they love it.

  • Jeff
    Jan 23

    Many libraries offer ABC Mouse if you want to try before you buy.

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?

  • Heather
    Dec 31

    I just ordered a tracking watch. It hasn’t arrived yet. I’m worried my daughter will accidentally set off the alarm. I’ve also debated giving her my old iPhone just for games instead of a tablet. Then I can add find my kid and track her that way. Also it listens to the surroundings and I could hear what’s going on around her. I use this app with my mom and gma. Neither answer the phone and ou... More

  • MM
    Dec 31

    That's a good idea. Thank you Heather

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

    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

    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

Best universal online registry tool?

Hi! What is the most user-friendly universal baby registry tool? Have seen Babylist mentioned a lot, also the Bump, Amazon, and I found Zola easy to use for weddings so wondering if that might work too? Features I’d like: - Easy to see if an item has been purchased - ideally pass through shipping info if on another site - Ability to do group gifting (ie for a stroller) Curious what you guys u... More

  • Christie
    Dec 12

    Amazon. They have everything. Baby List is good, too, but they really spammed the heck out of me. Target has great clothes, linens and blankets and their registry is well known and great for those who aren't "tech savvy" but still want to get you something from your registry.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 12

    I used Amazon mainly for simplicity's sake but I've also heard good things about Babylist. I think it's better if you prefer a more curated collection.

Anonymous posted in Technology Dec 04

What are some good educational apps for watching educational videos on android for 6+ ?

  • Tan
    Dec 04

    You can try youtube kids app, check education tab. You can also setup parental control on the app and block and subscribe the channels you feel the best.

  • Desiree
    Dec 09 is a good interactive app. And it’s free

Rodrigo posted in Clothes Nov 28

Baby clothes app

Hi everyone, I’m a first time parent and am expecting with my gf out first baby boy in April of 2019. I’m super juiced! I guess my question is if anyone can recommend any good baby clothes apps to shop? Or if there is any. I’d highly appreciate it! Thanks in advance!

My 8 year old thinks he's going to be a Youtube star celebrity as his life career.

I keep telling him that's not realistic but I don't want to crush his dreams. What should I do or say?

  • Eran
    Nov 22

    Harness the energy! I would support him (ie helping him with shooting, editing, thinking about content ideas, etc) but make sure he’s still doing well at other areas such as school, social activists and sports.

  • David
    Dec 04

    A lot of the skills used in making and editing videos for YouTube are translatable to many modern media oriented jobs, let this hobby be a stepping stone into a bigger, more sustainable world of media creation/advertisement/videography of various types!

Best tablet for a 2 year old?

  • SkyeMarie
    Nov 12, 2018

    Anything is childproof with an otterbox and a kidsmode app

  • Shannon
    Nov 16, 2018

    Amazon fire, yes! You can customize the "free time" apps for age appropriate use.

Have you checked out your kid’s apps?

“I’m a researcher. I want to stay objective. We started this study really just trying to look at distraction. My frustrated response is about all the surprising, potentially deceptive stuff we found.”

  • Anne
    Oct 31, 2018

    This is definitely a problem and the best advice is to stay away from free apps. If you've paid for the app upfront it's way less likely to have ads or deceptive in-app purchase stuff. We have a couple apps that use a subscription model that are really high quality — Endless ABCs, ABC Mouse and Homer. You have a pay a couple bucks per month but they have endless amounts of content and ... More

Screen Time - what is your rule of thumb?

I am curious how much time you all allow your children to have screen time. I have a 21 month old little boy who was able to watch a bit too much TV (Mickey Mouse to be exact) for two weeks and now I’m trying to get back to limiting time, which makes him upset. I had a hysterectomy so I was limited on what all I could do to keep him busy and happy while I was recovering. I am being a stickler, ... More

  • Lindsay
    Oct 30, 2018

    Beth, do you know if PBS has an App for Smart TV’s because it doesn’t look like I have access on DirectTV.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 31, 2018

    if you don't switch on tv consistently, you won't have the screams. kids learn very quickly when the screaming will work and when it will not. have a playground/house/rescue kind of toys available for such moments (the ones you keep in toys 'library' not in the kids room. he will sure enjoy it if there are no tv-options. my daughter had max 30 mins of pretend-play videos and s... More

Screen time in technology-driven world...

I’m intimidated and amazed by parents that don’t allow their children any screen time in this day and age. My family lives thousands of miles away, and I videochat them daily. It helps us stay connected with them and eases the loneliness of being a SAHM in an unfamiliar place. Additionally, I didn’t graduate high school too long ago, and we used technology by way of laptops, projectors, smart... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18, 2018

    The concern with screen time and young children is that they aren’t getting the human to human interaction they need to develop social and communication skills. Kids listen and watch for verbal and physical cues when in discussion (words, facial expression and hand gestures). So with that, I read an article where it said certain type of screen exposure is ok for young kids - like FaceTiming. ... More

  • Damon
    Oct 19, 2018

    It all really depends on the appropriateness of what it's being used for and the physiological abilities of children as they develop. When an adult watches a TV show, we see motion, but what is actually happening is a series of still images changing at 24 frames per second is flashing on the screen. Our brains take those still images and interprets the fast changes into motion, filling in... More

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