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Screen Time vs. Play Time: What the Experts Say

Screen Time vs. Play Time: What the Experts Say

We know this is no new topic, but how much time should kids really spend on gaming systems, cell phones, and other handheld devices? You might be surprised to hear what these parents from the tech space had to say on the matter. In this article from The Guardian, several techy parents are asked to weigh in on the screen time matter. You might be surprised to learn what they think. From parents whose children are enrolled in schools that encourage students to avoid screen time until the age of 12 (that is NOT a typo, by the way!) to parents whose 16 month old child has her own preferred smart phone app, the experience, and the arguments for/against, spans the gamut. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the piece: Continue reading

Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Planning a family vacation is never easy. Not only do you have to think of logistics like how best to get there, where to stay, and what to do while you’re there, but picking your destination can be one of the toughest parts of the planning process. You have to select a location that everyone in your family can enjoy, including your picky eaters, your moody teenagers, and even your hard-to-impress tweens. But if you’re trying to find a unique spot that’s a break from the norm, we think you’ll love this list from Livability.com. Continue reading

Snapchat and Kids

Snapchat and Kids

If you’re a parent of a pre-teen, “tween,” or even teenager, you’ve probably heard of Snapchat – and you may even have some serious feelings about whether Snapchat is appropriate for your kids. We totally get that. But this parenting blog on the New York Times by Rachel Simmons, a youth and social media researcher, author, and co-founder of Girls Leadership, offers a different perspective on the wildly-popular app, and why she thinks parents should take a second look. Continue reading

Motivating Kids to Do Their Homework

Motivating Kids to Do Their Homework

If you have school-aged children, it is likely you’ve heard any one of (or perhaps all of!) the following afternoon gripes:

“Uggghhh, I hate homework!”
“C’mon mom, just 10 more minutes and then I’ll start my homework.”
“Can’t I just do my homework later?”
“This homework is so hard! I don’t get any of it. Can’t you just tell me the answers?”

While we don’t have a magic wand to make all of the homework wars disappear (wouldn’t that be nice though?) we do have a few tricks up our sleeve to hopefully make things more manageable for parents and kids alike.

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