Anyone else play Pokemon Go as soon as the kids are at school and text the photos of the epic Pokemon you caught while you are traveling? I didn’t think so. In case you like electric types as much as we do, there are a few fun things on our Pokemon gift list.
I have two boys and very real concerns (read: I’m petrified) about their entry into the digital space. While I haven’t been one of the parents who refrained from submitting the kids’ photos or names into cyberspace, I am one of the last hold-outs for allowing them an instagram account. There’s also been a significant amount of avoidance about when they can get cell phones. After a lavish essay about why instagram is a good thing, our older child was awarded his own profile, with very strict rules and unlimited access by me. As I now venture into parenting kids who will eventually own a mobile phone, a roundup of parental control apps is in order.
My kids are going back to school next week and I know, as always, there will be a period of adjustment while we get used to the new routine. And with my oldest off to Grade 6 and the increased independence that entails—it’s not just the kids who will take a while to adjust to the new world order. With a home that’s on a busy street in a big city and a new routine and, safety is a big concern for me, so when I was offered an opportunity to review the Netatmo Welcome Camera, I jumped at the chance.
Living near a large city has its perks; there is always something fun happening, indoors and out, and going into the city is a great way to spend the day together as a family. I know that’s how I should feel, but for years I didn’t. I work in that same big city, and couldn’t wait to get home to my suburban life at the end of the day. It’s not because I don’t love the city; I do. It’s not because I don’t know about all of the amazing sights, events, and activities the city has to offer either, and it’s not because we don’t have a pretty reliable transportation system to get us there.
I love it when I’m testing out a highly educational app and my sons both stand watching behind me in awe, before grabbing the phone so that they can play it themselves. Flip4Gold is a free dice app (actually reminiscent of a bar game that I played for hours at a beach bar in Belize!) that reinforces math skills for kids… and adults. There are two levels of the game – a Jr. version for 5-7 year olds (which is also available for android), and the original, which my 8 year old loves and I found myself playing for hours.
I am a tradition-a-holic. From a very young age, I have been addicted to the traditions that surround each holiday. Meticulously sorting Halloween candy with my brother, reading holiday-themed books with family, piling into a vehicle with friends to go on a Christmas light tour, and hand-decorating Valentine’s Day cards for classmates. Traditions are an integral part of each holiday and they are what evoke feelings of nostalgia, comfort, and most of all connection with each other.
There are few treats in life as precious as a photograph that communicates instantly with a viewer, and Annie Griffiths does this with every shot. One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career.
As autumn is on its way, Yellow Pages wants you to make the most of summer by helping you throw one last ultimate backyard barbecue party. They offer an Ultimate Backyard BBQ media kit.
They had me at Jem and the Holograms!!! And Curious George. Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that can be viewed on computer, mobile or tablet. As a parent, you can customize it for your kids so that they get the content they desire while you set the limits that you feel are appropriate. And given that it’s ad-free, you won’t get the “MOMMY look at that toy! I NEED one.”
In the special Parents Room area, you can create up to 5 profiles for each of your children. Well… and maybe one for you too. The vintage content took me back to my school days and the National Geographic shows about sharks and earth completely hooked me! There is even a section for new episodes of favourite programs.
As a mom, I am constantly trying to figure out my ‘screen time’ rules. Given that there are even iPads in the school to help with learning, I tend to give the kids extra time provided they use half of it for educational play. That said, when it comes to TV and other passive activities, I want to ensure they don’t go overboard. Time limits can be placed on viewing through the secure Parents Room.
Our family has been trying Kidoodle.TV for two weeks – one of which we were traveling to Disneyland and San Diego. While the weather was perfect for swimming, rides and making memories with Mickey, I found that the level of stimulation in the course of any one day became overwhelming. When behaviour became cranky and the kids needed ‘downtime’, it was incredible to sit the boys in front of the iPad to watch content that I didn’t have to worry about. It was also a special bonding experience as they saw my eyes light up at the retro content.
Wan to to give it a try? Kidoodle.TV is offering UrbanMommies readers a 25% off code for a year subscription. This coupon expires June 30, 2014. Discount code: MCC25.
Disclosure: I am part of the Kidoodle.TV blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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