Tag Archives: Parenting

Parenting A Connected Teen

24 Jan

Do you had a savvy teen that is online more than 8 hours a day? Experts suggest setting limits.

Ways To Parent A Connected Teen
1. Establish clear ground rules
2. Use phones, desktops and tablets in a common area
3. Make a screen free day – one day a week where you don’t use phones, tablets and desktops
4. No electronics at the dinner table
5. Turn kids phone in at bedtime
6. Play with kids during game time
7. Checkup with kids online activity
8. Set consequences like canceling texting rules are not followed

Do you follow any of these? Do you have any to suggest?

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Parent Magazine Free Subscription

16 Jul

Are you looking for relevant tips on being a parent? I stumbled upon a free magazine geared around parenting called – believe it or not – “Northeast Ohio Parent”. You may have seen it while you sitting in a waiting room, but wait no more. You can get a free copy and start soaking in all the great tips. I have been enjoying it so I think you will too!

Sign-up to receive information on:

  • Parenting
  • Local Kid Events
  • Stress Tips on motherhood
  • Trips with family
  • Medical advice

http://northeastohioparent.com/subscribe

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iPhone Parental Guidance

19 Feb

Parents are you thinking of buying an iPhone for your child? or does your kid already have one? Regardless of your situation, here’s some quick iPhone parental guidance from Leading Hands.

Every iPhone requires an email address as the primary account, so make your email address the primary account on your child’s phone. Every time a new app is downloaded, a confirmation email (receipt) is sent to the primary email address. Now as parents you can see what applications you kids are downloading and easily keep track of them. Use the emails to strike up a conversation and if you deem the apps inappropriate, take action.

Do you have any other iPhone parental tips to share? Here’s a good list of iPhone apps for parents.

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Are You A Rookie Mom?

26 Dec

The other day I came across a website that offers parenting advice from a mother’s perspective. The site features two spunky moms that share their real life experiences with you.

The website says, “This website attempts to answer the question of what to do with a new baby (and what to do with your SELF) every day. For those days when you have trouble dragging your butt out of bed because you don’t know what you’d do, we have ideas. We started this site to share our own good new mommy ideas with each other and our friends. We invite you to share your ideas with us too.”

http://www.rookiemoms.com/

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Mommy and me

16 Aug

Read blogs, forums, articles and product reviews about everything for baby at “Mommy and Me”. This website by DIC Entertainment gives you tips about better parenting.

What do you think of the website?
Http://www.MommyandMe.com

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Creative Play Plus

2 Jul

A new local blog called Creative Play Plus inspires parents to share tips on child rearing. CreativePlayPlus.com centers its content effectively around playing with your children, whether it’s pretend or with Step2’s toys. The website currently features entries on the psychology of children interaction with you and each other. Look for the power of good storytelling and topics that hit home.

http://creativeplayplus.com/

*Thanks to George Nemeth of Brewed Fresh Daily for today’s topic.

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Parenting, Inc

12 Jun

I was listening to a local radio show and heard the author Pamela Paul talking about her recent book Parenting, Inc. She made some great tips about how to be a good parent.

In the fast-paced world of the Internet, people are conditioned to want quick solutions to be big tasks. To be a good parent, a fast, easy solution is not always available. Learn how you can change the way you talk to your kids by browsing this author’s Blog.

http://www.pamelapaul.com/blog/

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Youth Summer Camps

11 Apr

I don’t know if you are thinking about summer yet, but it will be here before you know it. Why not plan some events for your kids? I just saw that TRI-C will be offering youth summer camps. They have classes in archeology, computers, dance, drama, music and sports.

Does anyone recommend any other youth camps?
http://www.tri-c.edu/enrichment

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Does Shrek encourage bad eating habits?

30 May

Recently, National Public Radio (NPR) reported that Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is upset that the massive marketing campaign behind the recent Shrek the Third movie is having an appalling effect on our children’s eating habits. He believes that big-boned green ogre is encouraging our children to eat an array of junk food that in turn is causing them to become fat.

For example, this fictional character is sponsoring:

* Kellogg’s – Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts, Cheez-Its
* Cheetos – They can turn your tongue green.
* McDonald’s Happy Meal
* Pepsi’s Sierra Mist
* M and M’s

Senator Harkin said, “Why isn’t Shrek advertising fresh fruits, healthy vegetables?” Here are some tips to encourage children to eat right.

Do you think Shrek can have an effect on what children eat?
http://www.parenthood.com/article-topics/article-topics.php?Article_ID=10142

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Use DVRs To Control Your Kids Viewing Habits

29 Aug

I recently bumped into an old friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in quite awhile. In the typical fashion, we caught up on life and the barrage of questions included “What are you doing now?” “Are you married?” and “Do have any kids?” When we landed on the children question, an interesting conversation transpired that revolved around how he controls his kids TV-watching habits.

To my surprise, the main tool in the TV control epiphany focused on DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) or you may also have heard of Tivo. What blew me away was that his kids have never seen LIVE TV because everything was being pre-recorded and stored on his DVR’s 80 gig hard drive. He told me that he was accomplishing two things by pre-screening TV. He was controlling the show choices that his kids could watch. My buddy was also discouraging his children from being glued to the TV because he would only play one episode at a time. There was no block of programming that his kids could comprehend. The “Teletubbies” didn’t follow “Mr. Rogers” because the shows were being played out of traditional order. In my research about DVRs, I found out later that this is called time shifting.

What else is so great about a DVR instead of your old VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) is that you can hold so much more content on your digital hard drive than on the traditional videocassette. You can also pause live TV, replay of interesting scenes, and skip advertising with this device. Tivo will also make suggestions of other TV shows you should watch based on your viewing habits. What do these devices cost? Tivo and DVRs cost about $99 for the unit and then about $10- $20 a month for the service.

With our increasing schedules and the amount of channels and programming that we now have available to us Tivo gives us the flexibility to watch a multitude of shows whenever we want. Tivo and DVRs are reshaping the way we watch TV because they make it more easy and convenient to control what we watch and when we want to watch it. In this case, here an idea to use DVRs to effectively control what your kids watch.

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