20+ Awesome Educational Tech Resources for Kids

With the novel coronavirus dominating the news and schools nationwide being cancelled, many parents are finding themselves “homeschooling” for the first time ever… and are turning to educational tech to keep their kids occupied. Maybe you’ve been trying to reduce screen time but are loosening up the screen time rules a bit while your kids … Read more 20+ Awesome Educational Tech Resources for Kids

YouTube Kids App: How to Make it Safe for Your Kids

I have a love-hate relationship with the YouTube Kids app. On the one hand, it can be really nice to put on a video for my son when I just really need a few minutes to get something else done. On the other hand, you’re not supposed to let technology “babysit” your kids, right? I’d … Read more YouTube Kids App: How to Make it Safe for Your Kids

How Can You Make Your Child’s Screen Time More Educational?

The underlying tech philosophy that we try to stick to in our house is that our devices are tools, not toys. That means that we keep our kids fairly low media, and screen time is usually educational. I believe that educational value is one of the things that makes screen time beneficial for kids. But … Read more How Can You Make Your Child’s Screen Time More Educational?

The Benefits of Screen Time for Kids: Why I’m Not a Screen-Free Parent

Are there any benefits of screen time for kids? By now everyone knows there are all kinds of reasons to limit kids’ screen time. Sometimes it feels like a firehose of bad news. And if you feel a little bit overwhelmed by it all right now, I completely understand. But it’s helpful to remember that … Read more The Benefits of Screen Time for Kids: Why I’m Not a Screen-Free Parent

5 Powerful Reasons to Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time

5 powerful reasons to limit your kids' screen time

While I’m not opposed to some screen time for my kids, especially within an educational context, I do believe in limiting their screen time. Screen time for kids carries some very real risks. I believe that some screen time can be beneficial. Screens are not completely off limits for either my 1 year old or … Read more 5 Powerful Reasons to Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time

Screen-Free Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Looking to get the kids away from their screens and engaging with the family this Thanksgiving? Check out this list of fun screen-free Thanksgiving activities for kids! I love Thanksgiving–it’s one of those holidays that people don’t seem to think about a lot… Or at least, retailers would prefer to squeeze it out with Halloween … Read more Screen-Free Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

How to Reduce Screen Time (without Losing Your Sanity)

Poor sleep. Obesity. Aggression. ADHD. Poor school performance. And negative effects on language and cognitive development. I love technology, but with correlations like these (and all these reasons for limiting screen time), I have become very, very careful about how much screen time my children get. When my son was a toddler I was less … Read more How to Reduce Screen Time (without Losing Your Sanity)

The Ultimate Guide to Screen Time Rules, with Tips and Age-Based Guidelines

Screen time rules will vary depending on your family's personality and needs. Here's how you can make rules that stick.

There’s a whole lot of guilt built in to modern parenting. No matter what we choose to do as parents, someone somewhere is probably going to criticize it. It’s no different for screen time rules. You know there are reasons to limit screen time. You know screen time rules are important, but where do you … Read more The Ultimate Guide to Screen Time Rules, with Tips and Age-Based Guidelines

How to Use Trello (A Review of the Popular Productivity Tool)

Trello makes it easy to get organized.

Modern technology offers an abundance of options for getting your life organized and staying on track. I love using OneNote for my bullet journal and find it makes a very effective to-do list. But another popular alternative is Trello. My husband first introduced me to Trello a few years ago–he uses it to collaborate with … Read more How to Use Trello (A Review of the Popular Productivity Tool)

29 Awesome DIY Charging Stations for All Your Tech

diy multi-device family charging stations

When your bedroom becomes a no-phone zone, you might find yourself sleeping better. But having a central charging location helps more than just your sleep–it can also be an excellent way to monitor your children’s phone usage and build family connectedness (when you’re not all being distracted by your tech). Whether your family rule is … Read more 29 Awesome DIY Charging Stations for All Your Tech

6 Reasons to Stop Sleeping with Your Phone

Making your bedroom a no-phone zone can make a huge impact on you and your family

Is it bad to sleep next to your cellphone? It might not be “bad,” per se, but if you stop sleeping with your phone next to your bed you just might end up happier and healthier, sleep better, and improve your relationships. Curious? Read on to learn more! 1. You’ll sleep better with your phone … Read more 6 Reasons to Stop Sleeping with Your Phone