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 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

29 Awesome DIY Charging Stations for All Your Tech

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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

15 Outstanding TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Parent

One of the best things about technology is the wealth of information it puts right at our fingertips. Of course, that can also be one of the worst things about technology, but when we’re making good choices about how we spend our time online, we can find some really helpful resources for becoming better people … Read more 15 Outstanding TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Parent

How to Practice Intentional Living (in a Digital World)

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I’m a huge believer in the idea of balance. By not letting yourself get carried away by obsession, I believe you’ll live a much more joy-filled life. This concept is definitely true in technology–tech can very easily become all consuming… Social media and smartphones, I’m looking at you! The key to living a balanced tech … Read more How to Practice Intentional Living (in a Digital World)

3 Ways Technology Can Heap on the Mom Guilt (and What You Can Do About It)

Technology can be so useful in our everyday lives. But it can also have negative effects, especially for new moms who are in a particularly fragile time in their lives.

Being a new mom is hard. Everything is unfamiliar, and you’ve never taken care of a brand-new baby before, so you have no idea what you’re doing. And then comes the mom guilt. Technology can be helpful, as we have so many tools and so much information right at our fingertips. But it can also … Read more 3 Ways Technology Can Heap on the Mom Guilt (and What You Can Do About It)

Is YouTube a Safe Place for Kids?

YouTube can be a weird and scary place for kids, but it's still possible to make it safer when you follow certain precautions. Here's some fact-checking on the most recent news about YouTube content on kids videos.

You’ve probably seen the posts going around social media about the horrible content that’s cropping up in seemingly innocent videos for kids on YouTube. A child will be watching a cartoon when suddenly the content turns darker–it may be the cartoon characters themselves engaging in violent or sexual behavior, or it may be a scary … Read more Is YouTube a Safe Place for Kids?