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

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

7 Safe & Free YouTube Alternatives for Kids of All Ages

Who needs YouTube with these great alternatives?

Are you looking for YouTube alternatives for your kids? While I believe that YouTube can be safe for kids when you have the right settings and precautions in place–and if you’re picky about channels–I can also completely relate to a desire for something specifically designed for kids. Related: How to Create Screen Time Rules That … Read more 7 Safe & Free YouTube Alternatives for Kids of All Ages

The Best Educational YouTube Channels for Preschoolers

Need a quick go-to list of clean, educational YouTube channels for your preschooler? Look no further!

Let’s talk today about some of my family’s favorite educational YouTube channels for preschoolers! Anyone else have a kid who’s obsessed with watching videos? I’m pretty sure my three year old isn’t the only one. The frequency with which he asks if he can watch a video is a little ridiculous, especially since the answer … Read more The Best Educational YouTube Channels for Preschoolers