Safely Protecting Children Online: Child Control App

The Best Child Control app for your child’s tablet or phone. And why my family chooses them.

"Screen time" is often talked about negatively, but electronics can have a lot of benefits too and the fact is, our world is turning more digital. 33% of public schools offered full-time remote instruction and 10% offered hybrid to students in June 2022, according to National Center for Education Statistics. Every child in our public school district has their own tablet to use in school and at-home.

Tablets and other devices can be an excellent source of educational games and learning resources, as well as wholesome entertainment. They are also a way for children to build fine motor skills and even continue friendships with school friends during breaks.

Safely Protecting Children Online: Child Control App


I am going to be honest; I think about what too much screen time is for my children, but I have trouble managing it on my own. My husband and I also worry about our children using their electronic devices responsibly. We want to make sure they only have access to age-appropriate content and don't become victims of sexual predators. My daughter is now twelve and my son is eight. We have decided we want to avoid them having social media as long as possible.

In a recent survey, 84% of parents reported that they are worried about their child’s online safety. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of screen consuming entertainment media. This includes (but not limited to) computers, televisions, video game consoles, tablets, and phones.

3 Ways to Protect Children Online

7 Innovative Ideas for Quality Time and Shared Activities with Adolescents

Spending quality time with younger children tends to come easy. They not only enjoy your company as you do theirs, but they are all eager to learn and discover new things about life. However, it's an entirely different kettle of fish when it comes to teenagers! While most people will believe that it is impossible to connect with your teenage daughter or son, there are actually plenty of great ways that you can do just that. This article will explore a few of the more innovative ways to approach it and enable you to enjoy your time together as you both pass through the neverending dimension of time.

7 Innovative Ideas for Quality Time and Shared Activities with Adolescents

How to Help Your Kids Choose a Bike: A Guide

Choosing the right bike for your kids can be a daunting task, especially with the myriad of options available today. It's not just about finding the coolest-looking bike - it's about selecting one that's safe, appropriate for their age and size, and suits their intended use. Whether your child is learning to ride for the first time or ready to upgrade, here’s how you can make a well-informed decision.


Why Early Childhood Education Matters

Children are like sponges, and what they experience in the early stage of their life has a continuing effect on their brains' development. It's been said that if genes are the roadmap, experiences make the neural relation that forms the bases for their language, emotions, motor skills, memories, and vision.



It's the reason early childhood education is critical. It's a crucial and formative period in the development of a child. Their experiences and opportunities during these early years profoundly impact their future learning and development.

6 Details To Buy And Make Your Children Happy

Children are the happiest when they have what they want. It is not a secret that almost all children like to play with toys. However, there are specific details that can make them even happier. In this blog post, we will explore 6 details that you can buy and make your children happy. From clothes to accessories and more, read on to learn more about how to make your children's lives even better.



7 Tips to Support a Child's Mental Wellness

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My son has been having some trouble in school. It isn't because he isn't smart because he is, but he has been having a difficult time trying to focus. So, I have been working with him to try and pinpoint exactly what his needs are. Getting him glasses was a great start, but some of the problems continued. So, I have been doing a lot of research and thought that I would share my findings with you all in case you are wanting to help support your child's mind health too and help them excel.



"I See Me" Personalized Children's Book {#TuneOfJune Giveaway Hop, Ends 7/1}

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We recently had the opportunity to review a new title from ISeeMe called "I Wish You More". It is personalized with a child’s name on the cover and throughout the story. The book can even be customized with a photo on the dedication page. As an added personal touch, "I Wish You More" includes a printed dedication from the sender, making it an extra-special gift for a child’s graduation, birthday or “just because”. My daughter recently "graduated" from 3K and I thought this book would be perfect for her.



My daughter loves seeing her name on every page in the "I Wish You More" book. I love that it is from New York Times bestselling book creators and published by Chronicle Books. The quality of this book is perfect and it makes the perfect gifts for any occasion.

ELPH Band Review & $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Baby Safety Month + #Coverplug Giveaway

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As Baby Safety Month comes to a close, I thought I would share a little round up of the safety tips on the blog plus have a little giveaway. This post is not to be judgmental, it is just to inform. I have made almost ALL of these mistakes along the way and I hope you can learn from me.


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Just Pretend Kids Review {#SummerSweeping Giveaway Hop, Ends 8/15}


My daughter LOVES playing pretend, dressing up, and all thing make believe. So when I received the opportunity to review a tutu and wings set from Just Pretend Kids, I jumped all over it.

 

I let my daughter decide which one she would like. She chose the Turquoise Tutu from the Nina Collection and Turquoise & Purple Flutter Wings to match. And I'm fairly certain I know why. She loves the movies Frozen and The Pirate Fairy. Elsa wears a blue dress and the blue pixie dust is the key in The Pirate Fairy.

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Little Cosmetics Pretend Make-Up Review & Giveaway, Ends 5/7

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A few weeks before little man came, I received the opportunity for SweetPea to test out Little Cosmetics Pretend Make-Up. I decided to put it in the gift that the new baby was going to give her at the hospital. You can see her whole gift HERE.

It was exciting to see what exactly comes in the kit:

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Kiddos #MyKindOfHoliday

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It's that time of year again! Are you making your list and checking it twice? I am going Black Friday shopping solo this year and you know Target is definitely one of my go to stops. I have some ideas of what to get the kiddos in my life, thanks to Target. How about you? Are you an out-of-the-loop aunt, uncle, or grandparent and have no idea what to get the littles in your life? Well I have made a cheat sheet just for you!

1. Board games or get up games like this Chasin' Cheeky Game. SweetPea has this game and it so much fun to watch her and her friend B run around chasing after him trying to put the rings on his tail.



2. How cute would this car be? My daughter has so much fun with these little cars now that she is old enough to push herself around the room. And with Minnie? What 3-year old little girl isn't a huge Mickey/Minnie Mouse fan?!



3. We are huge Disney Princess fans in this house, especially of Rapunzel. And music is so essential to a child's development. This little guitar would be perfect for any little budding star.



4. My niece would fall head over heels in love with this Barbie House! Could you imagine walking in the door with this? You would definitely be the cool aunt/uncle. ;)



5. This hoop is great because it encourages the kiddos to get off the couch and exercise! What a fun hoop! We had one of these growing up and they last FOREVER!



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What are you getting your little ones for Christmas? Share and let the clueless relatives out! :)

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Tips for Vacationing with an Infant






Panama City Beach here we come! Yes there are TWO WEEKS until our vacation so (since I am doing my own bit of packing) I thought I would share my advice and experience for packing with a small child/infant.

There are SO many things you need when you are going on vacation for a child. Things that aren't even in your normal every day life that you wouldn't think about packing.




First of all you need to think about where your child is going to sleep. We took a pack-n-play for my daughter to sleep in last year and plan to do the same this year. BUT if you have limited space, maybe you can call the hotel/condo and see if they have a crib, pull away bed, pack-n-play, or some other portable bed for your child to sleep in. Some nights my daughter would end up in the bed with us. I was still nursing and it was only in the wee hours of the morning. This is what she was use to at home though. I suggest trying to stick to your normal sleep schedule as much as possible or slightly adjust it as the days go on. Just remember that when you get home, your child will still be on vacation time if you change their normal routine too much.

Next thing to consider is food. If your baby is on formula, you should DEFINITELY bring enough formula for the entire trip so you can make sure you can get the good deals. What I highly suggest is buying snacks or foods that your child loves but doesn't get very often, that way when you are out at a restaurant, they have their pre-meal snack and are pre-occupied with it as well. And if you don't mind nursing in public then I wouldn't worry about a pump. But if you milk share or are a power pumper and you are flying, I would call the airline ahead to make sure they know you are bringing breastmilk on board and ask for any of the rules that go with that.

Okay so now that the two main factors are considered. Remember you are going to need two outfits per day. Plus an extra outfit, just in case. Also bring as many bathing suits as you have. If you can afford it, I suggest getting at least two bathing suits for your little one. That way they don't have to put on a cold one. Little ones just don't understand and won't want to put it on or will scream, so it will save you the headache.
 
Remember the sunscreen! I suggest BabyGanics because the FDA doesn't regulate sunscreen and this one is really the safest for baby on the market. 
Also remember to bring any loveys and a backup if you have it. Also anything that will make the new place like home. If you do a bed time routine that includes reading, then bring books. If your child prefers a certain type of sippy cup, bring only that kind along. Children don't do well with change and this will make the adjustment easier and help you stay sane.
 
Other Quicklist Helpful Tips:
*Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
*Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
*Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up if you are traveling by airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
*Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
*Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
*Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
*Take the phone number for your baby's healthcare provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.
 Congratulations. You are now going on a trip with a child. It is no longer a vacation. But you will still have a blast!
 Did I miss anything? Leave me a comment letting me know what is something you ALWAYS remember to pack. :)

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