Nobody Warned Me (Thoughts from a mom of older kids)

Nobody warned me. Thoughts from the mom of older kids.

When the boys were younger, I volunteered in their classroom. I made dinner and gave them baths and did everything else a “normal” mom would do, dreaming of the days that they would be self-sufficient. I longed for the day they wouldn’t cry at the drop of a hat. The day when they would stop asking for…

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In Defense of Snapchat

In defense of Snapchat: Why I allow my teen to use the controversial app

I’ve written about the Snapchat app before. I’ve told you about why you should monitor Snapchat and other apps, and I’ve written about how it could be a dangerous app for kids. In this time of new technology, technology that we didn’t have as kids, it’s important to be flexible. I have no previous experience…

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OurPact: The FREE Parental Guidance App {And OurPact Tutorial}

OurPact FREE Parental Guidance App Tutorial

While in Phoenix at the Mom2.0 blogging conference I learned about a new free parental guidance app available called OurPact (free download for Apple). OurPact allows you to teach your children how to responsibly use their mobile devices by managing the parental controls on multiple devices with one app–on your device. I’ve tried using parental…

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PLAYMessenger, A Child’s First Safe Messenger App

PLAYMessenger App: Digital training wheels for your child.

You may have seen my posts about how to check your child’s phone and learn about apps that could be dangerous. Today I’m telling you about the app PLAYMessenger (available as iOS and Android), which is a completely safe messenger app for your child to use. It’s been referred to as “digital training wheels” for your child….

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3 Reasons Prepaid Smartphones are Great for Teens

3 reasons why prepaid smartphones are great for teens

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChangingPrepaid #CollectiveBias We recently put Michael on his own cell plan–a prepaid one. Though our current cell provider offers plans for family members, it’s just easier and more cost effective for us to use a prepaid smartphone for…

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The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

Social Life of an App-addicted Teen

Have you noticed the abundance of Smartphones and tablets in our society? You are not alone. People have been noticing that our technology, which is supposed to bring the world together, might actually be dividing us. Instead of face-to-face interaction, everyone is busy texting or using an app on their phone. Adults are not the only age…

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The First Five Apps To Install on Your New Smartphone

The first five apps to install on your new smartphone

This post is sponsored by Life 360. The apps in this list were chosen by me, and all are downloaded onto my personal phone (that means I use them myself!). Did you or your teen just get a smartphone? Congratulations! Your life will never be the same. As someone who has had a smartphone for…

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Help Your Teen find Intentional Acts of Kindness Ideas

Help your teen find intentional acts of kindness

This post is sponsored by Dignity Health, who wants to pair you with the perfect intentional act of kindness in your neighborhood.  I always hear about random acts of kindness, but I don’t like that they’re categorized as random. They might feel random to the recipients, but truly, they are intentional. The giver intended to…

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Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Scavenger hunts are a wonderful way to make gift opening last a little longer when your kids get older and ask Santa for more expensive gifts. There’s no need to start from scratch when creating your clues because there are several places to find scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens online! Of course, your clues might need to be…

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Gift Ideas: Toys for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone

Gift Ideas for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Looking for some fun tech toys this holiday season? Here are some fun toys for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone that you might love! 1. Plush Pals ($24.95) These adorable plush animals are a must have for any music-loving kid (or adult). Plug Freddy, Manny, or Patch into your iPhone, iPod, or iPad and they’ll sing your favorite…

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NETGEAR Prepaid Hotspot: AT&T Unite for GoPhone #LifeConnected

What is a prepaid hotspot, and how can it help my wireless bill?

These days, it’s tough to imagine having no internet connection. For a variety of reasons, we seem to depend on it and are a little lost without it. We use a prepaid hotspot to keep us connected while we are places that don’t have wifi. In the car while on a road trip, while “stuck” in…

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