In guidelines produced last year, parents were advised to limit screen time to one to two hours a day for children between the ages of two and five years. New research suggests these recommendations aren't producing the desired psychological benefits, and that the recommendations are unreasonably strict. But given how much we still don't know about the effects of excessive screen use on young children, there's still reason for concern.
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They say parents will do anything for their kids, but surely there has to be a line that gets drawn somewhere after dressing up like Santa, but before having to wear this Piggyback Driver helmet. It lets kids steer where they want mum or dad to go while getting a piggyback ride, but shouldn't kids just be happy that they don't have to walk?
It's a good day to be frustrated with something ridiculous your parents did, because Marieke Voorsluijs will help put it in perspective. Frustrated with her teenage son's reluctance to cuddle, she created a knitted doppelganger of him that makes whatever stupid thing your parents did seem not so terrible.
I know breast milk is good and all, but when I became a mum I was kinda shocked at how often it was cited as a cure-all for anything that ailed my newborn. That's not just because of the nutritional value. It turns out my baby's immune system is communicating with mine THROUGH MY NIPPLES. And now that I know how it works, I kid you not when I say I am staring down at my boobs in wonderment.
This sounds extreme, but first let me ask: how many parents do you think actually keep track of their kids' screen time? If the TV is on but one of the children wanders out of the room, does that count? What if they're following along to a yoga video? What if the kid borrows mum's phone at dinner to ask Google what snails eat?
As much as parents want to protect their kids, it's damn near impossible today to totally block access to the internet. Google is moving forward with plans to create child-friendly versions of its most popular products to help kids under 12 go online safely.
Enjoy peace and quiet? Like it when you get to unwind? Maybe you look forward to a weekend filled with nothingness. If you have kids, all that alone time gets replaced with blaring pop music wondering what certain animals sound like and dolls getting smashed on your shoulder. Every damn day. What a wonderful trade off!
We weren't exactly blown away with Belkin's WeMo home automation system, but for just $US90 its new Wi-Fi enabled WeMo Baby sounds like an affordable way to keep tabs on your kids. It turns your iOS devices into portable baby monitors that work anywhere on earth -- at least anywhere you have a mobile internet connection.