GeckoLife is a social network for families or small groups with privacy features designed with kids’ safety in mind. Parents create their own account and, as part of the setup, have the opportunity to add kids (or can add them later). Parents then can receive notification of their kids’ activities on the network, including approving what they post and what they follow, depending on how the account is set up. Unlike other social networks, there’s no minimum age in the user agreement.
March is National Nutrition Month - a time when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages all Americans to examine their food choices. This year's theme is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle." While some people think that healthy eating means a restrictive diet and bland flavor profile, fans of this column know that healthy eating from all five food groups means a wide variety of foods, flavors and textures, even dessert!
Six years ago my husband and I packed our bags - my drum, an array of books and a handful of last minute keepsakes pressed into our hands at the airport - and left our hometown at Africa's southernmost toe. We began our lives as immigrants in the hard-driving Washington, D.C., metro area just outside the Beltway.
There's a new app to fool people into believing you're in a relationship. The Invisible Boyfriend app. You design your dream guy - give him a name, photo, interests and personality. And for $24.99 a month, you can feel the effects of a rewarding virtual partner with the app that sends you texts, voice mails and a handwritten note from the perfect person you created.
Our children grow up so fast, one minute they are lying in your arms unable to even sit or roll; and the next they are contemplating which college they want to go to. By having a family tradition of keeping and recording the special moments you share together with your child, you create a wonderful collection of very precious memories as well as having a great bonding activity to enjoy in the now. Use your child's dominant sense to choose a suitable medium that will make it a fun experience for all.
Parents need to know that "Finding Spring"is an artful, happy read about a bear namedMaurice whosemom leads him to their cozy den to hibernate, but the little bear cub wanders out in search of spring andencounters snow, as well as forest creaturespreparing for winter.He returns, and when he and his mamaawake and emerge, the spring has gloriously sprung. Author/IllustratorCarin Berger's"The Little Yellow Leaf"was named aNew York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2008."Finding Spring"is a charming,classic story to read and reread, perfect for a home library.
Actor Alfonso Ribeiro and his expectant wife Angela Ribeiro struck a pregnant pose at the premiere of "Focus" in Hollywood, Calif. Looking every bit the doting daddy-to-be, Ribeiro cradled his wife's growing baby bump as they walked the red carpet.
Parents need to know that"The Talos Principle"is a downloadable puzzle adventure game. Players will spend their time reading emails and piecing together what became of a ruined utopia while navigating its many, manyPortal-style puzzles. This is a game where progress is only made when it's earned, with lots of gated sections that can only be unlocked by procuring sacred Tetrominoes that must be carefully arranged on small grids. There are no enemies to blast - just lots of things to think through and tinker with. Even when hazards arise and you're shot at or fall victim to a trap in a puzzle, there's no violence;the game simply rewinds to an earlier section so you can start again.
Parents need to know thatYouTube Kidsis a kid-centric portal to YouTube that features curated TV shows, music, educational videos, and user-created content. There are parental control features in place- like a timer and a way to disable the search feature - but the content is still coming from YouTube, so some videos feature kid-targeted ads. Some videos havemild cartoon violence, some potentially creepy images, and some tween music videos that are tame overall but may not align with some parents' rules for younger viewers. But in general, there aren't any real minefields for parents to worry about, and neither kids nor parentsever enter any personal information.
Smosh, Good Mythical Morning, PewDiePie - the names may not mean much to you, but chances are your kids are on a first-name basis. Their funny hosts, off-the-cuff commentary, silly antics, and bewildering (to adults) subject matter put them among themost popular YouTube channelsfor young teens, garnering millions (and, in the case of game commentary PewDiePie,billions) of views. In fact, according to a recent survey of U.S. teens by Variety,the top five most influential celebrities are YouTube stars. But information about these personalities' shows - the content, quality, and age-appropriateness, for example - isn't easy for parents to find.
1. Do absolutely nothing - on purpose - this March 22, National Goof-off Day. Let each family member suggest no-work ways to fill the day: silly contests (who can stand on a balance board the longest?), card games, LOL movies, eating takeout.
Vaccinations are on the mind of many parents, especially since we are in the middle of flu season. Dr. Chesda Eng, a physician with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, has provided tips for you and your family to keep in mind year-round:
Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there's one key book that captures a kid's imagination and opens him or her up to the exciting world of fiction. Other times, a teacher who assigns great books in class sparks a hunger for more big ideas and fine writing. In some cases, parents influence kids' appreciation of books by sharing their own love of literature and modeling reader behavior - always having a book to read, taking books on vacation, reading before bedtime, making regular trips to the library and bookstore, etc.
Choosing the right swim school for your child requires more research than you might realize. These days, finding the best instructor goes far beyond being certified in CPR and having taken swim teacher training courses. And while group lessons can be highly effective for some children, others really need that one-on-one lesson time.
When you hear the phrase top 10 girls' names, you might tend to think of classics like Mary and Elizabeth, or later long-running favorites Jennifer and Jessica, or the current Sophia. But it certainly wouldn't be Bertha - which in fact was in that golden group for twelve years - or Mildred, up there for close to a quarter of a century.
Looking for an innovative way to sit at a desk or counter top? The Wobble Stool uses a weighted base that allows any seated person to lean forward, or backward, or in any direction while maintaining their balance. This tilting and rocking function gives an opportunity to 'move' while working rather than sitting perfectly still.
Be a Butterfly Hero. The majestic monarch butterfly is in decline and needs our help. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is giving away 10,000 Butterfly Heroes Garden kits to help save the monarch butterfly.
It's never too early to teach kids manners, especially when entertaining. Having additional people around adds an element of excitement youngsters don't ordinarily have to cope with. When toddlers have something to say they can't help but blurt it out. Their enthusiasm just takes over and they forget their manners. Teaching kids not to interrupt adult conversations can be quite simple. Try these three simple tips:
The Wichita Eagle’s annual Oscar Ballot Contest offers a top prize of $350 worth of gift certificates to the Warren Theatres that are good not only for movie admission but also for anything else the theater sells.