How To Raise Digital Natives: Advice On Age-Appropriate Technology

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Raising children in this digital age can be rather tricky and can also take its toll on us parents. Children are easily drawn to them, and as parents, who almost always want to keep our children happy, we tend to give in more often than we intend to. Read on for a few tips and tricks on how we can get these devices and technology to work to our advantage and to benefit our children more.

Digital devices have become major tools that we utilize in everyday life. You and your family likely have many devices within your home that are reflective of our current tech boom. As you raise your digital natives, you must be prepared to introduce and orient them with various forms of technology. It’s important that you guide and monitor your child’s interaction with devices like the television, computers, tablets and smartphones. Each device is classified with varying degrees of age-appropriateness, educational benefits and potential negative effects. Here is a list of digital devices your kids will encounter and an exploration of their pros and cons:

Television

Television is commonly thought of as an entertainment device that merely provides an escape. However, there are many benefits of television, as it can engage the viewer and transmit information quickly. Educational videos are wonderful resources for kids ages 3-17 years old. However, pediatricians say that television shouldn’t be watched before age two. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found, from a study in 2011, that children under 2 years old can’t cognitively comprehend what’s being projected on the screen and retain that information. Recently though, the AAP has begun to change its tune on knowledge retention from television use. They acknowledge that kids can learn and benefit from television if it requires interaction ~ which many new generations allow for. Interactive responses transmitted through touch or speech response can induce learning and create solid connections in your baby or toddler’s brain.

Computer

A computer is one of our best resources for exploration of information. Your child will be required in many educational settings to use a computer and the internet. Create solid boundaries and rules around computer use so the device doesn’t become harmful or used for the wrong reasons. Make sure your kids are old enough, around the age of five or so, to understand that food and beverages can’t be around the computers. Have special security settings on the internet, so they have limited access to the world wide web. There is unlimited content on the internet, a good portion of which is explicit and inappropriate for kids. To help, PCMag has compiled a list of the best parental control software which monitor and filter internet content. [Read more…]

Where To Get The Best Baby Products Online?

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As parents, we only want what is best for our children. We painstakingly make sure that they grow up in a healthy loving environment and ensure that everything we buy for them, yes including the cute stuffed bear, the books, and the innumerable tiny clothes, all contribute to their growth and over-all well-being.

Shopping for baby products is not only tricky, it can also be hard on the pocket. Babies tend to grow too fast and before you know it, they’ve already outgrown half of the items in their closet. That is why mums and dads need to be resourceful, creative, as well as practical when buying items for their little ones.

One of the most convenient ways to shop for baby stuff is buying babies wear online. Not only is it convenient and easy, it also allows mums to browse through different baby items while comfortably working at home or looking after the baby.

I have been doing online shopping for a good number of years now and as always, I am excited to discover new and reliable online stores. Recently, I stumbled upon Highqualitybuy.com, This shop carries affordable and high-quality products not only for babies but for adults, too. Most of the items are up for free shipping and they also have patient and reliable customer service.

Here are a couple of my cute finds from this store:

1. Tulle Ruffles Bow Bodysuit Romper Mini Dress for baby girls, $10.04. This is quite reasonable-priced for a high-quality item for children. This looks very comfy to wear and is even made from good-quality cotton.

Baby clothes these days have gone from being useful and basic to being very cute and stylish, and I am sure parents have no complaints as these fashionable baby wears make their babies and children look even better. And, of course, it is also up to us parents to help our kids develop a good taste in their choice of clothes, right?  [Read more…]

Preparing Pool For Winter

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If we can afford it, I am sure we’d have a pool constructed in our backyard for the little one who is so enamored with water that he can spend the entire day dipping and swimming in the pool. I am sure it will be well worth it and Jared will see to it that he maximizes every cent spent on building it.

Pools are really fun but at the same time they require a lot of maintenance.

Most people forget about their pool once the season is over. But, if you do not prepare it for winter, there will be a lot of issues to deal with once the spring comes around.

So, why is it so important to prepare the pool for winter season?

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If you took care of it in time, water within the pool will remain clean and pure until the next seasons and you won’t have to replace it.

In most cases, pool will have to remain fully or at least partially filled with water. This is especially important for concrete pool with ceramic and mosaics.

In case of polyester pools as well as the pools with PVC foil, there should be approximately half of water remaining as a way to avoid damage from underground water.

Besides that, in case of PVC, water keeps the foil always stretched so you are able to avoid wrinkles which appear in case of empty pool.

Anyway, if you already decided not to leave it full, at least leave the minimal level suggested by your pool expert!

This is how much certain pools require:

  • Polyester pool – from 1/3 to 2/3 water
  • Pools with vinyl – from 1/2 to 2/3 water
  • Concrete pools – full

Bear in mind that concrete pools can sometimes stay empty. The main condition is to make sure that there won’t be any underground water bellow it and also, by making sure that it remains covered during the whole seasons keeping it dry.

We also recommend to keep the pool covered during winter (regardless of the type which you have) so that the leaves and other dirt wouldn’t fall in it.

Besides that, you are able to protect certain materials such as polyester by using these covers. Bellow the cover, water will remain warm for a longer period of time without freezing.

Naturally, before covering the pool, make sure that it is clean and algae free.

In case of the pools that are completely filled with water even during the winter, make sure to install a special system which allows water circulation. This will prevent water from falling below 2, 3 degrees Celsius.

Furthermore, if you wish so, your pool can be completely functional during the winter season.

How does the procedure differ based on the pool and equipment?

First and foremost, the entire procedure depends on pool type, how much water will be inside of it, whether the filters will work during the winter etc.

Regardless of the covers, it is best if you add antifreeze to it. The product will protect it from ice pressure preventing any damage to it.

What are the things to keep in mind as I prepare my pool for winter season?

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