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Limitations On Electronic Devices for Children

Do you let your children play with electronic devices? Does your child have his or her own personal IPad, IPhone, IPod, Kindle Fire, Nook, or similar device that can connect to the internet? If so, I’m curious to know about the boundaries and rules you have put in to place regarding it’s use.

How closely do you monitor what your children are doing on these electronic devices? Do you sit with them and participate in the activity or do they get to have free time alone to use it all by themselves? Have you placed time restrictions on when the devices can and can not be used? Is there a time limit when the kids do get to use it? Do you use it as a reward or privilege or just something they can use whenever?

My daughter can use my IPad to play on the applications I have downloaded for her as long as her chores are done and she has made good choices during the day. I do limit the amount of time she is on the IPad but it depends on what she is doing. I let her play on the learning apps for almost as long as she wants as long as they are the educational apps and not something like baking cupcakes or dressing up a doll. I want her to view learning as fun and there are many applications that help me accomplish just that.

Trying to have my creative voice in writing

Guest post written by Tim Hall

I’ve never been great at drawing or painting, but something that my teachers always told me in school was that I was a good writer. Sometimes I wish that I had gone into writing as a profession but that’s much easier said than done. Well, now I’m going to try and pick it up again as a way to have some fun.

I’ve been doing my research to see exactly how I can really get started creative writing in the right way. I have found all kinds of great tips online about how to really get started with creative writing. I mentioned something about it to my kids, so they got me a nice little journal for my birthday. It was so sweet because they had really paid attention to know to get that. I plan to fill up that and many journals.

Translation options in Chrome

One of the things that I like about the Chrome browser is that it automatically tells me if a webpage comes up is in a language other than English, tells me what language it is, and offers to translate it for me. Often I will agree to let it translate for me because I think that the webpage looks interesting, or I’m feeling like I want to broaden my horizons a little bit and try to learn what some of the words mean. That is how I learned that the phrase “abogado de inmigracion” is Spanish for “immigration lawyer.” I wonder if I could learn to read Spanish just using that Chrome browser translator.

Clever Puzzle Pieces

Lady Bug and I had a play date this afternoon. While at her friend’s house I saw something extremely clever. Every wooden puzzle had a small piece of Velcro on each piece and it’s corresponding hole.

I thought this was shear genius! I love that Lady Bug could pick up the puzzle and move it to a different area without all if the pieces falling out. This also allows for vertical storage of the puzzles so she can flip through a few to find the one she wants like on a bookcase.

I live this idea soo much that I’m going to stop off at the craft store tomorrow and pick up some Velcro for our puzzles.

Christmas Performance at Preschool

Ladybug had a Christmas performance at preschool this morning. She was soo cute. All of the girls and boys in her class were dressed as little elves. There were also angels, reindeer, and Santas in other classes.  Each child was adorable in the costumes they had made. I think my favorite were the painted on red noses that a few reindeer had. Each class sang a few popular Christmas songs including Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ladybug did a fantastic job and smiled the entire time. I just wish I had a better seat to capture the special memory.

I tried to get to the school early but then I remembered a little bit before it was time to go that my phone was almost full and I wouldn’t be able to take any pictures or videos. I quickly plugged it in and started transferring all of the images to my computer so that I could make space for new pictures and videos from the performance.

It took 18 minutes to move it all which put me behind schedule. I ended up getting to the school about 5 minutes before the show started. That meant that I had a crappy seat and it was hard to see over every person in front of me with their cameras held high. Note to self, clean out the camera ahead of time and always plan to be at school shows at least 30 to 45 minutes early if I want to get a decent seat.