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Managing your kids screen time this summer

kids screen time

Well hip-hop-hooray everyone! I am just back from NYC where I shot a Today Show segment that airs THIS MORNING! Catch it if you can in the 10a hour on [sings] N-B-C! And if you’re a new reader, WELCOME! I was chatting with Kathie Lee and Hoda about two imminent issues for parents: How to regulate screen time during the summer, and how to keep kids engaged with learning during the summer and prevent the dreaded “Summer Slide”. According to the National…

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Hooray for Teachers!

KTLA Classroom Tech

Last week, I was on KTLA to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day. I shared some of my favorite gadgets for the classroom, including a few that will make a teacher’s life way easier (and in the case of the connected coffee maker, a lot more fun). If you missed me, there’s a video clip here, then scroll below for a link to all the products in the segment. Congrats to former California Teacher of the Year Mr. Lewis Chappelear, who joined me…

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What I learned about technology during bath time.

online connections: bath rime

A few weeks ago, I took a bath with my daughter: I was in Raleigh, North Carolina, and she was in Los Angeles, California. I was exhausted— I had just flown all day to pay a visit to the HGTV Smart Home 2016, and FaceTimed her to check in once I got to my hotel. She was beside herself: Congested with a doozie of a head cold. Inconsolable, she was crying for me to come home, which turned her into a giant…

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The End of Screen Time Wars?

Manage Screen Time

Parenting in the digital age involves a whole new layer of supervision, education and good ol’-fashioned snooping. Kids left unsupervised on devices can get into all kinds of trouble to be sure, but they also need help building their balance muscle— how to manage screen time so they can grown up to be healthy, happy adults (I write this as I clutch my mobile phone, laptop in my lap, iPad at arms reach— hey, don’t do as I do, kids). Of course, most kids…

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Loving: Cleverpet, a Smart Toy for Dogs

cleverpet: smart toy for dogs

When I’m running from event to event at the Consumer Electronics Show, it’s tough to ellicit an emotional response from me. I’m concerned with the clock, and making sure I see as much as I can before the day is over.  But this product caught my eye and captured my heart from the moment I saw it. It’s called Cleverpet, and it’s a smart toy for dogs, designed to keep their idle paws busy while you’re away from home. The concept starts with a simple truth: A…

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Dinnertime

smartphones at dinner

Depending entirely on my energy level, mood, and what’s in the kitchen, dinner can be the most exciting or taxing part of my day. Sometimes I’m jazzed to whip up a from-scratch salad dressing, chop some cauliflower to roast or tweak a vegan bolognese I’m currently perfecting. Other times, I’m throwing frozen things on a cookie sheet and contemplating the freshness of some old head of romaine. It wildly varies. The truth is, when I’m relaxed and time is on…

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