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When Rules Slide

In a family, every member is in perpetual motion. Kids are evolving, getting smarter. Their needs are shifting— they progress, regress. Parents have their eye on the ball, and then they don’t. Distracted, tired, sick, preoccupied, traveling… we lose our grip, and the rules start to slide. Our kids know this all too well, and can sometimes use it to their advantage. As much as it’s a pain, I expect this to happen in my home. In fact, if your…

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3 Pet Tech Products I’m Rolling Over For

PetCube Play: Pet Tech

If you’re a pet owner, you know that a pet isn’t just a pet— they’re part of your family. You likely have a framed photo of your pet somewhere in your house. If you could set a place for your pet at the dinner table, you probably would (and I have it on good authority that some of you do).  So, if you’re sporting a Fitbit and slipping sensors into your shoes, it makes sense that your pets wouldn’t be far behind…

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Is Technology Hurting Your Relationship?

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My husband and I will be married 20 years this May, so we both remember a time before personal technology entered our marital orbit. I’m happy to say that we’re a closely knit unit and a great partnership. And yet a mistress makes tiny assaults on our relationship daily. I’m not talking about another woman, but rather lots of other women, and men too. And YouTubers and fake news and cat videos and gossip sites— all packed neatly in a device that’s pocket-sized…

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I’m a Mac… my daughter’s an Android?

Verizon Google Pixel vs. iPhone

Once upon a time, Apple was the epitome of cool. The booming tech company (led by a turtleneck-wearing genius) released one innovative product after another. Computers, phones, watches, and more, it seemed as though Apple could do no wrong. But then, things started to change. Apple maintained its reputable approach, but other companies started to catch up. Attitudes changed. Suddenly, the once nerdy Android was a clear competitor to cool-kid Apple. Plus, a new generation of users came of age,…

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Carley’s 2016 Holiday Gift Picks: For the Kids

Best Tech Toys for Kids

We’re nearing the end of gift guide week, but not before we make sure the kids are covered. Here are some of the best tech gifts for kids, large or small. The Nintendo Classic NES system might remind you of your 80s glory days, but this sold-out console is way more sophisticated— it contains dozens of games (no cartridges necessary). And that friendship bracelet is actually a future coder’s dream come true— you can make them light up when BFFs…

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7 STEM toys that will get your kids coding

STEM Toys for kids: Project BLKS

With National STEM Day just around the corner, I want to share some fun new ways to teach your kids how to code (don’t worry, there’s no parental coding experience necessary). But before I jump into that, let’s talk about the STEM movement, which is all about encouraging kids to pursue their love of science, tech, engineering, and math (hence the acronym). Why is this important? Not only are these study areas rapidly shaping the future job market, they also encourage our…

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