Cell Phones Have Age Limits?

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Should cell phones have age limits? According to the Denver Post, there should be. Colorado officials have proposed a ballot that would help establish the nation’s first legal limits on buying smartphones for children under 13 years of age. This is brought about when an anesthesiologist from the Denver area, Tim Farnum had limited the screen time of his 11- and 13-year-old children.  He stated “If you tell them to watch the screen time, all of a sudden the fangs come out.” So, should cell phones have age limits? For that fact, should…

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The Most Memorable Homemade Present

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If your kids are anything like mine, you get at least one homemade present every time your birthday or Father’s Day rolls around. It could be a handmade card, a collage, or some kind of little cardboard box. For me, there’s one homemade present that is more memorable than any of the others of I’ve received since. For the purposes of this story the words “homemade” and “present” are taken very loosely. Warning! Things are going to get gross!!! This happened about 10 years ago. I had been a father…

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The Blind Bag Phenomenon

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Have you noticed when you’re walking through the toy aisles that there are a heck of a lot of “blind bag” toys on the shelves? What do I mean by blind bag? It’s usually some kind of small toy that is part of a series in a bag or box with no indication of which toy from that series you’re getting. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids go nuts for them! It doesn’t matter what toy line or franchise the blind bags are from — Minecraft, Teenage…

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Hunger-Free Kids Act Changed by New Administration

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Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act In May, President Donald Trump rolled back the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, one of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s programs, which provided healthier options for school cafeterias. This action, along with much of the current president’s decisions, has caused a fair amount of debate. My first reaction to this news was ‘why would you undo something meant to ensure school-aged kids have a healthy meal?,’ but there are some cafeteria directors that are in favor of the president’s changes. The specific change made by President Trump…

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Dinosaur Dig Kit is Surprisingly Engaging

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For Christmas my 10-year-old got a dinosaur dig kit, actually a couple of them, and they’ve been sitting in his room waiting for a day when he needed something to do. So last weekend, when his friends weren’t around and he was at his limit for video game time and there just wasn’t anything he wanted to do, we told him to go up to his room and get one of these dinosaur dig kits. Dinosaur Dig Kit The dinosaur dig kit is pretty simple. It comes with a small wooden…

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When do babies start talking?

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If you’re a first-time parent, as your stare at your baby who may or may not be making some kind of angry dinosaur-like sounds, you might be wondering to yourself when do babies start talking? And the answer is…there isn’t really a straight answer for that. Every baby is different and every baby develops at different speeds. However, as your baby grows and develops, you’ll want to be on the lookout for certain signs. When do Babies Start Talking? Around 2 to 3 months old, your baby starts making cooing…

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How much time should kids spend on the phone?

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How much time should kids spend on the phone? This is a common question that a lot of parents ask. When it comes to screen time on a phone or tablet and kids it seems like everyone tells you something different, and it seems like they’re always changing what they’re saying too. With my kids I try to go by the general guidelines of our pediatrician and use my own better judgement. The pediatrician says no more than an hour a day for my grade school aged kids is best.…

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