Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Guest Blogger:  Manish Vakil

Playtime: How Your Child’s Activity Improves Development

Physical activity offers a waterfall of benefits, both for our bodies and our minds. But today, people are becoming more and more immobile — that goes for adults as well as children.

There’s good news, though: We’re beginning to recognize that this immobility (and its consequences) are an issue.

All sorts of programs are popping up, initiatives aimed at getting our children moving and combating obesity:
The American Heart Association and the National Football League have partnered on the Play 60 Challenge, which encourages young people to engage in physical activity at least an hour a day.

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama founded the Let’s Move! program, which is fighting against the rise of childhood obesity — an epidemic whose rates have tripled in the past 30 years. 

The United States Center for Disease Control is sharing the stories of young people who have successfully improved their diets, increased exercise and lost weight.

These programs are a fantastic step in the right direction. But how early is too early for your young child to get active?

It’s Never Too Soon To Be Active

Older children join soccer teams and other organized activities. But your child needs to be active, even if he or she is too young to participate in sports.

A study of the relationship between physical activity and comprehensive health in early childhood indicates the benefits of physical activity are sweeping, even for children between 0 and 4 years old. They enjoy enhanced and accelerated:
  • Motor Skills: Active children under the age of 4 have shown advanced skills related to body control, grasping, balance and hand-eye coordination.
  • Social Skills: Preschool students who participate in dance and similar activities show gains in “social competence and externalizing behavior,” and their teachers describe them as “more outgoing and less socially withdrawn.”
  • Cognitive Skills: Physical activity even in the first year of life has been shown to increase language development and early communication, including “facial expression, sounds, vocalizations and babble.”

And, of course, there are known health benefits to physical activity throughout childhood, including heart health and even cancer prevention.

How to Get Your Young Child Active

A collection of scientific studies shows that young children find physical activity most enjoyable when there’s no competition involved. That’s perfect when your child is too young for organized sports and classes.

So, instead of promoting competition, encourage your child to explore many different physical activities. Always support your child’s active play, and cut loose yourself — let him or her know that you’re having fun, too.

For children through 4 years of age, seek out play environments that are safe but that also allow children to make decisions for themselves and to take reasonable risks. All of this will help your child maximize his or her playtime and help achieve the greatest benefit from physical activity.

Discover an Indoor Play Area Near You

Across the United States, indoor play areas are opening (and thriving) as parents look for spaces where their young children can safely play. These indoor play areas are great when it’s too cold outside, great when it’s too hot outside, and great when you just need a space to let your toddler or young child romp safely and constructively for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Take advantage of these indoor play areas as safe spaces where your young child can unlock the benefits of physical activity: improved motor skills, social skills, cognitive skills and more. And let children explore freely, make their own decisions, and take the safe, measured risks that are so important to development.

Not all indoor play areas are created equal, though. The best have studied how to promote development in young children, and their play areas are actually carefully constructed spaces that include a sort of play curriculum.

What Are You Waiting For?
Parents need to play, too. When you need to unplug and relax, there’s no better place to do so than alongside your child at a local indoor play area. Help your child take important developmental steps and forget about the world for a while when you find one of these safe, active spaces near you.

Monday, February 12, 2018


There is something special in pulling out the cardboard box and setting up everything for the ultimate fun of playing table games. Those were times when we didn’t have smartphones or unlimited internet data and those were times when we had so much fun! Do you remember when you had to clean the table so you can all sit around it and play games like Monopoly or Clue? Well, if you don’t, let me remind you:  


Monopoly is a game which lasts about 6 or more hours. It is a game where you buy streets, build houses and hotels, pay taxes and even go to prison! The highly addictive game where you could be a millionaire in one moment and completely broke in another and that is what made it so great. It was a real challenge to actually finish the game.

Guess who?

Yes, it is a board game for two, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t have fun with it. It was a game which developed your sense for details because you had to think about the glasses, the bandana, long or short hair, anything you can think of. The main purpose of the game was to figure out your characters among everybody else.


Cluedo is the game of catching murderers by following clues and it was pretty intense, especially if you were smaller. There are a few newer versions of Cluedo today, but I find the original one the best. After all, I did grow up on it. Cluedo is not just a game of catching murderers. It was a game of finding the murder piece and the murder scene. It is the CSI of table games and I would love to play it now.


The best card game ever is not a table game but it definitely deserves to be mentioned here. It is a game of speed and it is a great source of fun for children and adults. Everything is great until you drop the 4+ card, which means that your opponent has to draw 4 cards or hit you with the same card. Uno is the game where everybody tailors their own rules but no matter how you play it, you will laugh and have fun. I have to admit, I still have it whenever I go on a trip. 

Hungry Hippos

I loved playing Hungry Hippos when I was a kid because the game is so chaotic. There are 4 hippos on a platform (one on each corner) and at one moment you release the balls. That second, the chaos starts. Every player hits his hippo as fast as it can to eat as many balls as they can. The game is loud, fast and it offers you so much fun! I am actually thinking of getting it now because this game looks like a great anti-stress therapy.
Those 5 were table games that made my childhood awesome and I am absolutely sure you know what I am talking about. So, let me hear you, what were your favorite table games?

Author Bio: This trip down game board memory lane was contributed by Mark, a foosball blogger from FoosballZone. He loves reviewing all kinds of foosball tables, from the tournament materials to the small coffee tables. Having a good foosball table offers you fun for hours and if you aren’t sure how to pick the right one, read his post about Harvard foosball table so you can see which are pros and cons you have to consider when you are looking for a foosball table.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


If you have ever handled an umbrella stroller while pushing your child and carrying anything on the handles of it, you know the odds of it tipping over are pretty great.  I always carried a heavy diaper bag with me and one of the things I disliked most was that when I would place the bag on the handles it would inevitably tip over.  Umbrella strollers are super lightweight and convenient.  They are the go-to strollers for most parents once your child gets old enough to be in one.  Now, there is a great new accessory to help out with the never-ending tipping problem.

Whoever invented this made a genius move!  Something so simple to help resolve a problem so common.  The Buggy Balance! The umbrella stroller accessory that is a pair of colorful counterweights which adds stability and balance - less tips, spills & falls!


Basically, the counterbalance weights help prevent umbrella strollers from tipping over backwards when you have something hanging from the handlebars and your little one decides to stand up.

The Buggy Balance ensures that it is universal to install and doesn't interfere in any way with the ability to fold the stroller.

Here's a short clip of how it works:

The Buggy Balance counter weights bring balance to your "buggy!"  They are available on Amazon.com

For more info, you can visit their website: BUGGY BALANCE

Monday, February 5, 2018



If you have kids, especially tweens and teens, you know how difficult it can be to monitor their cell phone usage and what apps they are using.  I know that I was very hesitant when I gave my daughter her first cell phone, as she entered middle school. I knew that almost every single kid in middle school had a cell phone and I was always reluctant to give in but I did. However, she knew it came with a set of rules, restrictions and the possibility of the privilege being revoked if she did not adhere to the rules. I made it very clear that I would be monitoring her text messages, phone calls and photos.

Of course, as she got older, and gained more independence, the rules were revised a little. However, I am still very concerned about monitoring photos and I am adamant about zero tolerance when it comes to bullying (whether it be in person, via cell phone or cyber-bullying!)  Now, I have another up and coming middle-schooler, asking for a cell phone. My son will probably obtain the privilege of cell phone usage within 6 to 8 months or so.  Thankfully, now I know about Family Orbit, an excellent phone app that allows you parental control to protect your kids.  It is one of the best tools that parents have today to keep tabs on their kids and their cell phones.

I recommend that every parent set up a parental monitoring app on their kid's cell phone. You’ll be able to see their location in real time, as well as check their location history and set timers to keep kids on track. Everything changes once a kid has a cell phone, so it is best to be prepared and keep up to date with changing technology and available apps.

Luckily, in today's day and age, the ways to monitor your child's cell phone usage has only gotten better.  Family Orbit enables you to take back control of your children’s safety by monitoring how and where they use their phone, as well as whom they are engaging with when they do.


There is a certain amount of freedom you are giving them as they delve into the cellular world but that freedom does not have to come at the cost of their safety!

Here are some of the features you get when using the Family Orbit app:

1. Monitor phone usage
2. GPS Tracker
3. Limit screen time
4. Parental control
5. Location history
6. Check-in and emergency

and so much more...

Go online today and learn more about the Family Orbit about and their pricing plans.

NOTE: *Three child devices can use the iPhone App but only one iCloud device per license.
For iOS, available only for iCloud based monitoring. ^ Available only for App based monitoring.

Lissette Rozenblat, 
a.k.a. Mommy Warrior
Freelance Writer & Mommy Blogger

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


 (Guest post by Paulo Vega )

11 Dangers you didn't even know existed on your child's social media profile


Is there a single social phenomena in history that has progressed as quickly and dramatically as social media? I can’t think of one.

Websites like Facebook and Twitter have grown from emerging, novel ways to communicate with the wider world, to becoming an all-encompassing cyber-reality that has just as much significance as the real world. This is more evident than ever as the president of the United States famously uses Twitter to communicate with the world.

However, as the benefits of social media have skyrocketed, its more sinister elements have been equally amplified.  The online sphere presents a completely new type of threat to young minds, far more intangible than the dangers we faced as children. It’s every parent’s duty to be critically aware of them.


Social media is so prominent that it’s near-impossible to prohibit your child from using it. Ban them from social media and you run the risk of estranging them from their friendship groups, and turning them into a pariah at school.

However, it’s acceptable – nay, essential – to make sure that you are in control of their privacy settings. A child’s social media profile is effectively the doorway to their life: it needs to be locked to strangers.

There’s no need to be secretive about this. Explain to your child why it’s important to make sure their profile can only be viewed by the friends they accept. Their real life friends.


It’s alarming that so many parents are unaware of this disturbing aspect of social media.

Lying dormant within every picture that is uploaded to a website like Twitter or Facebook is information about when and, worryingly, exactly where it was taken. A series of pictures on a social media profile has the potential to act as a breadcrumb trail to its user’s exact whereabouts.

Only your child’s friends should be able to view the pictures they upload to their profile.


Whilst a child’s pictures can give an idea of their general whereabouts over a period of time, in app location services can function as a real-time live tracker of their second by second co-ordinates.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to impress the importance of never sharing your location upon our children. Equally, it’s easy to innocuously turn on the feature in the settings on a mobile phone. Make sure you deactivate them yourself, and show your child how to turn them off.


It’s an unpleasant truth that social media exposes our children to an entire world of strangers, in a way unlike any before.

Users can send ‘direct messages’ on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook messages from strangers appear as ‘message requests’.

The key here is education. You’ll probably remember your own parents telling you to “never get in a car with a stranger”. And did you get in any cars with any strangers? I doubt it.

Messaging on social media is just a new incarnation of stranger danger. It’s up to us to educate our children, and tell them to report any messages that arrive from unknown entities.


It’s easy to forget how difficult it was being a teenager. You were still working the world out, and learning more about who you were. Teenagers need somebody to open up to.

Some of us kept diaries, some of us wrote letters and some of the younger adults out there will remember staying up all night to message their friends on their Nokia 3310s. Nowadays, most teenagers use social media.

The problem is, posting your innermost thoughts and feelings on social media is quite different to writing a love-letter to your high-school crush. Everybody can see it – friends, strangers, even bullies at school…

More often than not, oversharing leads to regret and sadness. Whilst the pre-internet generations were able to use their early years to make mistakes without consequence, the youth of today find all of their actions permanently recorded on the internet, so must learn restraint at a much younger age.


Within weeks of websites like Facebook first surging in popularity, users were ‘borrowing’ their friends’ computers to write embarrassing or incriminating status updates.

However, what started off as a playful prank – updating your friend’s interests to include their least favorite sports team, for example – has descended into something far more malicious, and abusive.

After some deeply unsavory incidents resulted in hefty fines, account hijacking – or by its unsavory moniker, ‘fraping’ – is now recognised as a crime in many places, punishable by time behind bars.


The Chinese word for computer translates roughly as ‘electric brain’. It makes sense, but perhaps that description is even better suited to a person’s social media presence.

That’s why having your social media accounts hacked is akin to having your brain – and a significant portion of your whole existence – violated.

When most people think of hackers, they conjure the image of a sweaty twentysomething surrounded by several screens, typing bizarre codes and guzzling warm bottles of coca cola.

In reality, a lot of ‘hacking’ in the world of social media is simply a case of innocent users having their passwords guessed. How? Think about your ‘password recovery question’.

If your secret question on Facebook is ‘What was the name of your first pet?’, and you once "instagrammed" a childhood picture of your old golden retriever with a message saying “I still miss Rover”, you’re a prime candidate to be hacked.

When teenagers choose their secret question, encourage them to select something that they will never otherwise write about.


Lots of people associate bullying with physical violence. Fights in the playground, pinching and punching.

But while physical bullying is undoubtedly a problem and should never be tolerated, it was often the more insidious social bullying that had a deeper, toxic effect on its victims.

I’m talking about snide comments and sarcastic jokes designed to humiliate and marginalize their recipients. The sort of cruel campaign that made the victims of bullying spend their school days watching the clock, desperate to escape to the safety of their homes.

Nowadays, there is no escaping.

Unleashed on social media, bullies are free to make vicious comments, or tag their victims in humiliating status updates at all hours of the day.

Our children must know that this is never acceptable, and to immediately report any incidents they experience themselves, or see others on the receiving end of. Many schools take an active role in fighting against cyber-bullying, and will always be there to help its victims.

As well as online bullying threats emerging from a child’s social circle, it’s important to recognize that there is a growing culture of ruthless and brutal social shaming.

An early example of this is the video dubbed ‘star wars kid,’  a homemade video made by a young boy, pretending he had a lightsabre (just like near enough every young boy has done at some point since 1977). The video spread like wildfire, with many internet commentators making cruel and mocking comments by means of their anonymous accounts. The boy, now grown up, needed psychiatric help and dropped out of school. Luckily, the story had a happy ending.

Since the case of ‘the star wars kid’, there have been countless other examples of cyber-bullying on a national, even global scale.

Whilst the internet has led to more freedom in many ways, it also requires its younger users to think before they act, and perhaps have a keener sense of personal privacy than previous generations did at the same age.


Just as a cynical portion of the ‘cyber community’ thirsts for humiliation and embarrassment, it also feeds on outrage, and a desire to be morally superior.

Currently, there is barely a week that passes without another example of an adult posting something ignorant on social media, and finding that their unfortunate comments have been shared millions of times, and are having scorn poured on them by half the planet.

Whilst adults might be expected to think before they type, a big part of being a teenager is making mistakes, and learning from them. The cyber community, however, makes no concessions.

If a teenager expresses a caustic, ill-thought-out opinion, they need an adult to speak to them. To help them examine their comments, and understand why others may find them hurtful or offensive.

What they don’t need is to see their own face splashed across the internet, and be showered with abuse, and even threats. Unfortunately, this is something that many social media users are actively keen to do.


Whilst many of the threats we’ve discussed have come from outside sources, it’s important to ensure that our children have their own priorities right.  No matter how confident they might act, teenagers seek approval. They commonly try on new personalities and characteristics like pairs of shoes, and want to be accepted and taken seriously.

Affirmation has never been so instantaneous than in the form of a ‘like’ button. When a teenager posts something onto Facebook or Instagram, they want likes. They want their tweets to be retweeted. They’re reaching out, looking for acceptance.

Whilst that’s only natural, it’s their parents jobs to remind them that acceptance in the online world is not the key to happiness. Sooner or later, they’ll find somebody who takes exception to them. If they take the ‘likes’ too seriously, they’ll find any online animosity stressful and disheartening.

It’s tempting to say that the world is changing, but the reality is that it’s already changed. Whilst it’s important to be aware of the fresh dangers social media poses to our children, we shouldn’t forget about all the good things it’s brought, and the amount of positivism it can spread.

Most of all, the youth of today must be aware of the threats, and simply learn to treat all social media with a sense of perspective, remembering that the extent to which they engage with it (and whether they use it at all), will always be their own choice.

Paulo Vega, an avid reader and writer, Paulo works at Tutorean, where he blogs about parenting tips and tools to help children succeed in school and in life.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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Saturday, January 13, 2018



If you are a mom like me, there often times when you feel "run down" with the daily grind of work, the kids, their activities, and the overall stress of daily life.  That is when your immune system gets weak and sometimes we fall prey to a cold or the flu. It is important to eat right and exercise but it is also just as important to do what you can to keep your body healthy!  Preventive measures are just as important.  

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Friday, December 29, 2017


#1 Parenting Mistake Guaranteed to Make Your Kids Lose Respect for You; but this product has the cure!

So often, we moms focus all our time and energy on our children and none of it on ourselves. The problem with that is that great people make great parents. If we never invest any time or effort on our own self-improvement and/or self-care, then we become ineffective at accomplishing the one goal in life that means the most to us…great parenting. 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017



My favorite time of the year is here - Gift-giving time!  Personally, I love to give gifts, I only wish I had tons of money to spend frivolously on my children and grandchildren. In the meantime, while I keep blogging, writing and working to get filthy rich online (ha ha!) I shop online for awesome gift ideas for the holidays!

In my search on Amazon on what to get the kids in my family for the holidays, I found some pretty cool toys that I wish I had when I was a kid!  Why not live vicariously through the little ones in our lives, right? Below are some of the toys with affiliate links. They seem like so much fun for little ones! 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


How to Choose the Right Camera for Your Family Photography
If you are looking to purchase a new camera, there are a number of factors to consider. With so many options available to you, it can be hard to decide what camera to choose. If you’re interested in family photography and want to up your game to produce professional-looking images, it’s time to think seriously about the equipment you’re going to want to use to make it happen. From cell phones to professional DSLR cameras, the variety of cameras options available to you can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

Your Smartphone as a Camera

Your smart phone is going to take decent pictures of you and your family, especially if the subjects in your photos are going to pose for you without moving around too much. Most people find that smartphone photography produces good enough quality for sharing family snapshots on social media, but the technology isn’t enough to take their photography to the next level. There are a number of tools and accessories, such as mini tripods and clip-on lenses, that can help you take better pictures with your smartphone, but it will take a bit of research to uncover ways to maximize image quality. If you’re serious about family photography but want to stick with your smartphone as a camera, take some time to research ways to take the best images possible.

Point and Shoot Cameras for Ease

Point and shoot cameras, named so because you simply focus on your subject and take the picture, are lightweight, small, and fit easily into a pocket or bag. The images you get from point and shoot cameras will generally be a little higher in quality than a smartphone, but slow shutter speeds restrict their versatility. For example, if your subject is moving, the slower shutter speed of your point and shoot might create a blurry image that will be hard to fix if you choose to edit the photo later on.

Up Your Game With Hybrid Mirrorless Cameras

If you want to begin creating images that have a professional look, it's time to upgrade from a smartphone or point and shoot camera. Hybrid mirrorless cameras are still lightweight and generally more affordable compared to DSLR cameras, and allow you to use interchangeable lenses to take a crack at macro or long distance photography. Mirrorless cameras are great for producing clear images if there’s lots of movement, they’re easy to carry and have large sensors that will help you create dynamic images that are easy to edit later on.

DSLR Cameras Make Amateurs Look Like Professionals

The range of DSLR cameras is huge. All major camera manufacturers make a DSLR camera that suits any budget or skillset. These cameras have incredible fast shutter speeds to produce the highest-quality images. While each DSLR will take images much faster than any of the other above cameras, the differences between low-end and high-end cameras is most noticeable in DSLR cameras. If you’re shooting images in low light situations, for example, you will likely need a higher-end DSLR than if you are simply shooting images outside in great light.

In addition to choosing the right camera, there are also considerations you can make related to lenses and flash equipment that you can easily work into your budget. These are also great things to buy second-hand. In many cases, high-end lenses are being sold by experienced photographers at a much more affordable price that you might find at a photography retailer while delivering the same quality as a brand new unit.

While you may get a great shot once in awhile with a smartphone, DSLR cameras are going to give you consistent, high-quality images of your family. Taking your family photography to the next level doesn’t have to break the bank. But you will want to be conscious of the fact that, with cameras, you get what you pay for. In most cases, spending a little more on a higher-quality camera will go along way in taking pictures of your family to the next level.