“Screen Time” For Kids »

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On the latest episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP), there is good discussion around what constitutes screen time for kids and how each of the hosts handles it with their children. Marco mentions and makes a good point that with the ever increasing amount of screens that kids are growing up around it’s hard to avoid them completely, but all three guys agree that screens are fine in moderation, but it totally depends on what is being done on those screens (video games, reading, productive work / writing, etc).

Ross is almost 7 months old and he only gets to “watch” TV / YouTube for a small amount of time once and a while, but mainly because he thoroughly enjoys Elmo (especially with Adam Sandler) and simple songs, which hopefully help him to learn some new words in the process.

There is no standards or best practices for parenting and everyone has different views on how much “screen time” their kids should or shouldn’t have. Do what you feel is best for you & your children, but don’t automatically shun others based on their views because it may be what works for them and their family.

Toddler Stuff We Use »

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Ross just passed the 6-month mark and with us moving into a new house this post by Casey has been super helpful in helping us build a list of things Ross needs & would probably love.

Also, I had no idea those magnetic locks were a thing and they are so neat!

PS – isn’t his son Declan adorable?

I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work »

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I occasionally listen to This American Life – it is probably one of the first things people think when they hear the word podcast, and this article over at Lifehacker is such a good read. Not only is there great work methodology, there is some humor in there as well.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?

I’d be lost without a toilet to dispose of human waste.