The Best Apps for Moms & Kids

A new project I have been involved with has allowed me to produce more video content for my blog which I’m very excited about and today I’m pleased to be sharing two of these with you!

If you follow tech trends at all you will know that it’s all about the video these days…. People want to be entertained, they are too lazy to read long reams of text and have limited time, enter the video!!

The videos I’m sharing with you today are both around the theme of technology.

In the first video I share a few of my latest gadgets and apps and recommend a few of the best apps for Moms that I have found and enjoyed… Watch it here:

If you are like me (and most other moms I know) your phone/ tablet is actually used more by the junior members of your family than by yourself… So, in order to ensure that the kids are getting good, educational time in front of the screen (and not JUST playing Angry Birds) I found a few apps that I thought would be good to upload…. that is when you next get a chance on your own device 😉

Find out what my recommended apps for kids are here:

What are some of the best apps for moms that YOU can recommend, and do your kids have favourites they gravitate towards when playing on a phone or tablet? Please share you faves in the comments below so we can all get some new ideas…

Now, like many other parents, I previously thought I would be a perfect parent who never let my kids sit in front of a tablet or watching a DVD…. but now, a few years down the line, I am very pleased to be living in an age of technology where I have the luxury of a tablet, TV and DVD player to occasionally save my sanity!

That being said, in our home we do have a few screen time rules that extend to TV, DVD, Leap pad, laptop, iPad and phone screens. (So far we haven’t ventured to the PS3 or Wii just yet – but it’s coming! I know) We are fairly strict about what we allow our kids to be exposed to, although obviously this is made easy by the fact that my kids are still quite young, and haven’t yet started questioning my authority about this subject!!

The Screen Rules in our house are:
No generic TV, only age-appropriate kids channels like CeeBeeBees or Disney Junior – you never know what ads are suddenly going to appear. (We actually don’t have these channels as have no DSTV so that makes it easier obviously!)
Children must ask permission to watch or use a device and can’t put it on themselves.
Only DVD’s we have chosen and these are almost always animated Disney DVD’s, and even then selective ones! We try to avoid witches, fairies etc. Some of the older stories are quite scary!!
Only 20 mins per session (although DVD’s are often longer obviously)
No screens before school.
No screens before bed. Through trial and error I have realized that I have quite sensitive kids who get affected easily which means we now limit the movies we watch after dark… otherwise we end up paying the price with nightmares! But we still try to do Family Movie Night once a month, just with very carefully chosen movies!
Screens only after all housework and homework has been completed (and this year I’m trying to avoid them during the week altogether – so far, so good!)
No violence, bad language, scary or inappropriate games or movies – try to teach your kids to tell you when they are scared and you can fast forward these parts, or teach them how to!
No TV on in the background.
No TV or screens during meal times.
The person using the device is in charge – no butting in by older brothers!
Share the time equally between kids – use an egg timer or cell phone alarm if necessary!!

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Now please don’t think our home is perfect and we always stick to these, we don’t! It’s a work in progress and fortunately my kids are used to most of our rules – we started early which means it was easier to stick to them. Bear in mind if this is the first time you’re laying down the law it might be a bit difficult to implement!! But it will be worth it in the long run, so stick to your guns! Good luck.

I’d be interested to hear if you have “screen rules” in your home?? If so, what are they? Please leave a comment below…

Images: 1 – MSN.Money.com; 2 – Gulf News

 

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

4 Comments
  1. Hi Kathryn.
    I have certainly needed to rein my primary school going boys in re their time spent on their tablets – even when they have been using StudyApps. It’s a great educational product – they get to practice their school curriculum whilst having fun. I have to ensure that they pace themselves, much like with amount of games and movies they watch; as they tend to not want to put their tablets down.
    This app has definitely been a life saver on several occasions!

  2. Hi Kathryn.
    I agree that screen time needs to be limited – however, there is a primary school educational app which my kids cannot tear themselves away from! Ever since they started practicing their school curriculum on StudyApps, I have been less inclined to rein them in 🙂
    So far so good – they are having fun whilst learning – and there is loads of content and reference material at their fingertips.

    1. Oh cool Marina – sounds interesting. I’ll definitely look into it. What grades is it for?

  3. It caters for Grades 1-7: English, Maths, Afrikaans (2nd language) and NS. It’s available for Android tablets and soon to be available for iOS.
    Give it a try – would love your opinion!

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