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June 03, 2011

Homosexuals in Hockey? Does it matter?

Surf over to my column to read my latest post
Homosexuals in Hockey?  Does it matter? 

This was a shock tag line I heard on the radio the other day. I thought to myself? In this day and age, what does sexual orientation have to do with sports? Then days after, my kids asked me what is "gay"...

Click on the link to continue reading...comment below if you wish to share your opinion...

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June 01, 2011

Wordless Wednesday | the places these feet will go

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May 31, 2011

Amber MacArthur, Elmo & Apps for Kids

Amber MacArthur, mom, my former teammate (tech blogger) and co-host of TV's App Central was interviewed by Parent Cub about age-appropriate apps for kids...

What makes a kid app-ready?

Each child is really different, so there is no one age when a young one is comfortable playing with apps. However, for many young toddlers the iPad is a really easy device to use to get started. My two-year-old son started using this family gadget just shy of his second birthday. Today, he flips through applications like he's a grown-up! The one thing that is important is to make sure that you protect your tech toys. In other words, try a great skin or case to ensure that your kids don't break anything. For the iPhone, if you want to get extreme, there is an awesome case called the Griffin Survivor that I've been using for a while. It will withstand a throw or a toss on pretty much any surface -

How long should kids be on devices?

The younger the kid, the less the attention span. I don't worry too much about my toddler on the iPad because he will only sit still for about 10 minutes max (which, I will say, is enough time to unload the dishwasher!). I would recommend that you set time limits for technology. Whether it's half an hour to an hour a day total, find a time that will ensure that you kid is also getting lots of play time outdoors and away from "the screen."

Last time I flew with my kids to Europe (and I was pregnant then) - I loaded my ipod touch with game apps like angry birds, spongebob and make me a princess. Do you have some favourite kid travel apps?

My son loves to play Angry Birds on road trips. We often use Bluetooth to run the audio through the car system, so he gets a kick out of the great sound (it's annoying, but again, it keeps him happy). I'm also a big fan of the company Duck Duck Moose, they've made some award-winning educational apps for younger kids that will keep them entertained.

Amber recommends:

Pre-School Kids

Elmo's Monster Maker - $3.99
Choose a monster body and touch its face to give it eyes, nose and a hat—there are lots and lots and lots to choose from. When you’re done, Elmo will dance and play with your monster
Wheels on the Bus - $1.99

Wheels on the Bus is a fun, interactive musical iPhone book, based on the popular children’s song. An original production by Duck Duck Moose, Wheels on the Bus includes fresh illustrations, creative interactions, and live music. Designed for children of all ages, starting as young as 18 months.

School-Aged Kids

LeafSnap - FREE
Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Solar System - $13.99

A breakthrough electronic book about the Solar System, offering hours of interactive exploration and presenting a treasure trove of visual information.

Amber MacArthur has an exclusive interview with Sesame Street's Elmo about what it's like living on Sesame Street, where he gets his sense of humour, if he uses the Internet, and his new app - Elmo's Monster Maker. This App Central interview airs on BNN, Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET on and on CP24 Sunday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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Les Winners

Here are les winners from the latest Parent Club giveaways - thanks to all who entered...

Fisher-Price trike winner:

33 Amy C said...

daily tweet!/Butterfly_012/status/74289411981967360

27 May, 2011 9:43 PM
Blurb winner:
4 DaniGirl said...

I already follow you on twitter! :)))

20 May, 2011 7:14 AM
More giveaways coming up in the next few weeks...come back - read|share|enter!

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Help...We've Got Kids Facebook Party
Help!...We've Got Kids is throwing a Facebook Party and You're Invited!
(Lots of prizes to be won!)

To Participate,  "Like" All Help's Sponsor's FB Pages*,
Then Meet Help At their Facebook Page on Wednesday, June 1st at 9pm EST!

(You'll remember I wrote the Help!...We've Got Kids newsletters for years (reluctantly having to give up working with the fab team when Thing 3 was born and my schedule became that of an unreliable undeadline oriented mom-with-a-newborn).  Anywho...recommend you visit their Facebook party and join in...'cause any party...where you can wear pj' a good thing).

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May 30, 2011

MapsGirls Safe Car Seat

From May 30 to to June 5th, My friend @mapsgirl will be writing many posts about car seats, car seat installation and passenger safety as part of Safe Kids Canada's Safe Kids Week 2011.

Wanted to share with Parent Club readers to surf over her Funny Things Are Everywhere blog to read about car seat safety (a hot topic in my house as you know we are in the infant car seat stage again).

She's also giving away a True Fit Convertible Car Seat.  I might enter that myself ;-)

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Check out this month's Oh Baby! magazine

Pick up the magazine or check out the on-line issue to read my latest contribution to the reading world  Busy all day and yet nothing ever done.  It's a featured look at the life of a mom...with a newborn...and kids...and to-do list...which may or may not include laundry.

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