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Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

We first covered Remind back in 2011, when it launched as a way for K-12 teachers to broadcast communications to a classroom full of parents. But over the past 5 years the company has evolved into an all-encompassing communication tool for teachers, parents and students in over 75% of U.S school districts. And all of this has…

via Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card — TechCrunch

Winnie helps parents find family-friendly places, share their experiences — TechCrunch

A new mobile app called Winnie is launching today to make parents’ lives a little easier, by offering information about nearby kid-friendly places, as well as detailing what sort of facilities for families a location may have – like stroller access, quiet areas to nurse, changing tables, restrooms, and more. The idea is to make…

via Winnie helps parents find family-friendly places, share their experiences — TechCrunch

Samsung’s VR bedtime stories are cute, but really? — TechCrunch

Samsung worries about your child. Are they sleeping well? Do they miss you when you’re away on business? Can they put on a VR headset without their parents’ help? That last one is pretty important. Because Samsung wants your kids to experience the joy of VR just before bed instead of a regular bedtime story…

via Samsung’s VR bedtime stories are cute, but really? — TechCrunch

Parenting in the Present Moment: A Review and Giveaway

The Science of Mom

First, a baby update: no baby yet! I’m past 38 weeks now and definitely getting excited for baby’s arrival. I still feel like I have a lot of things on my to-do list that I’d ideally like to get done before I go into labor, but I’ve also entered a stage of acceptance that, ready or not, when the baby arrives, we’ll carry on with life even if the fridge isn’t fully stocked and the floors haven’t been mopped. However, one thing on my to-do list is this post, because I wanted to share with you a new parenting book that came at just the right time for me, and I think you’ll find it particularly helpful in the midst of the holiday craziness.

The book is Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters by Dr. Carla Naumburg, published in October by Parallax…

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Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

Words Not To Say In Front Of My Kids

Dysfunctional Literacy

I tell my kids they can think anything they want, but there are some things they'd better not say. (image via wikimedia) I tell my kids they can think anything they want, but there are some things they’d better not say. (image via wikimedia)

I told my daughters this morning that they’d need to take a sack lunch to school tomorrow, and they laughed at me.  I wasn’t expecting them to laugh.

It took me a moment to realize why they thought sack lunch was funny.  When I was their age (around 35 years ago), sack lunch wasn’t funny.  I carried a sack lunch to school every day, and nobody laughed.  I think I even called it a sack lunch.  Everybody called it that.  But somewhere along the way, kids picked up on the word sack, and a new source of humor was created.

Now I can’t say sack in front of my daughters; I have to say “brown paper bag.”  If I had two sons, maybe it wouldn’t matter much.  But…

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How To Be a Parent: It’s OK to demand more. Featuring Socrates and Plato on twitter.

Cogito Ergo Mum

Abby Boid Trying to look like an ancient greek. Need a beard?

There have been a few thoughts going on in my head. When you listen to these recordings of our children, you will hear the eldest talk a lot about presents. It’s a little uncomfortable hearing a small child being so aware of ‘stuff’. That’s got me thinking more about needs versus wants. There’s that feeling that if we just focused on what we needed rather than what we wanted, the world would be a happier place for all of us, including our children. I’m not sure sure about that.

I’ve also been thinking how many of us in the west have so much, even the poorest people in the UK arguably have more ‘stuff’ than those in less wealthy nations. And so this wealth is often used to utterly undermine arguments for wanting more for our children –…

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How To Be A Parent: Don’t be good, be Cinders.

Cogito Ergo Mum

A couple of days ago I realised that my children see happiness, and whether or not they are ‘good’ as inextricably linked. The post below, and this one about little Miss Sunshine, are reflections on that.

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Abby BoidOnce upon a time there lived an unhappy young girl.

Her mother was dead and her father married a widow with two daughters.

Her stepmother didn’t like her one bit. All her kind thoughts were for her own daughters. Nothing was too good for them – dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds , and possibly an education (although the detail on that is a little sketchy).

But for the poor unhappy girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her step-sisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no comfort. She had to work hard all day.

One day beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be…

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Questions You Wish You Could Ask Your Friends With Kids: Answered

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

The Sonia Show

Yeah, so, this Buzzfeed video titled “Questions You Wish You Could Ask Your Friends With Kids” has been making the rounds on Facebook.

I know, right? It’s pretty stupid video. Sure, it’s a funny idea. Too bad the video isn’t funny. I don’t know what I was expecting when I watched it. I mean, it’s a Buzzfeed video. It’s not going to be thoughtful questions about parenting. It’s going to be “LOL you had kids. Also, poop.” Still, I thought it would fun to answer these burning questions for Buzzfeed.

Is the fun part of your life just over now?

I laugh so much every day. I think my life is pretty fun.

So you just don’t ever sleep?

I sleep, but I don’t get as much as I used to. I miss sleeping in. Sleeping in is cool.

You know you can’t return one of these, right?

Actually, in…

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