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Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Would you be surprised to hear that kids today are more technologically savvy than ever before? Probably not. But what if we said that your child’s dependence on the Internet is actually affecting the life she’ll someday lead?
According to a survey from the Pew Research Center, today’s kids are learning to rely on the Internet as a second brain, changing the way they’ll approach problems later in life. They belong to an “always on” demographic, dubbed Generation AO, and are growing up in a hyper-connected culture of instant gratification and serious multitasking. Not only are 95% of tweens and teens online, the survey finds, but 76% of them are already using social networks. This rapidly evolving culture is leading experts to believe that tech-wired kids are the key to opportunities and careers we can’t yet fathom.
So how do you prepare your children for jobs they will invent themselves? Well, we’ll let you know when one of them figures that out. But while you’re waiting for your kids to write the future, we’ve stolen a peek at it and found the top 10 careers Generation AO will most likely covet. Of course, this doesn’t mean your child’s dream of becoming a princess or superhero can’t still come true—these just have better salaries.
Image: Little girl using a laptop via Shutterstock.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Newborns with low vitamin D have infection risk
Newborns with low vitamin D levels may have a heightened risk of developing a certain type of lung infection before their first birthday, a new study suggests. (MSNBC)
Chocolate milk in schools: Yummy treat or evil sweet?
Those familiar cartons of chocolate milk could be disappearing from elementary school cafeterias soon, if anti-obesity advocates get their way. Some school districts already prohibit flavored milk, and many others are considering a ban. (MSNBC)
Families along U.S.-Mexico border face tough school choices
When Princess Martinez saw her husband for the first time after he was deported, two thoughts crossed her mind: that she loved this man, and that she might have to leave him. The only other option appeared to be moving with their six daughters — who, like Martinez, are all U.S. citizens — across the border to her husband’s new home in Mexico, with its mounting violence and troubled schools. (Washington Post)
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
If you’re like me, your eyes probably glaze over the minute anyone starts using tech speak—but if you’re computer savvy enough to be reading this blog, then I’m guessing you’re on Facebook too. And if you’re on FB, you should definitely read on.
Just over a week ago, Facebook announced that it’s rolling out a new security feature that is designed protect your account from being compromised by hackers. (It works by enabling HTTPS encryption throughout every move you make on the site.) It’s great if you often log in from public places like your library or coffee shop—but to get the benefits, you have enable it yourself. Here’s how:
- Go to Account Settings
- Select Account Security (third item from the bottom).
- Check the box under “Secure Browsing (https)“
- Hit the blue Save button below.
That’s it. You’re finished!
Note: If you don’t yet see this option, don’t panic—Facebook is rolling it out to users over the next couple of weeks, so check back again in a few days. It should show up soon.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
I’ve never been a video game person, so my husband was surprised when I suggested that we buy our family a Wii for Christmas. My daughters are 11 years apart—Jane is almost 6 and Abby is 17—and with Abby’s busy schedule (homework, sports, friends, college applications), they really don’t get to spend that much quality time together. Something told me that a Wii would be good family activity, and I was right. Jane has a chip on her shoulder about being the youngest and assumes she will always lose at games, but she was able to hold her own with Abby on the Wii. It was great to see the two of them giggling together. For some reason, my little girly girl’s favorite game is Swordfighting, but maybe it’ll be assertiveness training.
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Here are three (admittedly random) things that I’ve come to love this summer.
1. Quinoa. I’d been hearing about this high-protein grain-like seed for a while, but I first made it when I was trying to recreate a delicious salad I’d had at a restaurant (quinoa, chicken, edamame, toasted almonds, and diced dried apricots in Caesar dressing over baby spinach). This kid-friendly food (that’s a picture of it growing) is a healthy alternative to pasta, rice, or couscous and it’s so versatile (hot or cold). I’ve started cooking a batch in the morning, sticking it in the fridge, and then figuring out what to do with it when I get home from work. Here are some recipe ideas.
2. Kindle app for my iPhone. I downloaded the Kindle for iPhone after I tragically left my Kindle on a plane, but now I barely miss my larger e-reader. It can be such a challenge for moms to find time to read books, but now that I have books on my phone, I just pop it out of my purse to sneak in a few pages whenever I get a chance. Even though the screen is small, you can enlarge the font size so that it’s easy to read. You turn pages with the flick of a finger. You don’t need to own a Kindle to use the app—and if you happen to have a Kindle, your iPhone will automatically synchronize the last page you read on either device. Brilliant.
3. Slub shirts. This fabric (the dictionary defines “slub” as “a roll of fiber, as of wool or cotton, twisted slightly for use in spinning”) is so cool and comfortable, but I know I’ll be wearing mine all year long. It’s the first shirt I pull out of the pile of cleanly-washed laundry every week. I have a short-sleeved and long-sleeved one from JJill, but am keeping my eye out for others.
What are your favorite mom/kid finds of the summer?
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
So I just got an iphone (I know I’m late to the party) last week. I’m still barely able to type emails, but my 5-year-old daughter has quickly become obsessed with the few game apps that I downloaded for her. Small fingers are clearly an advantage here, but it’s amazing how instinctively she understands the technology. Her favorite is Spin Art (here’s one of her creations), where you use your finger to get the “paper” to start spinning, and then select from the many colors (and sparkles!) to create your quickie (and clean!) masterpiece. Please tell me: What are some of your kid’s favorite apps? Free ones are best, but I’ve definitely already gotten my money’s worth for the $1.99 I spent on Spin Art.
Friday, January 8th, 2010
Online moms unite! We recently featured ten “Power Moms” of the blogosphere and beyond in our Mom.com story (the February issue of Parents is on newsstands next week). But one of the great things about the Internet is that it’s a true democracy–we can all have a voice. The trick is figuring out how to get your voice to stand out in all the noise. And whether you want to get into blogging, tweeting, or facebooking, the methods are surprisingly the same. Check out five pointers to get you started.
- Do your research. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Mommy blogs and Twitter “tweeters” out there. Read a few of them…if you’re not already (see Goody Reads to the left and our Twitter/Facebook feeds to the right for some suggestions). For blogs, you should also compare blog-hosting sites, such as WordPress and TypePad, to decide which one is right for you.
- Find your niche. Have a passion for kids’ shoes? Great! Check if there’s a similar blog, FB page, or tweeter out there for this subject. If so, brainstorm how to make yours different. If not, congrats! You’ve got the market cornered, so to speak.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Last week, I wrote about how to determine what your target heart rate should be during exercise. It doesn’t take much effort to find out (just check out this chart from the American Heart Association)‚Äîbut actually maintaining that rate? Not always so simple.
Enter fitness music blog RunHundred‚Äîthe site sorts workout tunes by genre (think hip-hop, pop, electronic) and beats per minute, so you can quickly customize a playlist of tunes to match your target heart rate and your taste in music.
Talk about jock jams made easy!