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9 Media Musts for Moms
This post was contributed by Amy Heinz as part of our Mother's Day series. We're celebrating awesome moms this week by highlighting the media and tech that helps them be the best parents they can be.
We dance. We sing. We play. We read. We watch. We learn. Yes, my family is a media-loving one. Don’t get me wrong; my 4- and 7-year-old sons spend plenty of time testing the limits of laundry detergent’s effectiveness on grass stains. And my almost-2-year-old daughter isn’t far behind. But we definitely enjoy all that modern-day media has to offer. Like…
- iPhone camera
I'm no photographer, but that doesn’t stop me from clicking. Constantly.
- KidQuoter App
Pretty much everything that comes out of my kids' mouths is precious (except for chewed up green beans, of course). This playful app is a wonderful way to capture those memorable words.
- Common Sense's Kids Media App (iPhone|Android)
This is truly one of my most-used apps. It recently saved me from buying a DVD for my 7-year-old that has all kinds of words I’d rather he not hear. (When he’s not on the playground, at least.)
- LeapFrog Leapster & LeapPad
I credit my boys’ time on their LeapFrog devices with giving them a huge leg up in reading and writing.
- PBS Kids Cartoons
I love that all three of my kids enjoy the positive, educational messages of shows like Charlie & Lola, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.
- Justin Roberts (& Bieber)
While I love the lyrics and music to songs like "Meltdown" and "Pop Fly," we also enjoy the Radio Disney sensations we listen to in the car.
- Ruby's Studio DVDs
The Feelings Show and The Friendship Show are both wonderful tools for helping little kids deal with big emotions.
- The Mother Company
This is my go-to site for parenting support. The expert interviews on topics like sibling relationships, superhero envy, and dealing with tantrums are extremely helpful.
- Club Penguin
I recently visited Club Penguin headquarters and got to learn a lot about their impressive approach to creating a safe, creative environment for kids to get their online training wheels.
Are any of these on YOUR "I'm one crazy cool mom" media list?
Amy Heinz is a mother of three little ones and the writer behind Using Our Words -- a slice-of-life parenting blog filled with lessons she’s learned (usually the hard way), laughs she’s enjoyed (mostly at her own expense), and tears she's shed (this mama's got heart). She'd love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.