Keeping Kids Appy: Free Apps!

    by Sarah on 12/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our kids apps expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god.   Get an app free each day until December 25th! My past two posts have been about apps created by Duckie Deck, and now our friends there have kindly decided to offer a free app a day until 12/25.  In my home […]


    Giveaway: Osmo Game System for the iPad!

    by A Child Grows on 12/03/14 | 5 Comment(s)

    Enter to win this amazing new game system that everyone is raving about! Osmo is a new educational tool for the iPad that fosters social intelligence and creative thinking. The games open up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play.  Watch their video to see how it works. We love this idea so much […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Design and Decorate a Birdhouse

    by Sarah on 11/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our kids apps expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god.    Last post I mentioned how much my 2-year-old was enjoying Monsters by Duckie Deck and that I’d be happy to check out any of their other apps. I asked, and they answered! This week they released Bird Houses, a birdhouse app […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: What My 2-year-old Is Playing Right Now

    by Sarah on 11/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god.    Duckie Deck Monsters!  My 2-year-old was incredibly excited by Halloween this year, but at moments, especially when she saw adults wearing gruesome masks while trick-or-treating, she was terrified of “monsters.”  Generally this kid is fearless, and she’s since become more […]


    Find Babysitters Easily with UrbanSitter!

    by A Child Grows on 10/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Use your social network and this great app to help you find your next sitter! UrbanSitter is an online marketplace where parents go to find occasional, part-time or full-time babysitters quickly and efficiently. Powered by your own parenting networks, UrbanSitter helps you find babysitters hired and personally recommended by your friends and parents from your child’s […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Preparing for Upcoming Events

    by Sarah on 10/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god.  Luca Lashes is a series of storybook apps about a child who has magic eyelashes that help him to be brave in new situations. The apps are an interesting mix of traditional illustration and animation, which leads to some quirky movements […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Reading is Magic

    by Sarah on 9/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My eldest just started Kindergarten.  She loves being read to, but is adverse to anything that seems like we’re trying to teach her how to read for herself.  She was given a set of Bob books a few years ago for a gift, and although I’m pretty sure she could read them to herself at […]

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    Is Your iPad Causing Your Child Developmental Problems

    by Sarah on 9/02/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Ah, technology, our most seductive of cultural crutches, I mean, conveniences. We’ve all been at the tail end of a 4-hour car trip that became a 7-hour car trip when we finally said, “here just take it!” and shoved an iphone toward the back seat. Or we’ve managed to snag a 5:30 reservation at the […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Potty Training Apps

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Here she gives us the best reading apps for kids.   Our second child was showing all of the signs of readiness, and she loves playing on my iPhone and iPad, so I decided to find a few apps that would […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Reading Apps for Kids

    by Sarah on 7/11/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Here she gives us the best reading apps for kids.    Speakaboos is an interactive storybook app in which your child can explore classic stories as well as unique new books. The first three stories are free and then you have […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Here’s one for the parents, Cheers!

    by Sarah on 6/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. There have been a few occasions since becoming a parent that I have wished that ordering alcohol was as easy as placing an order through Seamless.  Enter Minibar, an app for parents.  Minibar verifies your age and address, and directs […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Motivation

    by Sarah on 5/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Sometimes even my best intentions aren’t enough and I need a little help staying motived. Here are a few apps that might help you and your kiddos if you’re experiencing stagnation: For the children: Kiddie App is an interactive book app […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Are you a Free-Range or Helicopter Parent?

    by Sarah on 5/02/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god.   When I was a child my parents limited my television intake by not getting cable.  I was allowed to roam outside as far as I could walk or ride my bike provided I returned by dark and crossed busy streets […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Chores

    by Sarah on 4/11/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Watching relatives who have more children but who also seem to have their lives together, I’ve decided that one of the keys to harmony in the household is an understanding that everyone in the family is expected to contribute to the […]


    Little Hands, Big Technology: How Soon is Too Soon?

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Our outer-borough brother Ryan Harrison, a former film history teacher with two daughters originally from Queens, gives us the low down on kids and smartphones, touch screens and attention-sucking technology.  Like any parent, I grumble when I see a group of children sitting in the same room, all deeply absorbed by their own personal electronic devices. […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Breastfeeding and Introducing Solids

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

       When I nursed each of our children, friends and Kellymom were my go-to sources for information.  Those sources are both irreplaceable, but now there is a fantastic, fact-filled app, delivering information in a format that is accessible even as you are in the act of breastfeeding.  Sara Chana’s Breastfeeding for Boobs has hundreds of […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Timer Apps

    by Nicole on 2/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Recently I saw another mom using the timer on her iPhone to help her toddler transition from one activity to another.  I was glad to see that I’m not alone in using my phone in this manner.  One of the benefits I’ve noticed is that it lets me off the hook from being a nag, […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Free For the Expectant Parents + Midwives and LCs

    by Nicole on 1/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Here are a few free apps that may help you to keep track of mundane things so you can focus your energy on enjoying your experiences. Ovia Fertility: Ovulation Calculator is an easy to use app that can help you to find your most fertile days (or just to be more aware of your cycle).   […]


    (Sponsored) Protect Your Child’s GPA: Here’s how!

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      In an environment where getting our kids in to preschool can seem like a competition, making and maintaining good grades may feel like an insurmountable task for middle school kids and beyond. No matter their age, you may face a time when you need your child to have more access to academic help. What […]


    Tiny Wings: A New Addiction

    by Sarah on 1/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Really, billing Tiny Wings as new isn’t truly accurate since it came out two years ago. But it is new to me and seems to be on the upswing in the general mindhive. I think, if it’s mentioned on a Joss Whedon show, it’s officially nerd-approved. Tiny Wings is a game for smart phones, think […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Fostering a Love of Creating Music

    by Nicole on 1/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Christine Dehne As the daughter of a Suzuki Piano teacher, learning to play an instrument on the iPad seems impossibly silly.  I don’t believe you’ll actually learn to play an instrument well using an app, but you can work on rhythm and ear training, and keep the experience fun.  Here are a few apps […]


    Education – The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Introducing Monkeybear Press

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Monkeybear Press is a small art studio and indie developer in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. “We are artists and parents and make vibrant, educational apps and eBooks that young kids love. We aspire to create a handmade aesthetic. As parents of young children we want to reach individual children, not mass markets. We believe exposing young children […]


    Giveaway: PlayMG- A Smartphone that is not a Phone.

    by Nicole on 12/08/13 | 16 Comment(s)

    PlayMG – Unlimited Android Entertainment…for the App Generation. The first dedicated, pocketable Wi-Fi app entertainment system. We are giving away a PlayMG: A Smartphone that is not a phone! A pocketable all-in-one entertainment system specifically designed for young people who do not have a smartphone. There are no monthly charges or expensive cartridge games to buy, […]


    Find Fun on the Fly with the Mommy Poppins Kids on the Go App

    by Nicole on 12/02/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our friends at Mommy Poppins have recently launched their FREE Kids On The Go app.  Their new app offers the same curated content you get from Mommy Poppins but in a to-go app you can download to your phone.  Last month, we gave Kids On The Go a whirl while we were out and about on […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Organizing the Chaos of Memories – Kid Photo and Artwork Organizer Apps

    by Nicole on 11/25/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    By: Christine Dehne I know I’m not alone in neglecting to fill out baby books for both of my children.  I have the best of intentions, but they’re still sitting on the shelf, gathering dust.  I also barely manage to contain the piles of art projects that seem to multiply exponentially. What I need is a […]