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5 of the best smartwatches for your kids

5 of the best smartwatches for your kids

The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year, and this trend is seemingly only going in one direction. Kids start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a kid busy). 

In some ways, your child having a phone on them at all times can alleviate some serious worries about location and communication, but worries about internet safety, cyberbullying, and screen time might outnumber the reasons for a young child to have a phone of their own (even though parental control software exists for this exact purpose). Read more…

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BEST FOR HEALTHY HABITS

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2

Kids will actually want to assume some responsibility with this coin-based, Disney-themed reward system.

  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: Non-rechargeable, but up to one year
  • Sleep tracking: Yes
  • Water resistance: Waterproof up to 164 feet
  • Communication features: None


£79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR GAMES

VTech KidiZoom DX2

The kid-proof watch to choose if your goal is fun and learning rather than daily routines and keeping in touch.

  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: Up to two weeks
  • Sleep tracking: No
  • Water resistance: Splash-proof, but shouldn’t be submerged
  • Communication features: None


£49.97 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SPORTS

Fitbit Ace 2

More independent than most kid watches but more fun than an adult Fitbit, the Ace 2 is a cool companion for kids who have a smartphone.

  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: Up to five days
  • Sleep tracking: Yes
  • Water resistance: Waterproof up to 164 feet
  • Communication features: Call and text notifications


£69.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR OLDER KIDS

Fitbit Ace

This stripped-back fitness tracker is a great way to encourage and motivate kids to get moving.

  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: Up to five days
  • Sleep tracking: Yes
  • Water resistance: Yes
  • Communication features: None


£75.31 from Amazon

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BEST FOR APPS

Kurio V 2.0

Stay connected with this smartwatch that comes pre-loaded with 20 apps.

  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: Up to three days
  • Sleep tracking: No
  • Water resistance: No
  • Communication features: Messaging


£59.99 from Amazon

Neighborhood ‘bear hunts’ are an adorable cure for kids’ social-distancing boredom

Neighborhood 'bear hunts' are an adorable cure for kids' social-distancing boredom

With schools closing and people warned to stay home due to the coronavirus, parents and caregivers are working extra hard to keep their children engaged and not climbing the furniture. Fortunately it’s still safe to take brief, socially-distanced walks outside, provided there aren’t many others out and it’s done responsibly. 

Just be careful — there are bears out there.

To heighten the fun of these jaunts, and keep local community spirit alive, people around the world are putting stuffed toys in their windows for children to spot on “bear hunts.” 

It isn’t clear exactly where the trend started, but it’s gained momentum over the past few days. Read more…

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Monster Scouts: go camping with an imaginary cryptid scout troop from the 1910s!

The Monster Scouts are a wonderful thing: monster-obsessed makers who have created a collaborative, detailed, LARP-ish world in which monsters are real and an imaginary scouting organization called the Crow Scouts, founded in 1907, has operated for more than a century to help our monster friends.
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Politician breastfed her baby while speaking in parliament, because work never stops

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Talk about multi-tasking.

Larissa Waters, a Greens party MP in Australia, got plenty of plaudits earlier in the year when she was the first politician to breastfeed in parliament.

Now she’s the first to deliver a speech while breastfeeding, because well, sometimes work can’t stop. Here she is breastfeeding her daughter Alia Joy Waters, while submitting a motion on black lung disease.

How far we’ve come@larissawaters gives a speech while breast feeding! Yes! First woman in Australian parliament to ever do so#auspol pic.twitter.com/bBwshTvEHa

— David Sharaz (@DavidSharaz) June 22, 2017 Read more…

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Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there’s Justin Beadles.

Justin’s 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack’s name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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Strollers suck so these designers made their own amazing, lightweight, compact marvel

Tim from Windfire Designs writes, “We got excited about making our own stroller after getting sick of trying to choose between really giant expensive and clunky strollers, or putting up with cheap, throw away strollers. We made our own — which is always great — because we could decide what was cool, rather than being told and sold. This thing goes everywhere, and the kiddo loves it. This video should show others the path to not accepting the de facto standards in stroller design.”

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Little girl getting dragged by a merry-go-round is too relatable

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Everyone’s had one of those days. 

Days where it’s hard to care about anything and you’re just barely holding on as life and the world around you just seems to keep going on without you. Days where you can barely muster the strength to get out of bed.

This video proves that kids are not immune to experiencing one of those days. 

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Amazing Mom throws her daughter the ultimate poop-themed party

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When Rebecca Marose asked her 3 year old Audrey what kind of birthday party she wanted, the consistent answer was “poop.”

“For months, every time we mentioned her party, Audrey requested ‘poop balloons and a poop cake,'” said Rebecca in an interview with Huffington Post,

The Missouri mother tried offering her daughter more conventional birthday themes, but Audrey’s resounding desire was “poop.”

Realizing she wasn’t going to change her mind, Rebecca embraced the quirky request and threw Audrey the ultimate poop-themed party. Read more…

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A kid-friendly electronics board that you can program from the web

Peegar is an Arduinio-style electronics kit that you design programs for by dragging and dropping Scratch-style objects around in a browser; when you’re done, the program is converted to a brief snatch of sound that you transmit through the board by plugging a standard audio cable into your device’s headphone jack.
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Everybody shut up. Just let us enjoy the kids in the BBC video.

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Ughhhhh, why can’t anything on the internet just be fun anymore? 

You’ve probably seen the amazing video that went viral this morning of a man’s appearance on BBC being interrupted by his two hilarious children. It is pretty much the only good thing to happen on the internet in ages, and in this era of constant bad news we desperately need itWe need it so badly.

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— Valerie Loftus (@valerieloftus) March 10, 2017

We did get a few moments just savor the sheer joy over the goofiness of it all. THAT GIRL. THAT BADASS BABY ROLLING IN. It is all just. so. perfect.  Read more…

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70% of the benefits of Trump's childcare credits will go to households earning $100K and up

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has run the numbers on Trump’s childcare credit proposals and concluded that it is a massive gift to the richest American households, with little-to-no benefit for the poorest Americans who struggle most with childcare costs.
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South Dakota lawmaker blocks workplace protection for pregnant workers: “It's not prison. You can quit.”

South Dakota state Rep. Wayne H Steinhauer [R-9] (Phone: 605-526-4269/ 605-773-3851/ 605-359-6298); Email: Wayne.Steinhauer@sdlegislature.gov, never-used Twitter account) was part of a group of eight male, GOP reps who killed a bill that would have guaranteed workplace accommodations to pregnant South Dakotans. During the hearing, Rep Steinhauer told women “It’s not prison. You can quit.”
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7 strategies for raising confident girls in the Trump era

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For girls, women and their allies who believe in gender equality, the presidency of Donald J. Trump marks a terrifying moment in modern American history. 

With President Obama’s departure, the White House loses a man who wrote emphatically about being a feminist and focused on policies that provided equal opportunity to all girls and women. 

Trump, on the other hand, insists he respects and champions women, but has made a sport out of rating their physical appearance and was recorded making comments that indicate he’s sexually assaulted women. He also gleefully threatened to imprison Hillary Clinton, the first woman to run for president on behalf of a major political party. Read more…

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