Thursday, January 17, 2013

Toddler's most favorite iPhone app of the moment

This app was introduced to us by a 9 year old but is loved by the toddler. I even like to play it so that's why I'm telling you. It's called Stickman 2. I use the free version but there is a paid one I just don't know the difference. Check out some screen grabs of our fun.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm Changing

Do you love yourself? If you're like me you have flaws, many many flaws, but I hope you can look past those or at the very least not vocalize any of the personal critiques. There are children in my area being seen for eating disorders at 8 years old. Yes 8. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. 

Scary Facts (via
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner 
  • 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
  • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat 
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems.
So Moms & Dads here are some things I've done and some I've heard...

  • Lets stop talking about being fat, (phat is okay because well you are). If you think your child's chub is cute then criticize your own, you're confusing the little one. That child's chubby chin is freaking adorable and so is yours. 
  • Don't tell them you work out to "get skinny" or "lose weight" you workout because its healthy and fun. 
  • Stop the "that's bad food" food can't be bad, its food, it can be healthy or unhealthy but not bad.
  • Teach them to be the boss of their hunger, no more telling them they have to eat more. I've now created a container that my child can get into with random foods that she can access at any time. If she doesn't like dinner or is hungry before dinner is ready, she can go to that container & choose whatever she wants. 
  • No more "rewards" (exception is potty training in our case) no more "if you eat dinner we will get ice cream" 
 Are you guilty of any of these & willing to change? 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

In App Purchases

I was down $1 on my itunes card & after wondering where it went I realized I did not have my phone set up as secure as I thought.

Luckily I have Apple which is pretty easy to turn off in app purchases. I would like Apple even more if this was set to OFF from the beginning making people turn it ON but I digress.

Settings > General > Restrictions > Turn "In App Purchases" to Off
or you can set "Require Password" to immediately or after 15 minutes which as long as you don't give your password out to the kids :)

If you have products that use the Android Market you are not so lucky I've heard. Now I don't have Android so I have not personally tested this but here are some ways.

- Set a PIN for purchase *not available on all devices click here to see how to see/change your version 
-  if running version 3.1 or higher > Google Play Store > Menu > Settings > Set or change PIN > enter PIN code > OK > Re-enter PIN to confirm > Check box "Use PIN for purchases"

Other ways that might work if you don't want to upgrade your version
- remove your credit card or put a gift card that has a $0 balance.
- install an app that will require passwords to certain apps "App Protector Pro" does cost $
-  turn on airplane mode when the child is using it. This will not allow you to get calls or text messages till turned off

So hope this helped.