Okay, parents. Let’s talk 13 Reasons Why and whether your kids should be watching it. Because, no doubt, your kids are doing just that. And now that it’s been picked up for a second season on Netflix, the question about whether your kids should watch it won’t be going away anytime soon. Now personally, I haven’t watched the series yet myself because after checking with the Common Sense Media review (which has a suggested age of 16+) and talking with my own trusted parenting friends, I’ve decided my 11-year-old is too young. Also, we’re getting word about entire schools sending out warning letters to parents,...Read More
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It’s been a pretty mild winter for everyone this year, but the season isn’t over yet folks. In the words of the late, great Prince, “Sometimes it snows in April.” Plus, March comes in like a lion, and all that, so it will still be a bit longer before we’re in full on outdoor play mode. Whether it’s the cold, snow, or rain that has your kids stuck inside over the next couple of months, we’ve got your back with tons of fun rainy day indoor activities that can get you and the kids through the long hours. And still smiling at...Read More
Web Coolness: The most beautiful photos of Obama and children, inspiring advice from Betty White and more.
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. President Obama still has a lot of letters from kids to answer. A look at some of the President’s sweetest photos with kids. Top photo via White House on Flickr. (And yeah, we’re kind of weepy looking at them all. Let’s hear it for cool dads.) The most beautiful letter from Barbara and Jenna Hager Bush to Sasha and Malia Obama. (Let’s hear it for girls supporting girls!) Octavia Spencer wins Amazing Person of the Week. How you can help send more girls to see Hidden...Read More
Web coolness: A healing Leonard Cohen playlist, the cutest Harry Potter baby, and a fun way to countdown to Gilmore Girls
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too You can’t not smile at this Harry Potter baby photo shoot. (via Kayla Layla Photography; also see her work on her Instagram feed!) Random acts of kindness as a Starbucks customer buys coffee for military personnel. A good mantra for today and every day. Thoughts on mending fences effectively after the election. How to talk to kids if they’re feeling scared about world events. Our picks for must-read graphic novels featuring cool, creative, strong heroines. The excellent We Need Diverse Books is hosting a fundraiser and Gayle Forman...Read More
Ah, the tween years. That in-between stage when your kid is so not your baby anymore, but not yet your teenager. They start to think the sweet, educational shows they used to love are “for babies,” but you’re not ready to let them watch shows with teens who are often depicted as bratty or rude to their parents (cough), or are deep in the world of dating. Boy, do I miss the Sesame Street years… The good news is there really are cool TV shows for tweens that you might not know about. Since we already covered these favorite family-friendly TV shows for kids, I polled our editors and came up...Read More
On this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we’re chatting with humorist and writer Wendi Aarons about one of the most popular posts she wrote on Cool Mom Picks: The 9 worst television shows for kids. Wow, did people have a lot to say about this post. Is Wendi a “frigid witch” as one commenter called her for putting Teletubbies at the top? How did Caillou not make this list? All is revealed on this episode, along with our current favorite kids’ shows, and our cool picks of the week that you won’t want to miss. You can listen here right now,...Read More
We’ve been moving away from solo gadget time in my house and exchanging it for family screen time, within reason, of course. That means we all gather around the television and watch something that we all enjoy. Really. With kids ages 5 to 12, you might think that it’s hard to find a television show that we can agree on, but that’s absolutely not the case. Here are 10 family-friendly television shows that are perfect for families to enjoy together, from little kids to tweens and teens, and most importantly, the grown-ups too. Related: Documentaries to watch with kids about other kids:...Read More
We’re happy to welcome guest columnist, Wendi Aarons. She’s funny. When I was pregnant with my first son, way back in 2001, I had no intention of ever letting him watch television. Expose my precious baby’s developing brain to the mindless crap that spewed from the idiot box? Not I! Instead, I would spend all day, every day lovingly teaching him to calculate sums with the wood abacus I’d handcrafted out of the olive tree in our yard. The olive tree that was nourished by my buried placenta, of course. That grand notion didn’t last long. In fact, it...Read More
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Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Our Editor Kristen cut the cable cord and shares what she discovered when she did (Hint: so much money saved) 2. The coolest wearable fitness trackers from CES 2016. You have to see the smart bra. 3. Free, inspirational desktop wallpaper you can download right now. 4. Here’s what we think about this new smart baby changing pad. 5. A printer that’s eco-friendly and saves you money. Awesome!...Read More
This post is brought to you by Hulu. So by now, you all may know that we are pop culture junkies to varying degrees around here. We are also unabashedly nostalgic. Which is why our newest sponsor Hulu (yay, Hulu!) is pretty much making our days right now — or late nights, really — with their huge roster of classic TV shows available for streaming. We’re not even kidding, you’re going to be so down the throwback TV rabbit hole after you see how many wonderful blasts from your past are available on demand, right now, this very second. (Aw, Les Nessman. We...Read More
If you are as obsessed with House of Cards as I am, please take a few minutes out of your day to watch House of Bricks, the hilarious Sesame Street House of Cards parody, because it is pure genius. I have barely come up for food or air–and oh right, my children–over the past week in an attempt to catch up on House of Cards Season 2 so I can then binge watch the newly-released House of Cards Season 3. But somehow this parody was worth taking my attention away from the real Frank Underwood for a few minutes. Because you guys,...Read More
Web Coolness: Trapeze kids, Pentatonix on Sesame Street (yay!), and snowflake photos that will leave you speechless
Happy Friday! Each week we share some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you like them too. Must pre-order: We can’t wait to browse Playful by Merrilee Liddiard. Don’t you love the page shown at top? Must follow: The Design Brooklyn tumblr is packed full of Brooklyn coolness. Must watch: Our kids are obsessed with this cool band that uses no instruments. Check out this video featuring Pentatonix as the musical guest on Sesame Street next Friday. Must buy: Awesome alternative to Valentine’s Day jewelry for a digital sweetheart. Must See: incredible photos of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. Wow. Must read: What...Read More
As an avowed musical geek, I’m so thrilled about tonight’s daring production of the The Sound of Music Live on NBC. Yes, live. I’ve got the inner track and the word is that Carrie Underwood is simply brilliant as Maria, if you can forgive her for not being Julie Andrews; Steven Moyer makes a big leap from True Blood’s Bill Compton to the decidedly un-bloodthirsty Captain Von Trapp; and the kids are all simply wonderful. Plus? Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess is an inspired choice. What I’m most excited about is the attempt to capture the same thrill of live theater–no do-overs, no...Read More
Long before I had children, I fell in love with the clay stop-motion characters of nerdy inventor Wallace and his lovable dog Gromit. And now that I’ve succeeded in bringing three more over to Wallace & Gromit fandom, I’ve found a fun little series that couples our love of these characters with stories about the coolest-of-the-cool inventions from around the world to get kids excited about science. Six episodes of Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention have been neatly packaged for us here in the states since we didn’t catch them when they originally aired on the BBC1. Wallace, the...Read More
The minds behind Yo Gabba Gabba! are not content to settle with one successful kids show. In fact, they have just hooked themselves a certain daughter I know with a brand-new show–and some truly awesome rock music. And I’m betting a lot of other daughters and sons will be hooked when this new show premieres today. “The Aquabats! Super Show!” (I bow down to the generous-yet-not-totally-annoying use of exclamation points) focuses on a band of crime-fighting musicians who are on a mission to vanquish evil using the power of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s totally comical and campy in a...Read More
To me the holidays is nothing without our annual viewing of Rudolph. Herbie! The Abominable Snowman! The Isle of Misfit Toys who aren’t quite misfits! It’s all pure magic. So who’s with me in jumping for joy that this year, A four-DVD series of some of the best animated Christmas classics are are bundled together and out on Blu-ray. The Original Christmas Classics features four of the greatest animated classics — or at least three of the greatest. I’m not as big a fan of 1992’s Frosty Returns, but I sure do love the original Frosty the Snowman, Santa...Read More
Well kids, gather round and let me tell you about an animated short film about a desk lamp, that came out in 1986. Sound boring? No way. It was the first glimpse of what the future of CGI would look like, created by a (then) little-known company called Pixar. You may have heard of them. Without exaggeration, Pixar revolutionized the world of animated children’s movies and made some pretty hilarious other short films before they went on to bring us Toy Story and Wall-E. As part of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas mega-event they will be airing a...Read More
It seems like App-mania is sweeping the nation and our neighbors to the north are responsible for a fantastic new one called NFB Film, as in National Film Board of Canada. Best of all, it’s free. The NFB App is packed with channels of easy to download, Canadian-made short movies and documentaries including an amazing channel of kids’ cartoons. They’re mostly only a few minutes long, and honestly how long is a 6-year-old’s attention span? You can even pre-load and store a bunch of material to distract your kids for a less rushed meal, to make a long wait...Read More
My oldest daughter is now firmly planted in PG-movie territory which means I really have to pay attention to what she is seeing, reading and listening to — hopefully without having to actually watch, read and listen to it all myself. Thankfully, Common Sense Media can help me navigate my way through the world of kid’s media. Instead of telling me if a show or website is “bad” or “good” for kids based on someone’s personal, religious or political agenda, Common Sense Media summarizes the hot-button issues like “language” and “violence & scariness” in a unbiased way, and let’s me decide if it is...Read More
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