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Parenting in the Digital Age
It is an undeniable fact that we live in a digital age. As parents, remembering a time when things were simpler, but modern children will not have such memories. Sure, some pieces of technology will look and perform differently now than they will when they are older, but this generation and new-coming generations of children will not remember a time before the internet or a time where basic cable was all you had.

It can be hard enough keeping up with the times as an adult, but many parents out there are resorting to these technological advances a little too much. Sure, things are easier now, but that does not mean that certain things should be ignored or overlooked. It is still necessary to be a parent and to do some parenting in this so-called “digital age.”

Many of us have seen plenty of cartoons where homes are kept in order by programmed robots and other Artificial Intelligence, but there really is no substitute for the babysitter. Many more parents these days plop their kids in front of the TV equipped with on-demand channels or Netflix to appease their children while they do chores or other activities. Some parents are resorting to giving their children their phones or iPads to play with while mommy and daddy deal with grown up stuff. While these sorts of things may be great for a quiet afternoon or a long car ride, kids still need supervision. Simply putting on the TV or an interactive online game is not the same as having an adult presence. Doing so may lead to behavioral issues, and children may not listen and will prefer to do whatever they want, especially if they are not used to having an adult around. Kids may become more demanding when it comes to using these technologies. For example, if they are not used to watching TV or playing games for set periods of time, they may have difficulties understanding times where they are denied access or it is taken away from them.

There are other dangers to letting your TV or tablet become your babysitter. When kids are left to their own devices, they are often subservient to something called “curiosity.” Kids will explore other channels, look at other on-demand options, browse Netflix, or may even search the web. Many parents use parental controls to prevent these sorts of things from happening, but parents who are not around may not realize what content their children are being exposed to.

Apps and e-books for Kids
This is why it is so important to guide kids through the digital age. While one argument may arise that states to simply cut down on technology, which is still a good thing, it is also unavoidable in today’s society. Instead of letting Netflix babysit your kid, have yourself or an actual babysitter sit and explore it with them. Whether it is the TV, a tablet, or a phone, offering the proper guidance can help kids foster a healthy relationship with technology. It is imperative to help kids refrain from growing too reliant on technology, which may be the case if they are exposed to it for long periods of time, therefore making it hard adjusting to other activities.


Spending personal time with your children is important, so make sure that any time spent looking at online content or utilizing any of the world’s fabulous technological advances, are shared, healthy and informative. Having all of these aspects present can help create a healthy relationship between your child and technology where they can adapt to new advances without suffering socially or emotionally, with or without them.


Quick Tip: Get them their very own personalized book where they become the main character in the story.  This will sure excite them and take them away from digital technology and get them to read a book and enjoy it! Get a personalized book for your child today!







Parenting in the Digital Age
It is an undeniable fact that we live in a digital age. As parents, remembering a time when things were simpler, but modern children will not have such memories. Sure, some pieces of technology will look and perform differently now than they will when they are older, but this generation and new-coming generations of children will not remember a time before the internet or a time where basic cable was all you had.

It can be hard enough keeping up with the times as an adult, but many parents out there are resorting to these technological advances a little too much. Sure, things are easier now, but that does not mean that certain things should be ignored or overlooked. It is still necessary to be a parent and to do some parenting in this so-called “digital age.”

Many of us have seen plenty of cartoons where homes are kept in order by programmed robots and other Artificial Intelligence, but there really is no substitute for the babysitter. Many more parents these days plop their kids in front of the TV equipped with on-demand channels or Netflix to appease their children while they do chores or other activities. Some parents are resorting to giving their children their phones or iPads to play with while mommy and daddy deal with grown up stuff. While these sorts of things may be great for a quiet afternoon or a long car ride, kids still need supervision. Simply putting on the TV or an interactive online game is not the same as having an adult presence. Doing so may lead to behavioral issues, and children may not listen and will prefer to do whatever they want, especially if they are not used to having an adult around. Kids may become more demanding when it comes to using these technologies. For example, if they are not used to watching TV or playing games for set periods of time, they may have difficulties understanding times where they are denied access or it is taken away from them.

There are other dangers to letting your TV or tablet become your babysitter. When kids are left to their own devices, they are often subservient to something called “curiosity.” Kids will explore other channels, look at other on-demand options, browse Netflix, or may even search the web. Many parents use parental controls to prevent these sorts of things from happening, but parents who are not around may not realize what content their children are being exposed to.

Apps and e-books for Kids
This is why it is so important to guide kids through the digital age. While one argument may arise that states to simply cut down on technology, which is still a good thing, it is also unavoidable in today’s society. Instead of letting Netflix babysit your kid, have yourself or an actual babysitter sit and explore it with them. Whether it is the TV, a tablet, or a phone, offering the proper guidance can help kids foster a healthy relationship with technology. It is imperative to help kids refrain from growing too reliant on technology, which may be the case if they are exposed to it for long periods of time, therefore making it hard adjusting to other activities.


Spending personal time with your children is important, so make sure that any time spent looking at online content or utilizing any of the world’s fabulous technological advances, are shared, healthy and informative. Having all of these aspects present can help create a healthy relationship between your child and technology where they can adapt to new advances without suffering socially or emotionally, with or without them.


Quick Tip: Get them their very own personalized book where they become the main character in the story.  This will sure excite them and take them away from digital technology and get them to read a book and enjoy it! Get a personalized book for your child today!







Dads Reading with Kids
Studies have shown that mothers are most often the ones to read to their children. Though there is nothing wrong with women reading to their children, offering kids a variety of different experiences with both parents with reading can be incredibly beneficial to their development. Not only can this help their reading skills but it can also help build special bonds as well.

Men are often seen as people of action. Dads tend to take over when it comes to physical activity or manual labor, and while these skills are important, it is also important not to get hung up on gender roles. Reading is just as much an activity as anything else; ‘to read’ is a verb, right? It’s something you do! And we all know that having two people read the same thing can provide drastically different results. So having dad step in and do some reading can help broaden a child’s imagination as well as their reading skills.

Studies have actually shown that kids who read with both their mother and their father performed better on standardized tests and had a wider grasp on a more diverse vocabulary. This is because mom and dad both bring something unique to the table. Each person is different and will inherently bring a different skill set to whatever activity parent and child are partaking in. This applies to reading as well.

Similar studies have also shown that not only are kids more well-rounded in terms of their reading skills, but that they are generally better behaved and more emotionally developed as well. This is often because fathers who regularly read to their children also share in caregiving responsibilities with mom, leading to higher self-esteem, better attachment and healthier social competence in kids.


Regardless of whether the child is a boy or a girl, having daddy read to them is important. Statistically, boys do not read nearly as much as girls do and there have been plenty of campaigns pushed by children’s publishers to entice boys to pick up more books. Having dad read can help young boys feel more confident in reading, regardless of subject material.  Another study shows that boys who read with or are regularly read to by their fathers are more likely to score higher in terms of reading comprehension and overall achievement. However, when it comes to girls and reading with their fathers, they can gain more confidence and insight because dad can offer a different perspective and suggest a different array of books and topics than mom would choose.

Check out our vast array of personalized children's books that both child and dad can share and read along together. Visit us at KDNovelties.com.






Dads Reading with Kids
Studies have shown that mothers are most often the ones to read to their children. Though there is nothing wrong with women reading to their children, offering kids a variety of different experiences with both parents with reading can be incredibly beneficial to their development. Not only can this help their reading skills but it can also help build special bonds as well.

Men are often seen as people of action. Dads tend to take over when it comes to physical activity or manual labor, and while these skills are important, it is also important not to get hung up on gender roles. Reading is just as much an activity as anything else; ‘to read’ is a verb, right? It’s something you do! And we all know that having two people read the same thing can provide drastically different results. So having dad step in and do some reading can help broaden a child’s imagination as well as their reading skills.

Studies have actually shown that kids who read with both their mother and their father performed better on standardized tests and had a wider grasp on a more diverse vocabulary. This is because mom and dad both bring something unique to the table. Each person is different and will inherently bring a different skill set to whatever activity parent and child are partaking in. This applies to reading as well.

Similar studies have also shown that not only are kids more well-rounded in terms of their reading skills, but that they are generally better behaved and more emotionally developed as well. This is often because fathers who regularly read to their children also share in caregiving responsibilities with mom, leading to higher self-esteem, better attachment and healthier social competence in kids.


Regardless of whether the child is a boy or a girl, having daddy read to them is important. Statistically, boys do not read nearly as much as girls do and there have been plenty of campaigns pushed by children’s publishers to entice boys to pick up more books. Having dad read can help young boys feel more confident in reading, regardless of subject material.  Another study shows that boys who read with or are regularly read to by their fathers are more likely to score higher in terms of reading comprehension and overall achievement. However, when it comes to girls and reading with their fathers, they can gain more confidence and insight because dad can offer a different perspective and suggest a different array of books and topics than mom would choose.

Check out our vast array of personalized children's books that both child and dad can share and read along together. Visit us at KDNovelties.com.






8 Tips to Keep Kids Engaged During the Summer
School’s out! For some anyway, and for others your kids are probably counting down the days!  Kids are sure to be happy to have the next few months to themselves. As relaxing as the summer holidays are meant to be, it is still important that kids stay sharp so that they can continue their education without a hitch once the new school year starts in August or September. There are plenty of ways in which parents can do this without giving their kids homework or making them feel like they have a lot of work to do. In fact, there are some fun ways to keep kids engaged while also making sure that they’re having a good time.

1. Encourage kids to keep a journal. Keeping a journal can be fun, and it can make a great keepsake for you and your kids for years to come. While kids are writing about their summers or even writing stories of made up adventures, they are also exercising their writing and reading comprehension skills. Writing in a journal has benefits when it comes to memory as well, and can help kids remember more things with accuracy.

2. Plan fun (and educational) trips. Summertime is the most popular time for families to go on vacation, but integrating something educational and interesting into your summer plans can be both fun and informative. Even if you can’t fit a big trip into your budget, make weekly trips to the library, to local landmarks and other places that can offer a lot for kids and adults alike.

Lemonade Stand for Kids
3. Start a lemonade stand! Encourage your kids to get active and get motivated to make money. Whether they sell lemonade on the sidewalk, help with a garage sale or simply pick up some chores around the house, doing so will help give kids an incentive to take on responsibility. Encourage them to manage their money, too, so they can practice some math while they’re at it.

4. Go outside and explore. Getting outdoors is great. Fresh air and activity are integral for staying healthy and childhood obesity is quickly becoming a major problem, so making sure that kids stay plenty active and spend some time away from screens and computers can be beneficial. Going outside, going to parks, going on hikes or simply exploring your own backyard can also help spark a child’s imagination and help them develop a relationship with nature.

5. Make time to read every day. Some kids are happy reading as a pastime, but other kids may need some coaxing. Make it a routine or a tradition to share a book or two every night. Read aloud, play book-inspired games, or even act out your favorite scenes! Reading will help keep kids' reading skills sharp, and playing games can help foster their creativity and confidence, as well.

6. Take advantage of free, online learning. Whether your kids are playing an educational flash game or partaking in an online course, kids may be more inclined to want to learn when it involves the family computer or tablet. There are plenty of educational apps and free online schools that can teach kids valuable skills without feeling like its work at all.

Kids Crafts During the Summer
7. Make some arts and crafts. Inspiring kids to create and use their imaginations can help their critical thinking skills more than you might realize. Creativity can help kids learn how to solve problems, weigh their options and make difficult choices, whether it involves figuring out how to solve a math problem or how to accomplish riding a bike. Being creative can inspire some great art, but it can also encourage out-of-the-box thinking that can help boost general problem-solving skills, too.

8. Don’t be afraid to relax! Rest and relaxation are actually important for mental and emotional development, so don’t forget to get plenty of it. As important as it is to keep kids active, don’t forget about valuable down-time either. Finding a balance between activity and reflection is important, so make sure to let your kids relax and do a bit of what they want this summer, too.

KD Novelties is publisher of personalized children’s books making children the stars of their very own stories.  Personalized Reading promotes literacy while building self-esteem.  Subscribe to our blog for more reading and family friendly tips.











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