Today, kids have more than enough media on them. Roscoe Orman and Brian Fitzgerald asked us how we (the mommy bloggers) felt about the amount of time kids spend each day with their iPods, computers, TV and other media (more than they do in the classroom). These kids are also reading substantially less than children did a generation ago. Personally, my kids could sit in front of Nickjr. all day (I am done with just one episode of Dora). I’ve got 2 words for you, just read. If you don’t have the time to read, download some classics from Audiblekids.com. Did you know that reading just 20 minutes a dayencourages listening and language skills, and gives children a strong reading foundation. With audiblekids, you can shuffle audiblekids as much as you want. Imagine how much more fun the annual schlep to Uncle Joey’s house for Passover would be with Roscoe Orman’s voice piping through the car speakers. Change of plans, the big family reunion was just re-located to your house and the kids are on spring break. Download some stories from Audiblekids for them to listen to on the computer. Everybody wins.
A special shout out to Beth from rolemommy.com for giving us mommy bloggers the opportunity to share our own ideas, thoughts, and questions with Roscoe and Brian. Beth, you put the rock in rolemommy.com. I learned so much about how parents and their children just might turn iPods into learning tools. Great meeting fellow mommy bloggers (if I didn’t meet you, it’s because I was in the potty with my 2 yr. old). Blogger love out to @JenSinger, @babiesgottahaveit, @rolemommy, @chefdruck, @madijack and @greenbaby_nyc! If you don’t already follow these phenomamamas on Twitter and Facebook, you should join the caravan today.