Do Babies Learn to Swipe Before They Learn to Talk?

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Personal cloud storage company MiMedia has released the results of a survey of parents.

76% of parents admit to running out of storage on their phones from taking too many photos/videos of their kids
71% think Moms take more photos of their kids than Dads
Nearly 3 out of 5 parents (58%) say their child (age 0-3) was able to operate a touchscreen digital device by swiping before they learned to speak
57% think Moms share too many baby photos on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
Almost half (47%) of parents say their child (age 0-3) likes taking selfies
47% of parents share at least 1 photo/video on average of their child (age 0-3) per day, whereas 34% don’t share any
1 out of 3 parents (34% ) takes 1 video on average of their child (age 0-3) per day, whereas 13% of parents take 5+ videos on average of their child (age 0-3) per day
28% take 2 photos on average of their child (age 0-3) per day
Almost 1 out of 3 parents (28%) admits to taking substantially more photos of their first born than other children
22% of parents take 5+ photos on average of their child (age 0-3) per day
13% of parents take 5+ videos on average of their child (age 0-3) per day

Parents should be careful to make sure they are spending more time interacting with their children than taking pictures and videos of them — and that children learn about how to behave with people before they learn about how to interact with machines.

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Fandango’s Best Road Trip Movies — From “Thelma & Louise” to “Vacation”

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

As families plan their summer schedules, there’s almost sure to be a road trip. You might want to take a look at Fandango’s list of the greatest road trip movies to help you decide what you do and don’t want to include. From “Thelma & Louise” to “Zombieland,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” “Lost in America,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” the list has action and adventure, comedy, and romance. My list would omit “joe Dirt,” “The Guilt Trip,” “Wild Hogs,” “Identity Thief,” “Vacation,” “Crossroads,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” but I was glad to see choices like “Sideways,” “It Happened One Night,” “Nebraska,” and “Midnight Run,” four of the all-time greats. I’d add “The Sure Thing,” “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” “The Daytrippers,” “Smoke Signals.” “O, Brother Where Art Thou?,” and the two “Trip” movies with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (another one is coming!). I often say that the single most popular theme in stories is a journey, from The Odyssey to “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Jungle Book.” There’s a reason for that — a journey separates us from the usual and familiar and intensifies our responses. And it provides us with unlimited opportunities for risk, adventure, lessons learned, and new friends, sometimes even romance.

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Movie Mom Media Appearances

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Many thanks to The Timo Show for inviting me on to talk about movies and the challenges parents face in trying to find good movies for kids — and keep them away from the ones that are not good or not good for them.

I always have a great time with the guys at Motley Fool Money, and this time was especially fun because we had a live audience.

And I also appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post on some corporate governance issues in the last week.

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Movies This Month: June 2016

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 8:00 am

Happy June! Lots to celebrate — Father’s Day, graduations, the end of the school year, and summer movies! Here’s some of what we have to look forward to this month:

June 3

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” The heroes on a half shell take on Shredder and Tyler Perry as a mad scientist.

“Me Before You” The best-selling book by JoJo Moyes is about a cheerful young woman who gets a job as a caretaker for a man who was paralyzed in an accident.

“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” Andy Samberg, whose musical spoofs with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone were a highlight of his time at SNL, joins forces with them again along with SNL alums Maya Rudolph and Tim Meadows in this story of a rapper in a slump.

June 10

“Now You See Me 2” Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan join the cast in this sequel to the hit heist film about the magicians. More twists this time, including a dual role for Woody Harrelson.

June 17

“Central Intelligence” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart star in this action comedy about a CIA agent to gets help from a high school friend.

“Finding Dory” Nemo and his dad have to help their memory-impaired friend find her family.

June 24

“Independence Day: Resurgance” It’s been 20 years since Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum uploaded that virus to the aliens. Now the aliens are back and so are many from the original cast including Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, and Bill Pullman.

“Free State of Jones” Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Keri Russell star in this fact-based historical drama about a pre-Civil War integrated community that rebelled against the Confederacy.

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