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Kids & Video Games: 3 Ideas To Help You Feel Better About Your Kids and Screens

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Last night, I did a webinar with Amy Lang of MamaCon and Birds+Bees+Kids. It was all about screen time for kids. One reason we wanted to tackle this topic is that we think a lot of parents are confused about screen time for kids and sometimes (or often) feel guilty about letting their kids spend too much time in front of screens. Here’s what we talked about in the webinar. I’ve included a bunch of links to help you learn more about this important topic—and feel more empowered and way less guilty. Read More

Parenting Styles: 9 Tips for Dealing With Parents Who Judge You for Letting Your Kids Play Video Games

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Let’s face it: parenting styles differ, and one place they collide is around the question of whether you let your kids play video games. If you do let your kids play video games, you’ve probably experienced a raised eyebrow, a blank stare, whispering behind your back, or even a blunt comment: “We never let our kids near those things.”

As if video games were sheer cliffs or ticking time bombs.

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Treating ADHD with Video Games and Exercise

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids where we will be cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman talks about how gaming and exercise can help kids with ADHD. Read More

Top 5 Motion Games for Holiday Family Play (With Marilyn McKenna)

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What does your family do together during those holiday get-togethers? Besides eat? My family might take a walk around the neighborhood, put a puzzle together, or play a board game. But in recent years we’ve added video games to pre- and post-dinner rituals. There’s usually a little Mario Kart or Mario Party, and sometimes we try other games. This year, I hope to get everyone up off the couch with some of these motion games. Here are our Top 5. And thanks to fitness expert Marilyn McKenna for helping us test three of these. Read More

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The Great Motion-Game Playtest with Marilyn McKenna

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What do holiday family get-togethers mean to you? Eating? Or eating, watching movies or sports on TV, playing board games, putting puzzles together, and more eating? Those time-honored family pastimes are always fun, but let’s face it, you end up sitting a lot. And eating at lot. So we got together with fitness and health expert Marilyn McKenna to test a few video games that the whole family can play—and that involve moving around.

Marilyn trekked over to our offices on a winter day to play three games: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Dance Central Spotlight, and Just Dance 2015. Watch the video to find out which one was her favorite.

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5 Rhythm and Music Games You Should Definitely Try

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There’s a lot of talk about how first-person shooters get your adrenaline going. But honestly, nothing gets me more pumped (and more competitive) than music games.

There’s something about accomplishing actions perfectly in time with the music that just thrills me. As a bonus, you don’t have to be a competitive player like me to get into rhythm games. If you can keep a beat, playing a rhythm game is a great way to dip your toes into gaming. Rhythm games are also usually more kid-appropriate than other games, so they’re a great way to share a musical moment with your kids.

Below are some of my favorite rhythm games.

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