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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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The Allegations Against Matt Lauer Are Chilling

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 07:58 AM PST

Several current and former employees have come forward with shocking stories of his alleged behavior

Yesterday, America was stunned by the news that NBC had fired TODAY show anchor Matt Lauer over allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior.” At the time of Savannah Guthrie’s emotional announcement on Wednesday’s show, the details of the incidents that led to his dismissal were unknown. Now, they’re coming out — and they’re beyond disturbing.

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Variety published some of the nauseating specifics of accusations from female employees that claim they’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted by Lauer, with the New York Times confirming that two more women came forward yesterday, with one accusing Lauer of rape.

Variety reports that several women had complained about his alleged behavior to network execs over the years, but that no action was ever taken. Behavior such as Lauer once allegedly giving a colleague a sex toy as a gift along with an “explicit” note on what she should do with it. She describes herself as “mortified” by the incident.

He also allegedly “summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis,” and when she was shaken up and didn’t want anything to do with him, he reprimanded her.

The immediate cause of his firing involved alleged inappropriate sexual conduct with a female employee that began at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued on for months afterward.

He would allegedly talk to female employees about who they slept with and enjoyed playing the game “Fuck, Marry, Kill” with both men and women, where Lauer would allegedly take the opportunity to say which female co-hosts he wanted to sleep with.

In short, when NBC News Chairman Andy Lack stated in yesterday’s announcement of Lauer’s firing, “We were also presented with reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated incident," he wasn’t kidding.

The accounts of Lauer’s behavior as told to Variety paint a picture of a serial predator. He allegedly made frequent lewd comments, both verbally and via text, about women’s bodies and general appearance. A former producer with first-hand knowledge of Lauer’s alleged behavior explains, "There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that's still a problem because of the power he held. He couldn't sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he's Matt Lauer and he's married. So he'd have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn't ever complain."

And within his stable means safely tucked into his office, which he allegedly had outfitted with a lock that worked from the inside by the push of a button under his desk. This gave him the opportunity to approach women privately without the concern of anyone walking in on him.

It wasn’t just within his own locked down office that Lauer allegedly harassed women. His behavior while traveling was also said to be inappropriate, including an instance where he asked a female producer he had allegedly harassed previously to bring a pillow to his hotel room. Women told Variety that Lauer had a history of asking female NBC employees to his hotel room late at night while covering the Olympics over the years. His wife reportedly accompanied him to the London Olympics specifically because she knew he couldn’t be trusted alone.

Another accuser tells the New York Times her horrifying account of being asked to come to Lauer’s office in 2001 to discuss a story. She claims he pressed his desk button to lock the door and asked her to sit down and unbutton her blouse, which she did. She says he then bent her over a chair and had sex with her. She says she passed out at some point during the alleged assault with her pants pulled down. When she woke up, Lauer had an assistant accompany her to a nurse.

The woman explains that she never came forward about it before because she thought she may not have done enough to stop him and felt ashamed. She was also worried about losing her job. She says he never made another advance toward her and she left NBC a year after the alleged incident.

A former reporter for the show tells Variety, "Management sucks there," referring to NBC and executives who used to work for the show. "They protected the shit out of Matt Lauer."

Forbes Says Seth Meyers Is The Feminist We Need To Host The Golden Globes

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 06:28 AM PST

Guess all the funny famous womenfolk were unavailable to host the Golden Globes

Let’s start off this post by taking a deep breath for a moment — you probably saw Seth Meyers’ face and name and thought either a.) he’s the latest serial sexual assaulter in Hollywood; or b.) he’s dead. Please rest assured neither of these are true. But according to Forbes magazine, Meyers is just the feminist we need to host the Golden Globes this year.

Because who needs a female feminist host, anyway?

Seth Meyers is, arguably, a talented late-night host. He seems to be a well-respected, fair employer to his women writers. He’s even been a voice of political reason, and is obviously a very funny person. But for whatever reason, Forbes decided to go for the “he’s the feminist hero we all need during this year’s award season.”

It is, at the very least, an odd take.

“The right man for the job.” Oh my God, who approved this content?

The article itself just keeps digging that hole: “But, when taking into account the onslaught of sexual harassment charges reported from Hollywood, Meyers, who has repeatedly proven himself to be a feminist ally, is the perfect person to stand behind the mic.”

Also this: “But along with political commentary, Meyers' show has provided a platform for women unseen on many other late-night shows. The show's writing team of 12 includes three women, a ratio that could increase but is still higher than other shows.”

Wow, so heroic.

Can men be feminists? Sure, of course they can. But let’s not pretend prestigious job opportunities are a rarity for privileged white men. While I personally love Seth Meyers, and while who hosts the Golden Globes isn’t something that takes up a lot of mental space in my life, I would have also loved to see literally any female actor or comedian host the show. Leslie Jones, perhaps? Tig Notaro? Samantha Bee? Tiffany Caddish? It’s almost like Forbes maybe shouldn’t have poised Seth Meyers as the feminist hero we all need right now.

You know who else agrees? Literally all of Twitter.

WOWZERS THREE WHOLE WOMEN!

Yes, exactly. No one’s bashing Meyers here — but this is the cringiest of Hot Takes.

With Hollywood in particular proving itself to be a veritable man pit of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment lately, maybe the Hollywood Foreign Press could have used, oh, I don’t know, a non-man to emcee the first big awards show of the season? Just a thought.

Adorable (And Easy) Snowman Bark That Will Melt Your Heart

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 05:09 AM PST

What if we told you that you can make a holiday treat and it’s not supposed to be perfect? Yeah, we thought you’d like that. This chocolate bark is so easy, you can make it for the entire class, family, or just for yourself. It’s the holidays — treat yourself.

All The Things You Won’t Be Able To Remember Now That You’re A Mom

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 05:00 AM PST

You know what moms can never forget? Twenty-four hour customer service with GEICO. You could save 15% or more on your car insurance just by switching.

Ready to have your mind blown? Ok, here we go:

The forgetfulness associated with pregnancy doesn't stop once a woman gives birth.

Nope.

No way.

In fact, it turns into full blown memory loss about LITERALLY EVERYTHING. Don't believe us? In addition to revisionist history like thinking your 20s were really awesome (newsflash: they weren't, and honestly "friendsgiving" kind of sucked), there will be those little everyday lapses. Each of the following is a true life example of something that you will not, at some point, be able to remember. Because you're a mom now and your brain hates you.

Your children's names.

They aren't coming when you call from the bottom of the stairs. And the reason why is because that name you're bellowing at the top of your lungs? It's your dog's.

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Where you hid gifts.

Wow. You got so good at hiding birthday gifts from your kids that you can't find them! Oh well, there's always next year.

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Your best mom pal's name.

She'll be in the middle of a hilarious story about her kids eating dirt and you'll be thinking how funny and relatable she is and it will suddenly hit you: you have zero memory of what her actual name is. Megan? Alicia? Tori? Who knows?

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How your laundry got in the oven.

Hmm. Wonder how that got here. Meh. Just ask yourself: can I put a child in these clothes without everyone knowing I've officially lost my mind? If the answer is yes, you're doing fine.

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Why you're standing in the middle of the kitchen.

Standing in the middle of the kitchen with no idea why you're there or even how you got there? Yep. Sounds about right.

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Where the groceries are.

Still at the store? Possibly. Trunk of the car? Well, you'll find out in a couple days.

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What sleep feels like.

No. Seriously.

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That you have to rinse shampoo out of your hair before exiting the shower.

Straw-like unmanageable hair? You don't need new hair products. You just need to remember how to use the ones you have.

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Whose form you're filling out.

If you find yourself filling out a form in an office somewhere, consider writing notes all over your body before you go. Otherwise your loan application may show your date of birth as 2015.

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That your bills actually have to be paid.

As you stand under a shower that won't turn on, you may find yourself with a vague memory of the stack of bills you accidentally threw in the recycling bin.

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When you find something that makes your life easier and doesn't require you to actually remember anything, hang on tight and never let go!

Change to "Like 24/7 always-on customer support from GEICO. You can call anytime, day or night. And the GEICO Mobile app makes it even easier by pre-filling your insurance information when, you know, you can't remember your house number. There may be days you can't even remember what car you drive. But thanks to GEICO, you won't need to.

Mom Shares Warning After Her Son Was Seriously Hurt By A Common Christmas Decoration

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 03:38 AM PST

Mom warns other parents about the dangers of weighted stocking holders

Decorating the house for the holidays can be a blast. But as fun as it is to let your inner Joanna Gaines come out and play, one mom is reminding us that just because something’s festive doesn’t mean it’s kid friendly or baby safe. Nicole Mackintosh Leo’s son suffered a serious accident with life long effects when he was 14-months-old after pulling a weighted stocking holder down on himself. Now, three years later, Leo’s sharing the story on Facebook in hopes of preventing another child from getting injured.

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She describes how her son pulled the stocking holder down onto himself from the mantle, and how it hit him in a very delicate location. “Three years ago, my son (then 14 months) was at home with his nanny when he pulled on a Christmas stocking and the weighted stocking holder fell and hit him directly in his left eye,” she wrote. Sadly, the toddler’s injuries were very serious. “After emergency surgery at Harborview, the doctors determined that the damage was too extensive and that he would need to have his eye removed,” she explained. “One week later we were at Children's for his enucleation [eye removal] surgery.”

We’ve all seen these weighted stocking holders, usually with cute snowmen or reindeer on the front, with a solid, heavy base. In fact, you might have some on your mantle right now. They’re heavy in order to counter balance the weight of all the goodies you stuff into the stockings for Christmas. Because they’re usually on a shelf or a mantle, it’s easy to see why we’d think that they’re safely out of reach of little hands. But we all know toddlers (and even older kids TBH) are masters are getting into things they’re not supposed to, so it’s totally easy to see how they could grab hold of the stocking and pull the heavy holder down on themselves, just like Leo’s son did.

If you’re wondering how you’ll hang the stockings by the chimney with care without your holders, Leo has a suggestion. “There are much safer alternatives on Amazon; we use 3M Command hooks,” she says. Personally I’m all about white duct tape.

Even in spite of such a serious injury at such a young age, Leo says her now little boy is doing amazing. “Our story has a happy ending. Our son has a flawless prosthetic eye. He is one of the silliest, bravest, most fun-loving boys I know. He plays soccer, t-ball, and he loves swimming,” she writes. We are lucky.”

Still, it’s her hope that sharing their story will prevent someone else’s child from getting hurt. “I hope by posting this, I'm raising awareness,” she says. Please reconsider using weighted stocking holders.”

41 Non-Toy Gift Ideas For The Kids

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:00 PM PST

All of us who have children have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight. It's especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children, or grandparents want to give gifts.

Gifts are good things! But too much of anything isn't good.

A great way to combat too many toys is to shift all the gifts to non-toy items.

Classes. Music, dance, riding, drawing. Classes are a great way to encourage children in their interests and let them know that you pay attention to them and what they enjoy.

Memberships. Zoo, science museum, children's museum, YMCA membership, etc. These are particularly great for family gifts! Many young families want to enjoy day outings, but affording them can be a challenge, so give them the gift of a yearly membership.

Something for their room. Do they need a lamp, alarm clock, or shelf? Perhaps an organizing caddy to help keep their art or hobby supplies under control. Many older kids enjoy displaying their LEGO creations on a shelf where younger siblings can't reach.

Events. Movie tickets, tickets to a play, concert, or sports event are really exciting! Having an event to look forward to makes the rest of life more enjoyable.

Activities. Mini golf, bowling, skating rink. These are so much fun! And a big part of the fun is going together. Children love spending time with the adults in their lives. They want to see you enjoying your time as well as enjoying them.

Recipe and ingredients. Kids love cooking with their parents. Baking something special or cooking dinner is an ideal time to spend together and learn life skills. Print out a recipe, purchase all the ingredients, and set a date for cooking together.

Crafting Date. Crafting dates can mean the world to our creative little people. Keep a basket of craft supplies and check out 101 Kids Activities for inspiration.

Arts and Craft Supplies. If your craft box is running low, stock up a little on things you need. Add in something fun the kids haven't used before. A gift of art and craft supplies often brings on the imagination, and kids can't wait to get to work.

Coupons. An envelope of coupons that they can "spend" at any time: “One chore — no questions asked — for movie and popcorn night. You pick the movie!” “1:1 game of cards or basketball” (whatever the child's interest is). “Sit and read a book with me.” “Stay up a half-hour past bedtime.”

Restaurant Gift Card. Dinner, ice cream, coffee, cupcake — whatever suits their fancy! Give them the freedom of inviting whomever they wish: It may be mom or dad. It may be a grandparent, aunt, or even teacher that they would like to spend more time with.

Dress-Up Clothes. Some of the most fun my kids have had have been with two old wigs and play silks that they used to create dresses or capes.

Books. Books are always excellent options and typically aren't considered "toys”.

Kindle and Books. Minimize the clutter of a bookshelf and get a bunch of books on loaded on a Kindle.

Audiobooks. Audiobooks are great for all ages. They’re great for downtime for kids.

Clothes. When kids only have a certain amount of clothes, they often enjoy getting clothes. Make it a point to get something that fits their style and can be worn many ways.

Snacks. If your child is a foodie, they will love this! Some homemade granola or cookies made just for them is a special treat!

A Watch. The average child these days doesn't know how to read analog, or finds it takes too long to think about it, so they search for a digital watch. Getting them a cool watch makes them want to be able to tell time on it. Young, tweens, and even teenagers can be excited about this.

Puzzles. These are great activities for when kids have to be indoors. It's a good practice to have individual quiet times during the day, and having a puzzle to sit and work on by themselves helps brain development and problem-solving skills.

Games. Games teach a lot too! Monopoly and PayDay have been popular and help cement math skills. Memory games are great for younger children. Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are great for older kids.

A Swoop Bag. This is a huge help for children and parents alike. Great for Legos or sets of small toys that the kids like to play with, the swoop bag makes cleanup and storage so simple.

Calendar. Many children like to know what is going on, what day it is, how many days until __. Give them their own calendar so they can plan everything out.

Photo Album. Little ones love looking at pictures of family members and themselves doing things or at special places. Costco and digital photo sites let you create a photo book of all the special people and special things your child has encountered.

Bird Feeder and Seed. Having a bird feeder outside a window to watch is very entertaining for kids and helps pique their interest in wildlife. You can also encourage them to recognize bird species and develop a lifelong interest!

Artwork Picture Frame. Displaying our children's artwork is important and also very fun. But the fridge tends to get filled up, and parents at times feel guilty for throwing anything away. An art cabinet hangs on the wall and allows you to change pictures out when a new masterpiece is created.

Savings Account or Stocks. Setting money aside each birthday or holiday may not be very exciting for these little people right now, but when they turn 18 and realize the amazing start they have in life, it will be a huge blessing. You can give a small token gift that they can open and enjoy on their special day, but put the majority of the gift into a savings program.

Music. Kids love music! Some great kid-geared artists are: Raffi, Tom Chaplin, and Sandra Boynton.

Sleeping Bag. Having their own sleeping bag can make little ones pretty excited about sleepovers, trips, or camping-out family nights.

Piggy Bank and Coins. This may take some supervision, but all the little people I know absolutely love putting coins into their piggy banks!

Wallet. A wallet is such a grown-up thing, which makes it extra-exciting. For the young ones, it's best if it has some zipper pockets as well as areas for bills.

Shoes and Boots. Snow boots or rubber boots are especially helpful. For the little cowboy or cowgirl, having a special pair of cowboy boots is super exciting.

Math Counters. Kids will totally end up playing with these animal counters. We keep ours in a small bucket and bring them out when everything else is put away. We stack colors together, make patterns, practice adding and subtracting. We have a lot of fun with these.

Donations. Children understand more than we think they do, generally they are caring and thoughtful of others. If you explain to them that some people don't have food to eat, or a nice place to sleep and the children have to have jobs, they can sympathize with that. There are many places that take charitable donations, help those in need, and send a card or a plush animal to someone you love. We personally like World Vision and Compassion International.

Sporting Equipment. Now is a great time to splurge for their own skis, snowshoes, trampoline, etc. Think through what activities you do as a family or something you would enjoy doing.

Real Tools. Yes, they have play ones, but isn't it more fun if you can use the real thing? Go ahead and give them a box of nails, a hammer, and some scrap wood. Be sure to supervise, but it won't take long before they pick up this important skill.

Real Fishing Supplies. If you are an outdoor family, you know high-quality supplies are easier to use and work better than any of the character/cutesy supplies they market to kids. It's much more fun to take children into the outdoors when the adults don't have to fight the equipment. If you get a telescoping rod, it means the kids can transport their own to the fishing spot and not worry about damaging it.

Real Camping Supplies. Just like the fishing stuff, higher-quality supplies are easier to use, even if they aren't as “cool.” Quality equipment can last them their entire lives.

Real Gardening Supplies. Again with the real — but real is good! Having their own set is special and makes working easier for them. Add everything to a pot with some dirt and seeds, and they can grow something fun right away.

A Digital Camera. Help them develop good photography skills. A point-and-shoot is a great to start out, and if your photographer is an older teen and in need higher-end equipment, it's a great time to learn those skills.

Jewelry Box and Real Jewelry. Having a place to store jewelry without loosing earrings and getting necklaces tangled is a true gift, but also getting them into the habit of putting jewelry away will help them their entire life.

An Umbrella. My kids beg to be in the rain with an umbrella, and it's a wonderful way to show that you are paying attention to their interests with a themed umbrella.

Tea Party. Do you remember real tea parties? I loved sitting for tea with my grandmother, eating little sandwich triangles and dainty cookies. Schedule a date and have them wear something nice. If they are young, maybe give a coupon with the Fancy Nancy Tea Parties book.

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In Defense Of Saying The Word ‘F*ck’ A Lot

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:00 PM PST

I love words. Like, ridiculously love them. In fact, you might say I am kind of obsessed with them — like the graphic-tee-wearing, quotes-on-coffee-mugs, words-on-pillows, tattoo-on-my-forearm kind of obsessed. As a writer, I love nothing more than finding the perfect word, at the perfect time, to perfectly describe what I am trying to say. And sometimes the perfect word just happens to be fuck.

I realize my use of that word offends some people. It strikes a chord, I get it. But striking a chord in people is precisely why I curse.

Because words have power.

We, as a culture, have bestowed a little extra oomph on certain words, and in the case of cuss words, we've taken it even further and deemed them downright bad.

Bad, really? How can a word be bad? Loaded, yes. Strong, sure. Supercharged, I get it. But at the end of the day, it's still just a word.

When I was growing up, my mother rarely swore. She's just a tiny little bit of a thing that meditated every day and taught us to always look for the best in people. So you can imagine the reaction she'd get from us kids when an expletive emerged from her perfectly painted lips. When we were young, it immediately made us step into line — you don't mess with an English teacher who's mad enough to cuss. Which was exactly the point of her using those words. (Of course, by the time we were teenagers, it had the opposite effect, my 5-foot-2 manicured momma dropping an F-bomb is some funny shit).

I don't actually throw cuss words around like a longshoreman on leave, but I do know how to use a well-placed fuck — sometimes to get a reaction, sometimes to drive home a point, and sometimes it's just a damn good punchline.

As a lover of all things word-related, I think we should stop teaching our kids that some words are bad.

With our daughter, we have introduced the idea of strong words instead. The idea that certain words are extra-charged and may elicit a stronger reaction than others. She gets that it's no big deal to sing along with Gwen Stefani as we're trucking down the road: "This shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S." But she might want to gauge the room before sharing that particular performance with everyone in her life (like her 80-year-old grandfather for instance).

Of course, strong words can also lose their power, especially when overused. We have a friend who cusses like it's his job, but my daughter barely even notices when his four-letter firebombs start flying.

I prefer to use my strong words more sparingly, keeping them charged and ready for when I need them. I like my cuss words like I like my coffee — strong, bold, and full of flavor — for maximum effect.

At the end of the day, I don't want my daughter worrying about which words are bad and which ones are good. Instead, I want her to understand that words have power — to hurt, to heal, to silence, to change. They have an effect, and the stronger the word, the stronger the effect.

It is precisely this amplified power that makes strong words so impactful. And precisely why some of us just love to use them.

Oh For Fuck's Sake, The McDonald's New Minion Toy Is Not Saying 'Fuck' is a way more intriguing headline than “Parents Upset Over Possible Inappropriate Language in New McDonald's Toy” — don't you think?

So I'll keep dropping my strategically targeted F-bombs and keep helping my daughter understand the power of words, so she learns to use them consciously, wisely, and for maximum fucking effect.

Know someone who loves to employ a good four-letter attention-getter? Do you engage in the art of the expletive yourself? Share this article with other conscious cussers — you'll be so fucking glad you did.

Got A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Here’s What To Get Them For The Holidays This Year

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:00 PM PST

Do you have a kid that, if given a choice, would rather stare at a screen than do anything else? I’ve got two of them. It’s like pulling teeth to try to get them to put their devices down and rejoin society. But with the holidays coming up, I don’t think it’s wrong to indulge them a little bit. My kids are so busy most of the time that sometimes they just need to come home and do something on a screen for a while.

The toys below are all ones that you can feel good about giving to your screen-obsessed kid, and they will also be thrilled to see them beneath the tree.

1. Sprout Channel Cubby

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This is for that littlest screen-obsessed person you have in your house. If you want to feel good about your parenting (because learning) and also have a small window of peace and quiet (because all of your kids’ favorite characters), this is the perfect gift.

2. Sphero SPRK + STEAM Educational Robot

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So, this isn’t technically a screen, but you have to actually use a screen to work this fun toy, so it’s a win-win. My kids got the regular white Sphero last year for Christmas, and it’s one of those toys that they still play with. I’ll apologize to all of your pets now.

3. Mini Portable Retro Arcade Machine

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I mean, c’mon, this is awesome. I even want one of these. There are over 300 games in this 6-inch tall thing, and these are games that I’m probably still good at! Bring it on.

4. Spy Gear Video Walkie Talkies

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They can stare at a screen and be social at the same time! My kids love pretending to be spies, and I love when they are doing something that doesn’t have their butts parked on the couch. These are great to get that screen-obsessed kid up and out of the house, searching for clues and solving mysteries.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 

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This Samsung tablet has a touch screen and aligns with the STEM and Common Core education that your kids are getting at school. Thank god something is helping them out because I’m terrible at Common Core math. This can also be used as an e-reader, and you can program it to keep track of the time that your kid is on it. It sounds like it might be a better parent than I am.

6. LCD Pix Frame

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Kids love looking at pictures, especially if those pictures are of them. And if you’re like me, you’re probably terrible at putting photos in albums, so you can let this electronic frame do the work for you.

7. Refurbished Apple iPad Mini

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Why spend a zillion dollars on a new iPad when Walmart will let you buy a refurbished one? This is an amazing deal and just might save us from the million fights that our kids have over the one iPad in our house. Because Minecraft.

8. Hamilton Electronics iPad Case

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It’s kinda pointless to get an iPad without getting something to protect it. Trust me, I’ve spent way too many hours at that place that repairs iPad screens. TRUST ME.

9. Contixo Kid Safe Headphones

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Kids need headphones so that we, as their parents, can live our lives without listening to Caillou whine all day. You’re welcome.

10. Disney Flix Jr. Digital Video Camera

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I mean, why not? My kids went through a phase last year where they were recording short, silly plays and having this would sure ease my mind about my own phone being used. It’s only $4.99, so not the most high tech thing ever, but it’s sturdy for smaller kids who will drop it 9,000 times.

11. Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam

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A little more sophisticated at $39.99, this camera can do slow and fast motion and has the ability to attach to a bike or skateboard. It also comes with an all-weather and water-resistant case because, you know, kids.

12. Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch

 

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Our kids are basically living in the future, so they might as well have a watch that’s futuristic too. Not sure I’d let this one go to school, however — seems like a little too much temptation for my kiddos.

13. DigiArt Creative Easel

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This is for sure going to be under my Christmas tree this year. My 6-year-old wants to be an artist someday, and this looks like just the thing for all of her budding creativity.

14. Bluetooth Karaoke System

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This is going to take our dinner parties to a different place, and I apologize to all of my neighbors in advance. DANCE PARTY!

15. Kids’ Drone

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Last but not least, this is a mini drone, and I might be getting it more for my husband than for my kids. It’s still cool, and at just a little over 50 bucks, we will all be entertained for many hours with this thing. AND IT CAN FLY IN THE DARK!

Have fun out there pulling your screen-obsessed kid into the real world. It’s tough, but with the right gadgets and toys maybe we can fool them into having some fun with the rest of us.