Peter Rabbit with a Selfie Stick

Daddy Dazed and his daughter are loving these Beatrix Potter characters updated for the 21st century.

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The mini figurines have been made by artist Marcus Crocker to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.

Gorillagate

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It’s hard not to feel sympathetic towards the parents of the kid who jumped into the gorilla enclosure. Those parents getting internet trolled in America are up there mostly through extreme bad luck.The reason why most of us parents aren’t up there, being condemned in our own version of gorilla gate is because of good luck.
Every parent has a tale of when things could have gone terribly wrong.

I Remember the time I was installing M’s stair gate, and drilled into a lighting cable, descended two flights of stairs in a hurry to check fuse box, leaving toddler amused at top of stairs by the pretty blue flashes jumping out the small hole in the wall.

#middleclasskids

The 5 year old was outraged today when she discovered she hadn’t been given the full complement of colouring pencils at Carluccios – the red one was missing.

Evidence #1 - The offending item.

Evidence #1 – The offending item.

Childminding Daddy Style

The mother of two girls set up a remote camera so her mother could see her grandchildren doing cute things. Instead, mom discovered how her husband child-minds the kids when she isn’t there. Props to the big man for his parenting / dancing skills.

Top Dad

A dad consoles his kid after the Paris terrorist attacks. This is next level sh*t parenting.

The age of the tablet is here

Shortly after the release of the iPad in 2010, Steve Jobs confidently announced that sales of these devices would catch up with and exceed those of PCs by 2015 – and with this year’s sales standing at 320 million tablet sales, versus just 316 million sales of desktops and laptops, it seems that California Hall of Fame inductee has been proven correct once again.

As prices tumble and technology improves, sales of tablets have been rising steadily, but probably the key reason for their popularity over PCs is the tablet’s perceived functionality: anyone, old or young, can quickly and easily pick one up and start using it. This factor has seen a wave of young children enjoying their first taste of technology via tablets – with iPads and their rivals essentially serving as “gateway devices” to the digital age.

Parents in particular have embraced this relationship, and with a range of educational apps and games available that allow them to take advantage of the growing appeal and importance of computer literacy in the 21st century, tablets regularly serve a number of functions in the modern home.

‘Tynker’ is right at the forefront of this movement, an app offering children the chance to learn basic computer programming skills, whilst (on the face of it at least) masquerading as a game, ensuring that “learning” is never confused with “lessons”. Teaching algorithmic thinking, it allows children to get to grips with coding and even develop their own games – and as a bonus, will keep them busy for hours.

See too, ‘Teach Your Monsters To Read’ – a reading app which allows your children to play the role of tutor to a ridiculously cute creature with a real thirst for stretching his vocabulary – and also ‘Curious Words’, which allows your kids to record short videos relating to new words, before bringing the fun to life by turning them short films that they will be just dying to share with you before you pack them off to bed.

And for many parents, this is when the benefits of a tablet really come to the fore: a tablet can be kept close by at all times so with just the flick of a switch, we can check the news, play games, send and check emails and log into social media with ease.

As such, there are plenty of “adult-friendly” apps available for tablets too, and ‘HomeBudget’ is a great one for helping you to manage your home’s finances; allowing you to set a monthly budget and work out how best to stick to it, logging receipts, spending and surprising windfalls.

Speaking of which, there is no reason why games should only be for the kids – so use your tablet to check out Chipzup.com, a site that gives you information on and access to the best online gaming out there. Effectively working as a comparison website, Chizup assesses a wide number of leading sites based on their selection of games, speed of pay-outs and bonuses, allowing you to make the most of both your stake and your gaming experience.

With strict parental settings, your little ones need never know what you’ve been up to – and it is the multi-purpose nature of tablets that are at the centre of their success. So if you haven’t already, join the revolution and pick one up in time for Christmas – and make sure the whole family is happy come Boxing Day.

 

Boy denies he ate a cupcake

This boy definitely did NOT eat a cupcake. No. No. No.

Playing Computer Games

Daddy Dazed loves these Kids Snippets – kids tales voiced by children, acted by adults.