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Encourage Learning This Summer By Having Kids ‘Earn Time’ to Play with e-Carrot

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to learn about a cool rewards-based technology platform that not only encourages balance in your child’s digital consumption but also gives parents the control to effectively manage how much time their child spends using devices.


Along with a few other mom bloggers, we interacted with the developers of eCarrot, who also happened to be parents and were given a thorough presentation of the app.

As the parent of two boys,  I was excited to hear about eCarrot’s app and how it gives kids a chance to play with smart devices based on correct responses to math questions.  The app also gives parents the control of managing their child’s time without power struggles or hassles.

What’s most impressive about eCarrot is that eaches children how to be better manage their “screen time”. Since the app is geared towards children age 5-12, it helps kids to have an early start on balancing their virtual and real life.  A healthy balance of media creates less stress and challenges in the teen years.  Without learning the skills to manage their time, some kids are at risk of becoming addicted to their smart devices.  Being that kids have more free time over the summer, most kids are spending more hours on their devices.

Since the app works by modifying behavior and rewarding “play time” based on how a child likes to be rewarded. This gives parents the flexibility of using the controls according to their child’s motivating factor rather than a general reward. What this means is that if you have a child who prefers to accumulate their reward, you can set up your account to meet this individual need.

The rewards of using eCarrot is not just for the kids. Parents are given the autonomy to give their kids smart devices without feeling guilty.

eCarrot can be an integral part of summer learning for struggling math students.  According to the National Summer Learning Association: Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

If you’re looking for a tool to help your child use technology responsibly while also helping them learn math, checkout eCarrot! The app is available for FREE on the Android platform on Google Play.

Give yourself peace of mind and give your child a head start in math and digital literacy.



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Mom, Can You Live Without Words?


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I hate to admit this but I used to talk more than I listened. Ok, I still struggle with this issue but I’ve gotten much better. Most of what I’ve said that’s gotten me in trouble has been innocent in nature but has come across as malicious or mean. I’m reminded of the 30 Rock episode when Liz Lemon goes to her high school reunion and assumes everyone will still be mean to her just to find out she was the “mean” girl.

Here’s some of the things that has gotten me in trouble:

1. I once said something inappropriate to a priest. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say that God has stamped my forehead with “Do Not Return”. Before you judge me, I am Catholic and I thought I had to correct him about something.

2. I complimented my husband’s co-worker about his lovely daughter (she was his wife). This was misconstrued as me being catty or a “hater”. Seriously, why would I envy her for marry an older man? Check with me when you’re 50 and he’s 70 and we’ll see who’s really a hater.

3. I asked a woman about her due date just to find out she wasn’t pregnant.

I’ve tried to blame these and other “foot in the mouth” incidents on everything from “mommy brain” to wine. The truth is I was probably half paying attention to the situation or what the person was saying to me. I also used to be so uncomfortable with silence that I felt compelled to fill the void with talking.

I am much better now and I make sure that I give people my full attention but most importantly, I’ve learned to appreciate silence. I’ve learned to value communication by speaking less and being an active listener.  I’m teaching my sons the importance of listening more and speaking less and I continue to do my best to be an example.

Do you have an experience to share about talking too much? Enter the Shut Your Mouth video contest for a chance to win $1,000.

Also check out the movie A Thousand Words with Eddie Murphy and Kerry Washington, which opens in theatres, March 9th. I plan to see the movie because I think I can relate to learning how to stop talking to truly communicate.

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