Manage Your Technology When You Have Children

Technology can be a hugely beneficial tool when you’re raising young children. If the weather is bad, it will keep them entertained for hours. If they are completing a school project, it will give them access to all of the information that they could ever need. Or, if they are struggling to think creatively, it will give them all of the tools that they require to let their imaginations run wild. However, children and technology are not always a good combination. If the correct safety measures are not put in place, both your child and your devices could be at risk. That is why it’s so important to take control. Below are four ways to manage your technology when you have children.

Install Password Protection

If you’re worried about how your children are using technology, you’ll need to install password protection. This will give you complete control over the areas of the internet that they are able to reach. It will also allow you to decide what apps they have access to, which games they can play, and whether or not they are able to stream television programmes. By using password protection, you can ensure that the adults and the children in your household have a very different user experiences.

Protect Your Devices from Wear and Tear

Make sure that your children aren’t left feeling responsible for any accidents. Remember to invest in protective cases and screen shields. This is the best way to avoid any permanent damage. Try not to get distracted by appearance, or be persuaded to let your children choose cute accessories. The important thing is to find protection that does what it’s supposed to.

Limit the Use of Technology in Your Household

Whatever you do, don’t let your children have unlimited access to technology. Instead use it as a reward for good behaviour. This will stop them from overusing the devices. You should also be encouraging your kids to take regular breaks. It’s important that their eyes are protected and they don’t get repetitive strain injury in their hands. You should also bear in mind that technology is extremely addictive. That is why it’s so important not to let a situation get out of hand. Instead, make sure that your children have a healthy relationship with technology.

Have a Back-up Plan

Have you ever been called into a technical crisis where your kids swear that the screen just when blank all by itself? Sometimes children can be oblivious to the button that they’ve pressed or the virus that they’ve accidentally downloaded. That is why you need to have a back-up plan. Try to find a service that uses a data recovery cleanroom. This is the best way to ensure that your media components don’t take on serious damage during repairs. If you want to retrieve your data, or to restore your device to its former glory, you’ll need to seek help from the best.

How do you protect your technology?

(This is a collaborative post)

Rebecca

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Bedtime Routine InfaCare

What can I say except that our evenings are rather hectic! Both husband and I both get in around 6pm-ish. Our bedtime routine starts right after food. One of us will take the girls up and start running a bath whilst the other loads the dishwasher, tidies up the kitchen and prepare the milk. After a bit of play – usually involves a couple of rounds of hide and seek – we start our evening routine with a nice bath.

Infacare Night Time Baby Bath

It’s specially formulated to take care of the most sensitive of skin. It’s so gentle and therefore suitable for use on babies as young as one month old. It’s also ideal for those with dry skin. For this reason I also use it as I suffer from dry skin quite badly.

We love using Infacare’s Night Time Baby Bath. The girls love it so much! They love how it lathers up and spread it all over their tummies! They will take turns to write/doodle in the lather. They just can’t get enough of the stuff. Thankfully it comes in a decent 750ml sized bottle.

InfaCare Night Time Baby Bath

Also, it smells absolutely lovely! The fragrance is meant to relax and calm babies, children and adults alike – ideal for a bedtime bath! It must work as I find putting them to bed after a bath is much easier than when we skip the bath.

All in all it’s a really lovely product and will be part of our bedtime routine for years to come. Even ducky approves!

What do you use to relax in the bath?

Rebecca

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Easy Does It

I mentioned in a previous post I was recently offered to review Adam Newman’s Easy Does It fitness programme. It’s a fitness programme that is designed to get complete beginners (or amateurs in my case) into a simple exercise routine.

Easy Does It

The Easy Does It programme really does what it says on the tin! It eases you into a daily exercise routine. As mentioned above, it is aimed at complete beginners. The exercises are designed to push you out of your comfort zone without scaring you.

The programme is split into a three week course. Week 1 starts off gently with a mix of strength, cardio and stretch exercises. Week 2 develops on that and pushes you a bit more and then Week 3 pushes you a bit further. Some of the exercise routines will get you out of puff, but as the name suggests, whilst it does push you, it doesn’t kill you!!

Also, because you can work through it at your own pace, you don’t have to do it daily. I will admit that I did not do the course in 3 weeks – it took me more like 4 weeks as I couldn’t find time to exercise everyday – this is life with young kids folks!

Getting Started

Easy Does It

After delaying starting due to a horrible cold, I downloaded the app and I finally got started! Day 1 was the simple fitness test and trust me, it is the WORST bit of the whole experience. You have to do some steps, push ups and a plank. Measure heart rates before and after. Take measurements etc. Well I’ll tell you this much. I was ready to give up as I couldn’t even do one push up! I also didn’t take any of the measurements as I’m not fussed about measurements. I just want to exercise and become fit.

After Day 1 comes the exercises…..

The Exercises

Easy Does It

The app has all the details you need to do the exercises. There’s videos each day where Adam talks you through the workouts and shows you how to do them. He will coach you through each exercise and do the routines with you. Most exercises seems to be 10 reps each so not too much in one go.

There’s a mix of different exercises and different routines during the course of the three weeks. Like I said, there’s strength, cardio and stretch. Some of the exercises that you’ll come across during the programme are:

  • squats
  • lunges
  • the plank
  • push ups
  • press ups
  • burpees
  • stepping
  • kettle bell workout (without the kettle bell!)
  • arm extensions

There’s a few more as well which I haven’t listed but what’s great is that they can all be modified to suit your individual fitness levels. Adam will show the modifications so you can go at your own pace. So for example, if like me, you can’t do the press ups, then there’s a modified version. Over the course of the three weeks you can feel yourself improve until you will be able to do the full press up.

Support Group

The beauty of this programme as well is that there’s a Facebook Group for Easy Does It programme members. Members are encouraged to post on there when workouts are completed. Adam is always on the group and is always interacting with members and offering encouragement. It’s a lovely little community where members support each other as well. And it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who hates the dips!

Pricing

Another nice thing is that it’s low cost. It’s £7.99 to join the Easy Does It prgoramme. You can gain membership to FITme for a fixed sum of £12 per month. This gives you access to the Easy Does It programme and it’s follow on programmes such as the Lean Ladies programme and 12 week Body Fix. Also as part of the membership is access to meal plans and nutrition advice including the 8 week Diet Fix Plan.

If you want more information then visit the website -> Adam Newman Fitness.

Overall Thoughts

My overall thoughts is that it’s a fantastic programme! I would highly recommend it. I’m rather self conscious (and socially inept!) so going to the gym or to an exercise class fills me with dread so what I love most is that you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. No equipment is needed to do it (other than a step) which means it is so easy to jump right in. Now that my 3 weeks has finished, I’m hoping to carry on with maybe the Lean Ladies class. I need to build on this Easy Does It programme and keep going don’t I! Also, I haven’t tried the 8 week Diet Fix Plan yet but I’m thinking of doing that next as my main problem is eating. I love foooooood!

Oh and the best thing, someone has told me that I look like I’ve lost weight! (I haven’t measured myself at all during the programme but if I look and feel better then who cares about the numbers right?)

How do you feel about exercising?

(I was given access to the Easy Does It programme for free in return for the review. All words/opinions are my own honest opinions)

Rebecca

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