It’s Summertime and Head Safety is Important

With the weather finally feeling warm and sunny, and summer break upon us, kids will be playing outside endlessly. Parks, sidewalks and trails will be flooded with children on bicycles, scooters and rollerblades.

Kids may be off to summer camps where they’ll do fun activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, or playing sports. On evenings and weekends, families might take to bike riding the trails as a family, or taking part in a game of baseball.

My first question before the kids head out on their next adventure is, “where is your helmet?” To be frank, getting my 12 and 14-year-old to put on a helmet has recently become a challenge. It seems once grade 6 hits, it’s no longer “cool” to be wearing one. My message to my own kids is, “how cool would it be to fall off your bike and hit your head? Not so cool!”

I’ll see many kids riding their scooters or bikes in the neighbourhood without helmets, and as a mom, I worry for their safety. All it takes is one wrong turn, or a large rock in a path to send that bicycle flying.

Since my boys play hockey too, concussions are a real concern. A concussion is an injury to the brain and can be caused by a strong blow to the head or neck, a fall, or by any other impact. A concussion can affect the way a person feels, behaves and remembers. Here are the signs of a concussion.

Signs of a concussion:

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Sensitivity to noise, light, motion and odours
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling emotional or irritable
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Neck pain
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty remembering facts or events from earlier in the day

Scouts Canada and Hydro One have launched Head Safe

Head Safe

Scouts Canada and Hydro One have partnered to launch Head Safe, a hands-on educational program for youth and families to raise awareness, prevent, identify and manage concussions and head-related injuries. Helmets are important safety equipment that can help prevent many injuries, including concussions.

Launching in the fall of 2019 through Scouts Canada Groups across the country and in communities across Ontario, Head Safe will offer free training to educate young people. Youth will learn head injury first aid, safety measures to protect against head injuries, and how to respond to real-life scenarios. They’ll learn how to recognize the signs of a concussion, what to do, and the six steps of when it’s safe to return to play.

Free Community Events

Scouts Canada and Hydro One will also offer free public community events planned across Ontario. Locations and details will be announced this summer at!

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How to Bring Back the Heat Under the Sheets

This post is sponsored by Bonafide® and SHE Media. 

Many couples with children are leading hectic lives, running ragged, and possibly having less sex. Between work, household chores, and raising children, parents often have little time left for intimacy! That said, as kids become older, couples have more time to rekindle their relationship and hopefully bring back the heat under the sheets.

It’s important for a couple to keep their relationship hot and spicy! Having an active and fulfilling sex life can improve physical health and fitness, reduce stress, and even lead to improved sleep. A study in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that women between the ages of 40 and 65 who place greater importance on sex are more likely to stay sexually active as they age.

The reasons that sex may slow down for women as they age are due to hormonal changes including menopause. When the ovaries stop making estrogen, a woman may experience physical symptoms including a decrease in vaginal elasticity, muscle tone, and lubrication. And for some women, arousal takes longer. As a result, women may experience difficulty with lubrication, pain with penetration, a decreased libido, and difficulty or inability to climax.

In addition to hormonal changes, some women may also have sexual dysfunction because of stress, anxiety, and relationship issues. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If there is something that could help bring back the heat under the sheets, why wouldn’t you try it out?

Introducing Ristela™

Ristela™ is scientifically validated to increase arousal and orgasm, and increases desire over time with daily use. Taken orally, Ristel is plant-based and hormone and steroid free, with ingredients clinically shown to be safe and used by women in Europe for over 20 years.

The ingredients in Ristela – which include French Maritime pine back extract, antioxidants and naturally-occurring amino acids – are designed to increase blood flow and enhance sex drive and sexual satisfaction.

Ristela Clinical Trials

In three clinical trials, women using Ristela saw significant improvements after one month, and even further improvements by month 2. The women in the studies were premenopausal, perimenopausal, or postmenopausal. In all three trials, Ristela demonstrated significant improvements in arousal, orgasm, desire, and overall satisfaction.

How effective is Ristela?

The results are impressive; women experienced greater arousal, orgasm and sexual satisfaction after one month of taking Ristela, and higher results after two months:

Women saw a 62% increase in arousal at month one and 75% by month two1.

Women saw a 62% increase in orgasm at month one and 74% by month two1

Women saw a 61% increase in sexual satisfaction at month one and 75% by month two1

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How to take Ristela?

For best results take two tablets every day and use consistently for one month for best results. Ristela can be purchased exclusively online at, and is also available for a monthly subscription at $45 per month plus free shipping.

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1Stanislavov R, Rohdewald P. PACR (Pine Bark Extract, L Arginine, L Citrulline, Rose Hip Extract) Improves Emotional, Physical Health And Sexual Function In Peri-Menopausal Women. J Women’s Health Care. 2014;3:6.


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Top Reasons to Purchase a Huawei MediaPad T5 (with Giveaway)

Whether you enjoy being entertained on-the-go, check emails, or scroll through social media, tablets are ideal because they’re lightweight and easily portable. I had the opportunity to try the Huawei MediaPad T5 – here’s what I think of this affordable Android tablet and the top three reasons to go buy one today.

Top Reasons to Purchase a Huawei MediaPad T5

The Look & Feel

The Huawei MediaPad T5 is designed just as I would want a tablet designed, with great features and ease-of-use top of mind. It’s has a great screen display, good battery life, and is user-friendly. It’s also light-weight so it can easily fit into a purse, briefcase or backpack.

The display is 10.1 inches, and with a full HD resolution, you can watch entertainment with crisp detail. The Eye-comfort Mode comes in handy as it reduces harmful blue light when reading or watching videos in a darker room. The two-stereo speakers provide rich sound quality thanks to the HUAWEI Histen audio technology.

The MediaPad T5 runs with Android 8.0, and with 2GB of RAM and 2.36 GHz processor, this tablet is speedy! You can easily browse online, open numerous tabs and watch videos and movies without loading wait times. The MediaPad T5 comes with 16G of memory but if you need more, you can insert a memory card to expand the memory with another 256GB.

Huawei MediaPad T5

Perfect for  Work

Whether you need to check emails, edit documents, or read news articles, the Huawei MediaPad T5 can help you get your work done easily anywhere. I know I can’t do certain tasks on my phone, and my laptop is bulky to lug around with me to meetings or the hockey rink. But the MediaPad is perfect for working on-the-go as it can handle much more complex tasks thanks to its ease-of-use and large screen.

One small feature that I love is the back button. Yes, such a simple thing but it totally helps when I’m trying to work in between documents or web pages. Other devices I’ve tried have frustrated me because it’s difficult to toggle back and forth.

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Ease of Use for Kids

Parents will probably agree with me when I say that tablets can be life savers! The Huawei MediaPad T5 makes for great distractions during long car rides or long waiting times at the doctor’s office. The large screen means that icons and apps are easier for those little fingers to navigate.

Children’s Corner is a built-in app that offers a fun place for kids to play and learn. Parents can manage what apps kids can use, and how long they spend on the tablet by adjusting the settings.

Huawei MediaPad T5 Huawei MediaPad T5


  • Android 8
  • 10.1 ” Screen Size
  • 1920×1200 pixels Screen Resolution
  • 1080p Full HD touch screen
  • 16 GB Memory Size
  • 2.36 GHz Processor Speed
  • 5.0 MP camera and front camera 2.0 MP
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Memory Card reader
  • Headphone jack


For the price of $360, the Huawei MediaPad T5 is a bargain! Where to purchase? The Huawei MediaPad T5 is available exclusively at Rogers in Canada!


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This Smart Device Will Help Manage Your Busy Family

This post is proudly sponsored by Aeroplan. As always, the opinions written herein are my own.

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this couldn’t be more accurate to describe our family. Our kitchen is a buzzing hub not only for eating meals but also for connecting before heading to work, school and outings. It’s our place to congregate for family meetings, organizing calendars, and making plans.

As someone who needs to stay organized, I have written lists, a bulletin board, and written a daily planner. But often those organizational tools aren’t enough! The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant can help the whole family stay organized efficiently and quickly thanks to its smart voice response and crisp screen.

Since we started using this clever device, I start the day putting on a pot of coffee and asking Google what’s going on for the day. Simply say, “Hey Google” and ask anything you want – “What’s the weather today?” and “What’s the latest news?” I’ll also ask to listen to my favourite playlist on Spotify.

I’ll ask “What’s on my calendar today?” and hear about events on our agenda. If I’ve forgotten to add something manually to my calendar, I can ask Google to add it via voice commands – so I can continue what I’m doing. Multi-tasking at its best! It’s like having your own personal assistant who can take notes on demand.

Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant Features

The Lenovo Smart Display is easy to set up; either place it portrait or landscape to suit your needs. Simply plug in, download the Google Home app, and connect to your Google account.

The 8″ touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 resolution lets you watch videos, view content, and video chat with beautiful clarity. Use the Google Duo to stay in touch with your loved ones.

Add location so your experience can be tailored to where you live, and explore the options available in your area with Google Maps.

The built-in Google Assistant allows you to enjoy all the benefits of Google Assistant but with the added bonus of a video display.

Ask Google Assistant to show you recipes, tutorials, or music videos on YouTube. Ask to hear your favourite songs on Spotify; the speaker is nice and loud, delivering clear and balanced sound.

If you have the capability, you can also dim the lights, adjust the temperature, or lock the front door, instantly and remotely.

This Smart Device Will Help Manage Your Busy Family

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What Happens When Mom Takes a Vacation Without the Family

Going on family vacations is a wonderful way to bond and create long-lasting memories with your spouse and kids. But in my experience, moms can never fully relax on vacation; kids will always need something, and where do they turn? Nope, not always Dad who’s relaxing in the lounge chair by the pool. It’s “Mooooom!” at home and on vacay.

How can mom completely unwind? By taking a vacation without the family. Yes, a holiday away from the kids and the spouse as well as all of the daily mom duties. No lunch-making, teeth-brushing reminders, or fight-breaking. No battling duelling siblings, breaking up fist-fights or threatening Fortnite bans. Whether it’s for a night, weekend or a week, every mom should make an effort to take a vacation without the family.

This is what happens when a mom takes a vacation without the family.

Your family will appreciate you more.

Will the spouse and children survive? Of course, they will! But they likely won’t carry out as smoothly as they do when you’re around. While they’ll make it through, they’ll miss having Mom there to keep the ship sailing smoothly. The truth is, your family will sometimes take all that you do for granted. Spending time away will force them to learn to appreciate all that you do for them.

Disclosure: they’ll leave a list of things for you to catch up on when you get back because apparently Mom does it best.

You’ll miss them too.

While they’ll appreciate you more while you’re on vacation, you’ll also appreciate them too. Going on a “momcation” without the kids creates space and time to miss them. You’ll feel blessed to have the opportunity to spend time away and be excited to be back in their arms again. Plus, video-calling and Facetiming it so much easier to connect with family while you’re away.

They will bond.

Mom going on vacation without the spouse and kids gives them a chance to bond with one another. They’ll partake in different conversations, activities and fun, creating new memories that they’ll cherish. I know my boys enjoy “guy time” with their dad, whether that’s going out for chicken wings or playing video games together. In fact, if mom and dad can ever take separate trips with the kids, or spend one-on-one together, even better. Your kids will love having you or their other parent all to themselves from time to time.

You’ll learn to relax more.

What a treat to wake up to the sound of birds and howler monkeys! Would I take that over the sound of bickering children? Yes – for a while. Although I cherished the change of scenery, I also missed the noise back home. But I learned to enjoy being in the moment as I knew I’d be back into the routine soon enough. So rather than feel guilty, I embraced my time. So rather than juggle getting the kids ready for school, I bounced out of bed to enjoy a freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee on the terrace overlooking the Peninsula Papagayo.

I deserve a break.

This was the first time I didn’t feel an ounce of mom guilt. My kids are older now and they are much more self-sufficient which does help. But I’ve also realized how important this time is for ME. Moms always tend to put themselves last, and that means reaching a point where mom is feeling depleted and exhausted. Feeling happy, rested and recharged is so important for moms, and taking regular breaks from our obligations should be made a priority.

You’ll reconnect with yourself.

Getting away from responsibilities and obligations can cause you to simply be with yourself, and your feelings and emotions. This is the best time to do some inner work. Use your time on vacation to re-evaluate your goals, create new ones and make plans for the future. But don’t forget to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished too.


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Canada’s Wonderland Has an Exciting New Ride That Will Make You Scream

Since I was a child, the highlight of every summer was making a trip (or several) to Canada’s Wonderland. As a teenager, my friends and I would be dropped off in the morning, and be picked up at the park’s closing.

Now that I have kids of my own, the tradition continues! This year, my son is old enough to be dropped off to spend the day with his friends at Canada’s Wonderland!

Yukon Striker

This year, Canada’s Wonderland has an exciting new ride that will make you scream. Either you’ll love it or fear it – the Yukon Striker. It’s the longest, tallest and fastest dive roller coaster in the world! The ride features a 90-degree drop into an underwater tunnel, and a 360-degree loop, the first ever for a dive coaster.

Canada's Wonderland Has an Exciting New Ride That Will Make You Scream

Canada's Wonderland Has an Exciting New Ride That Will Make You Scream - Yukon Striker

Season Passes

Season passes are a must for us as we will spontaneously decide to hop in the car head over to Canada’s Wonderland for a few hours in the morning until lunchtime, or after dinner, until the park closes.

If you want to get the full benefits of a Season Pass, act now before prices go up May 20th! You’ll enjoy an amazing lineup of events all season, including Celebration Canada, KidZfest, Ultimate Thrills Circus, fireworks every long weekend and the park’s annual Taste Festivals.

Show lineup

Events lineup 

The New GOLD Passes

Also new this year are the brand-new GOLD pass which gives you all the benefits of the regular season pass, plus unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. Halloween Haunt will be open late September to Halloween at night and Camp Spooky for the littles will be open during the day. WinterFest is the park’s new immersive holiday event and will be open late November through Christmas!

A season pass gets you great perks like discounts on food and merchandise, access to VIP events, early ride times, bring-a-friend discounts and more.

Canada's Wonderland WinterFest

Windseeker at Canada's Wonderland

Splash Works

Splash Works – the 20-acre water park – opens May 25.


Also returning July 22 to August 5 is KidZfest, a special celebration just for kids with live entertainment, foam pits, dance parties and appearances by your favourite TV characters, including MARVEL Superheroes! It’s included with admission (or your season pass), just like all our other events

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Disclosure: I am part of Canada’s Wonderland Wonder Crew! As such, I receive special perks such as passes and access to special events Canada’s Wonderland.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom She’ll Love

This mother’s day, buy mom something she’ll love. What does mom really want for Mother’s Day?

Mom might appreciate some time alone to pamper herself, such as a day getaway at Ste. Anne’s Spa. She’d also like to be off-duty for the day from her regular routine. But she also would love to spend time with the family doing something fun together. She also won’t turn down a thoughtful gift; according to a recent survey by Amazon Canada, 71% of Canadian moms want to receive something that is personal and picked just for them.

Here are some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom She’ll Love:

Tom Ford Sunglasses

Cat eye sunglasses will always be in style; it’s a classic shape you’ll be sure to wear for years to come. I love Tom Ford’s FT0555 sunnies with black frame and brown lenses. All the sunglasses on the SmartBuyGlasses website are 100% authentic with original packaging and certificates and comes with a two-year warranty.  $230 at

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019 Tom Ford Sunglasses

Dune Jewelry Bracelet

When I learned that Dune Jewelry uses real sand or elements when creating jewelry pieces, I thought, what a perfect gift idea for mom who loves to travel!  Dune Jewelry is The Original Beach Sand Jewelry Company,® bringing you Experiential Jewelry® from around the world. They use sand and other elements from your favorite beach, trail, ballpark, mountaintop, golf course and more to create a unique line of collectable jewelry with meaning that captures your favorite memories.

I love the Flip Flop Family Bangle which includes a Mom, Dad and Child Charm. Fill Mom and Dad flops with sand or natural elements from your favorite destinations and adventures, then add sterling silver child charms to represent your family. The charms are made with .925 sterling silver, and the Mom and Dad charm also have 18k gold vermeil.

You can either send the sand you’d like used in your jewelry, or select sand in their own database from all over the world. Since Santorini, Greece is my favourite island, I chose sand from Nea Kameni and Red Beach in my bracelet. $225 at Dune Jewelry.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019 Dune Jewelry Flip Flop Bracelet

Fiore Di Maggio Swatch Watch

Say it with flowers that will last longer than just a week!  Swatch’s FIORE DI MAGGIO watch comes in Mom’s favorite colours with a fancy sun-brushed dial and an indicated blossom referring to the right time. Pink hibiscus on the silicone strap nestles gently on her wrist. $110 at Swatch.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019 Swatch Watch

Scentuals Natural Skin Care

Scentuals is a 100% natural skin care and aromatherapy company that handcrafts all of their products with organic ingredients in beautiful BC, Canada. Their products are made with Organic Argan, Coconut and Olive oils, Shea butter, spices and 100% pure essential oils.

The Grapefruit Turmeric Hand Repair Cream nourishes skin with Shea and Cocoa butter and enriched with Argan, Sweet Almond oil and Aloe. The Vanilla Tangerine Lip Conditioner and Peppermint Twist Lip Conditioner are natural and petroleum-free.

I personally love the Balance and De-Stress Roll-ons which are infused with a unique mix of therapeutic grade essential oils with long histories of use based on their properties and abilities to heal and revitalize the body and mind. De-Stress utilizes Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli and Lemon essential oils among others to calm nerves, anxiety and reduce stress. Balance utilizes Ylang Ylang, Juniper berry and Neroli essential oils among others to relax the mind, relieve tension and uplift spirit.

Rosehip oil is a popular beauty staple due to its natural skin rejuvenating and moisturizing properties. It has beneficial fatty acids and nutrients that give skin a beautiful, healthy glow.

The Orange Geranium Bar Soap contains coconut and olive oil to deeply condition and hydrate. They are handmade with pure orange and geranium essential oils. The Vanilla Tangerine Lotion is handcrafted with rich moisturizers and nutrients.  Visit

Mother's Day Scentuals

Sincerely Silver Name Necklace

Channel your inner Sex and the City character with a personalized name necklace from Sincerely Silver. Choose from sterling silver, Sterling silver plated with 18k rose gold or 18k gold. I love that the font is identical to Carrie’s signature necklace, brings me back to my 20s! $55 at Sincerely Silver.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019 Sincerely Silver Name Necklace

“The Brave Art of Motherhood”

A simple way to give mom the gift of self-care is by giving her an inspiring book to read. The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again by Rachel Marie Martin is about finding yourself again and following your passion WHILE being a mom. Inspired by her incredible story, Rachel’s words always come straight from the gut; they are visceral, real and soul searching. She challenges you to find the courage to break cycles, to take off masks and not let fear take control. This book is a balance of tough, “no excuses” ways of approaching life, while allowing breathing room and grace for yourself, for as we all know, life and mothering are not perfect.

Thumper Sport Percussive Massager

If your shoulders are stiff after a day at the office or chasing after the kids, the Thumper® Sport will help soothe your achy muscles. Its long ergonomic handle allows you to reach every muscle on your body. The proven Thumper® drive system delivers a comfortable and penetrating tapotement action into the muscles, with virtually no energy kick back to the handle. This makes the massager easy to hold, manoeuvre and operate.  $139.99 at Costco

Poppy Blossom Green Refillable Zip Journal

The Refillable Zip Journal is perfectly practical for both personal and professional use. It features a zip around closure to keep your writing safe and sound and a poppy floral print, vegan leather cover. Inside, a replaceable lightly lined notebook offers plenty of room for recording meeting-minutes or jotting down daily to-do lists. Concealed spiral binding offers a flat. $24.00 at Chapters Indigo

For the New Mom:

New moms need a little more love this Mother’s Day! Since so much attention is on baby, let’s give mom a little extra love with some of these gift ideas.

Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year


Ültra Diaper Bag

The Ültra Diaper Bag is the ultimate diaper bag that will surely fit all of baby’s things, and yours too. It has lots of pockets and sections including a built-in wetbag to help you organize your things. It is available in a modern charcoal color and a fresh heather grey, so it looks great for both mom and dad to carry! $89.99 at bblüv.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019 bbluv Ultra Diaper Bag


Milky Mama Apparel

Milky Mama Tanks transform a breastfeeding mama’s regular wardrobe into a nursing wardrobe ready for simple and discreet nursing. Simply loop the Milky Mama Tank onto a nursing bra to turn any top into a nursing top for comfortable and confident nursing anywhere! $17.75 on

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The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook

For the foodie mama, The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook is a perfect guide to navigating this new world of prenatal nutrition, baby purees and picky eaters. Brimming with wholesome, satisfying recipes for every stage from the first day of your pregnancy to those tricky toddler years, this book eases your transition into parenthood and sets the foundation for your child to be a healthy and adventurous eater.

Chef Aurora Satler and nutritionist Allison Childress anticipate your every new-parent need, with recipes for stocking your freezer for those first days home from the hospital, nutritious foods mom should eat while nursing and methods for introducing your child to new flavors and food textures.

Delicious recipes like Tropical Tummy Mango Faux-’Jito soothe an upset stomach and satisfy intense pregnancy cravings, while Soba Noodle and Broccoli Rabe Buddha Bowls keep your energy up for sleepless nights filled with feedings. As your baby transitions to solids, nutrient-packed purees can be easily whipped up and repurposed into flavorful meals the whole family will enjoy, like Southwest Sweet Potato Cakes and Black Bean Salsa Fresca.

This essential manual will nourish your baby from the first day of your pregnancy through the toddler years.


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How to Manage Your Children’s Tech Use with Family Link

This post is proudly sponsored by Family Link App from Google. I am part of Mom It Forward Influencer Network.
As always, the opinions stated herein are my own.

Navigating technology can be challenging when you have kids! Let’s face it – technology isn’t going away, so it’s our responsibility as parents to teach our children how to use it properly. So how to manage your children’s tech use?

While parents would like to admit that we’re able to manage our children’s tech use, I think we could use a little assistance. Our biggest hurdle is managing the amount of time kids spend on their device and setting limits as well as a cut-off time during homework time, or bedtime. Another issue has been managing the content they see as well; they easily can come across inappropriate content while surfing the web, or discovering videos online.

The Family Link app from Google is a free tool to help parents manage the kinds of content their kids see, and the amount of time kids are spending on their devices. It’s also a great way to keep conversations going about what healthy technology looks like for the family.

What I love about Family Link is that it can help parents:

  • approve or decline apps kids want to download from the Google Play Store
  • hide apps on the device at any time
  • approve purchases your kids want to make in their favorite apps
  • restrict content kids can see in the Play Store by maturity rating
  • block specific sites, only allow a curated set of sites, and apply filters that attempt to block mature content in your Family Link settings.

Google Family Link App

Family Link App

Another concern is how much time our kids are spending on their devices. Family Link allows parents to:

  • set a daily limit for each day of the week, so once that time is up, the device is locked and they can only make calls if they need to
  • set a device bedtime
  • remotely lock your kid’s device anytime
  • see app activity reports so you can keep an eye on what they are using on their device.

Google Family Link App

Google Family Link App

Bonus points – Family Link also allows you to see where your child is located, as long they have their device on and with them. Since my younger son doesn’t have a data/phone plan yet, we can easily know his whereabouts when he’s off playing with friends.

You can download the Family Link app from Google and begin setting some smart ground rules to help guide your kids as they explore the online world.

How to Manage Your Children's Tech Use with Google's Family Link