Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - May 2014

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Page 40 of 49 n Hudson Valley Parent 39 including offering ideas for "see-saw activities," or activities that com- plement what was learned on the digital device with real-life learning. For example: "It's fine to let your child play with an age-appropriate app for a while (we recommend 20 minutes for a 2-year-old). But then make sure you put down the iPad and do something in the real world that is related to the topic your child has just been learning about." Local parents are handling this issue of balance in different ways. "I don't set specific limitations, but I have the tablets and they have to ask for them," says Kayla Brad- ford, a Poughkeepsie mom to 4-year- old Chloe and 2-year-old Xander. "After a while, I take them away and tell them it's time to play with toys instead." The issue of toddlers and technol- ogy is just one of the many modern parenting issues that simply didn't exist 20 years ago. For more infor- mation on digitods, visit digitod. com. The site also offers reviews on recommended apps for young chil- dren, and practical tips on parenting in a digital world. Sarah Coppola lives in Port Ewen with her husband and two daughters. Amanda Rushkowski's 2-year-old son, Charlie, loves spending time with her smartphone.

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