Andrea is the co-host of the popular Parenting Bytes Podcast on the CBS play.it network. Parenting Bytes is a weekly podcast and site all about raising the digital generation. From apps and gadgets to sexting, screen time, and other digital dilemmas, we tackle all the issues that parents are facing while raising Generation Z.
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Episode 117: Mommy Poppins’ Meal Kit Smackdown
May 18, 2017
Amy and Rebecca are joined in the studio this week by Anna Fader, Founding Editor and Publisher of the fabulous website Mommy Poppins, who tried nine different meal kits with her family and has a lot to say about them! Are they cost effective? Are they easy? Do they give you enough food? Are the recipes good? Or are they just a waste of money and packaging? We’ll tell you the best options for meal kit food delivery services. Plus our Bytes of the Week!
Episode 116: Public Proclamations of Mother’s Day
May 11, 2017
If Mother’s Day didn’t happen on Facebook did it really happen? Is wishing your mom Happy Mother’s Day on Facebook becoming a replacement for a phone call? Is texting the message OK? Or do you still send an actual card through the mail and pick up a phone?
Plus, what to do if you haven’t gotten a Mother’s Day gift for your mother yet? Here are some last-minute Mother’s Day gift suggestions. And our Bytes of the Week, including a blast from the past and a half-million-dollar contest!
Episode 115: Families Who Vlog: The Dark Side of YouTube
May 4, 2017
Rachel Dunphy joins us in the studio to talk about two articles she wrote for New York Magazine about families who have gone into the business of vlogging: producing videos with (or of) their children with the goal of making money on YouTube. One family went to such extreme measures to get views that two of their children were taken away this week.
Episode 114: How To Stop Those Annoying Robocalls
April 27, 2017
“Hi, this is Heather from account services.” “Hi there, can you hear me? Hold on, I’m adjusting my headset.” “Hello, I’m calling from Microsoft. I need to alert you that you have a problem with your Microsoft computer.” The calls keep coming. Some are recorded, some are actual people. They’re all trying to manipulate you into giving up personal information so that they can steal from you in some way. And even if you know enough not to fall for the scams, the calls are still super annoying! So what can you do about them? Today we talk to Jennifer Jolly, who wrote about this issue for USA Today. She’s got some great tips and apps to block unwanted calls.
Episode 113: Everything New At Disney World And Disneyland This Summer
April 20, 2017
There is so much new in store for both Disney parks this summer it’s crazy! Amy just went to a press preview for the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disneyland and Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney World, which has two big rides and an entire land to explore. Plus Rebecca tells us about her big trip to Japan, and Amy has a lot to say about her Instant Pot.
Episode 112: Does Your Kid Have An X-Plan For Emergencies?
April 14, 2017
This week we talk about a genius plan for giving your kids an “out” when they’re in a bad situation: an “X-Plan.” This is a way for your kids to get themselves out of bad situations without losing face with their friends. Talk about this with your entire family, even put it into a contract if that’s how your family operates. Do it today.
Episode 111: Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use An iPad
April 6, 2017
What do tech inventors and CEOs and other Silicon Valley types know that the rest of us don’t? (Or just don’t seem to care about?) Why do so many people who work in tech put strict limits on how their kids use tech? We talk about habits, willpower, and the dangers of frictionless tech.
Episode 110: Randi Zuckerberg’s Mission for Girls & Tech
March 30, 2017
Randi Zuckerberg has an impressive resume: Harvard graduate. Director of Market Development at Facebook. TV commentator. Radio host. Broadway actress. Author of Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives. Author of two great children’s books, Dot and Missy President. Editor in Chief of the Dot Complicated website. Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media. Broadway and television producer, including the Sprout Network show based on her book, Dot. She’s also a mom to two young sons, who think she’s a rock star thanks, in part, to her TV connections!
We were thrilled to welcome her to the podcast to talk about women in tech, girls and STEM, and why parents should distinguish between “screen time” and “tech time.” We had a lot of fun talking with Randi, and really appreciate her non-fear-based approach to kids and technology.
Episode 109: So, Like, Do Your Kids, Like, Talk Like This?
March 23, 2017
Audrey Mann Cronin is on a mission to stop the epidemic of filler words such as “like” and “so” that our kids sprinkle throughout their speech (and, well, some of us adults do it too). Audrey has created an app called LikeSo, which is a personal speech coaching app that uses speech recognition technology to help you get ready for speeches, interviews, auditions, even dates! We’re talking with Audrey today about what prompted her to develop this app, how to use it, and what’s in the app’s future. Plus our Bytes of the week!
Episode 108: When Working From Home Goes Terribly Wrong
March 16, 2017
Working from home has lots of hazards. The fridge is too close, there are too many distractions, and naps are very tempting. But a professor giving a Skype interview on the BBC had the absolute best work-from-home fail (win?) when his children and then his wife busted in on him in the most hilarious fashion. We talk about the video, the controversy over many people assuming that the wife was the nanny, our own work-from-home stories, and more.