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 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.
Episode 107: How to Stop Nagging Your Teens & Tweens About Chores
March 9, 2017
This week we’re tackling an annoying problem: nagging your kids to do their chores. We’ve got personal stories about our own kids, and tips from a Washington Post article. We’re going to help you out with some strategies to make your own life easier without letting your kids off the hook. Plus our Bytes of the Week!
Episode 106: So How About Those Oscars?
March 3, 2017
Rebecca is off this week, so Andrea and Amy are joined by celebrity editor Abby West to talk about the Oscars: what went wrong, what went right, and are they still relevant? Amy’s kids watched until bedtime, even though they had barely seen any of the movies. But are most teens and tweens interested at all, or are the Oscars just not a thing for younger people?
Plus we get some info from Abby about a cause close to her heart, Be The Match. And in our Bytes of the Week, Andrea has a cautionary tale about buying Amazon Gift Cards.
Episode 105: Sleepover Strategies
February 16, 2017
Sleepovers are a serious girl thing. Whether it’s one friend or a party, sleepovers happen way more often with girls than boys. Why is that? Is it driven by parents not wanting that much boy energy in their house at one time, or is that just not a way that boys want to bond? And when you do have a bunch of kids sleeping over, what are the rules? Can the kids have cell phones? Do you clear the movie selections with the other parents? We dive into some sleepover party ideas and some things to avoid.
Episode 104: An Interview with Author Kimberly Seals Allers
February 9, 2017
Today we’re talking with author Kimberly Seals Allers about breastfeeding and the many outside forces that undermine it, such as free formula from hospitals. According to Author Kimberly Seals Allers, we need to demand better of the structures that are around us when it comes to breastfeeding. How do we do that, and what does it look like? We talk to her about her new book, The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding.
Episode 103: Kids in the Kitchen with Jennifer Perillo
February 2, 2017
Our friend Jennifer Perillo is a food blogger and cookbook author who has some great tips for getting kids interested in cooking! Her website, In Jennie’s Kitchen, is full of fantastic recipes, musical pairings, and personal stories that bring every aspect of cooking and food together through beautiful stories about her family. No matter how old your kids are, they can help prep and cook and really get invested in what goes on the table.