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 130: Talking Puberty for Girls and Boys
September 7, 2017
Talking to kids about their bodies can be difficult, but The Care and Keeping of You series of books have been invaluable in giving girls the info they need about puberty, as well as acting as a conversation starter for parents who don’t quite know how to begin. But what about talking to boys in puberty? Rebecca and Amy had the privilege of talking to Dr. Cara Natterson, author of The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls about her new book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. Listen in as they discuss the difficulties and similarities in writing body books for the different genders, how these books have helped dads and grandparents, and tips for how to talk to your kids about their bodies. Plus Bytes of the Week!
Episode 125: The Tech Your School Actually Needs
July 27, 2017
Rebecca sits down with Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft, to talk about innovations in tech that can help in classrooms. This is the stuff your school actually needs, not a closet full of iPads that don’t get used!
Episode 123: Travel Tech
July 13, 2017
Planning a trip can be a daunting task. Finding the best prices without giving up convenience, planning what to do and where to go, and handling things when something goes wrong can all be aided by tech. We’ve got some great gadgets to bring with you, websites and apps to help you plan, and even a website that will file a claim for you if your flight doesn’t go as planned.
Episode 122: How to Host a Fabulous Party or Summer BBG, with Amy Shey Jacobs
June 30, 2017
We’re thrilled to be joined by event planner extraordinaire Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events, a premier event planning company in New York City. Amy sits down with us and lays out the nuts and bolts of where to start planning, how to make a party special and personal, and which pitfalls to avoid. She even gives us some great product recommendations! Plus our Bytes of the Week.
Episode 121: Teens and Facebook – Secret Really Isn’t Secret
June 16, 2017
Harvard has rescinded its acceptances for a small group of students who participated in a secret Facebook group full of racist, sexist, homophobic, and downright disgusting memes. Parents everywhere sent the news articles to their teens as a warning, but will kids listen? We dive into an article in the New York Times that explores the secret Facebook lives of teens.
Episode 120: Father’s Day Gifts for Gamer Dads
June 8, 2017
Andrea and Amy are talking with journalist–and work-from-home dad–Chris Morris about gifts, game systems, and the perfect Father’s Day. Plus some other gifts that dads (and our co-host Amy, apparently) will love!
Episode 119: Great Books for Your Teens and Tweens
June 1, 2017
Rebecca and Amy were so excited to talk once again with Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media, who always has such great book recommendations for teens. If you need books for your kids to read over summer, this is the episode for you!
Episode 118: Why Are Clothes for Tween Girls So Trashy?
May 25, 2017
Rebecca and Andrea are talking today with Kelly Wallace from CNN about the problem of girls’ clothing: why is it so small and tight? Mainstream brands often produce clothing for girls that don’t even comply with school dress codes, so where can parents of tween girls buy clothes online? They’ve got some answers for clothing that is appropriate without going too far in the other direction.
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.