Parents Should Cut Down On Their Own Screen Time

It’s common these days to tell parents they need to limit the amount of screen time that their kids get. And that is a smart thing to do. But parents also should take a hard look at how much time they spend on their own screens. It’s probably more time than you think. There’s been some controversy lately about a campaign to convince parents to put down their phones and tablets and spend more time interacting with their kids.

The campaign was started by a teacher who said that she sees a lot of developmental delays and other problems in children today that she attributes to parents who aren’t engaging enough with their children, especially when their children are small.

At first I was tempted to roll my eyes and dismiss this campaign as one more way that parents get blamed for everything. But then, just as an experiment, I started logging my own screen time. And I was shocked to see that the minutes spent checking my emails, chatting on Twitter, or surfing on Facebook added up quickly to a huge amount of time that was being spent on the screen and not on my kids. And I couldn’t really tell my kids to limit their screen time without limiting my own too. Especially because I am guilty of logging more screen time than they are.

After logging all of my screen time for a week and being surprised. I decided I needed to make some changes. Big ones. I didn’t want to be a bad example for my kids and I didn’t want to be that person who is on her phone at every meal and during every task. So I started to put my hone away during family meals and when I was driving the kids all over the place. I made a point of engaging more with my family. And this is what happened when I did that:

My Kids Turned Of Their Phones Too

Like most parents, I was constantly yelling at my kids. I kept telling them to put their phones down. But not putting my own down. And like most kids they almost ever listened. But once I started physically turning off my phone and putting it in another room during family meals or family team I noticed that my kids started to do the same thing. And I made sure that I always said yet when they asked if I wanted to play a game or watch a movie together as a family instead of all of us sitting around on our phones. And the more time I was off the phone the happier I was.

The Kids Got Over It

Sure, at first the kids told me that they wouldn’t respect their screen curfews. That I was the worst mom in the world. But I stood firm on my rules about limiting screen time. Then I limited my own screen time. The kids respected the boundary I had set, because I set it for myself too.

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Avengers Infinity War Review

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Movie Review

This summer, Avengers Infinity War became the fourth-most grossing movie of all time. It also became the top-grossing superhero movie of all time. It was an incredible feat by Marvel, which has also had hits like Black Panther. There are a lot of people wondering if the movie itself lived up to the hype. Here’s some funny Avengers memes to look at.  

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The Cast Of Avengers

By now many people have seen Avengers Infinity War, but if you haven’t, beware that there may be spoilers to follow. You may know the spoilers already if you have a cell phone spy app

3 Different Groups

The directors chose to go with a few different groups for the majority of the film. Thor meets up with The Guardians then goes off with Groot. Captain America is with Black Panther, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and Bucky. And Iron Man is with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange for the majority of the film. The last group eventually meets up with the Guardians of the Galaxy on Titan.

Missing: The Hulk

One of the biggest disappointments of the film was how scared The Hulk got after his initial fight with Thanos. Maybe he wasn’t used to being beaten up by someone. Whatever his reasons for not showing up in all the later fights, it was certainly a bummer to not see him fight his counterpart in The Black Order. 

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Avengers Action Figures

Thor’s New Axe

Thor’s new axe would have been one of the highlights if it had showed up a bit sooner. Instead, the viewers are left with a small moment of what is seemingly a victory, until the final event happened. With Thor’s axe in his chest, Thanos snapped his fingers with the infinity gauntlet on. This enabled him to accomplish his ultimate mission, wiping out half of all sentient life in the universe.

Ultimate Opinion

I don’t mean to sound like I didn’t enjoy the film, I definitely enjoyed Avengers Infinity War. It was one of my favorite Marvel movies so far. But because of the tension and the disappointments, especially the final one, it’s hard to watch. After seeing it twice in theaters, I probably won’t see it again until Avengers 4 comes out. if you enjoyed this, check out my Coach Carter movie review

Coach Carter Movie Review

Android spyware may not be the focus of Coach Carter, but it is still important to learn about.

Sports movies are some of the best movies out there. They start with something that people automatically have a reference point and a grid for: a sport they love. All they have to do is add a bit of drama, a love story, and a bit of social commentary, and they’re well on their way to having an Academy Award-winning sports film. Some of the best sports movies include Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, and Invictus. (Just as a side note, I heard of some cool software I wanted to share for you Android spyware lovers out there. I’ll share in a new post soon.)

Another great sports film is Coach Carter. It stars Samuel L. Jackson as the newly-hired head basketball coach at Richmond High in California. The high school is in an inner-city area where there are a lot more troubles facing the players than just the opposing teams they face on the court. Some of the players are facing particularly difficult situations, which makes the film dramatic and interesting.

The Trailer

My Movie Review

Samuel L. Jackson

One of the highlights of the film is getting to see Samuel L. Jackson is a role that’s unlike most of the ones that he has played. Jackson is known for being cast in rather extraordinary roles, where his giant personality can shine. He shines just as big in this film, which gives him space to be who he is in a more controlled environment than he had in films like Pulp Fiction. (Just as a side note: My Android was being buggy when I watched Pulp Fiction recently, I thought someone had installed Android spyware on my phone, but I learned it was detectable, so that couldn’t have been it.)

Channing Tatum

Another actor who was in this film was Channing Tatum. Coach Carter came out during the beginnings of Tatum’s career, which has taken off dramatically since then. Tatum didn’t play one of the best players, but his character had a certain flair and charm that helped bring the rest of them together.

Street Life and Basketball

One of the strengths of the film is the distinction it draws between the life the players are living on the streets and their basketball and academic lives. One of the players in particular, called Crew, is an interesting character who sells drugs for his cousin when he’s not at school. He’s also a skilled basketball player, and eventually, he finds a father figure in Coach Carter.

Carter’s Methods

What makes the film interesting are the coaching methods of Jackson’s character Coach Carter. He has his players sign a contract where they agree to have a certain GPA and to sit in the front row of their classes. It’s Carter’s contract that pushes the boys to succeed. He also teaches them to respect themselves and others, by having them refer to each other as “Sir,” and treat each other respectfully. I’m sure none of these kids would consider adding any Android spyware on anyone’s phone for fear of Carter’s wrath.

Carter’s Inspiration

Carter’s belief in his players is inspiring, and it’s probably what makes Coach Carter such a good film. The film isn’t perfect. There are times when it’s a bit corny, but overall it’s an inspiring film with a powerful social commentary. Those that are looking for a good sports or basketball movie will enjoy Coach Carter, especially if they’ve never seen it before. If you want a movie with baseball as the focus instead, check out what I said about those movies here.

The Two Best Baseball Movies

I think these are the two best baseball movies.

Baseball, America’s past time, is one of our nation’s most beloved sports. It has consistently brought people together, kept us on the edge of our seats, and brought us pure joy. Over the years, many movies have been made about this sport and the amazing men (and women) who play it. From the 1990’s to the past year of 2017, cinema has given us some absolutely amazing films about baseball. Here are two of the best baseball movies that have come out over the years.

Two Of The Best Baseball Movies

The Sandlot

The Sandlot is a family-friendly, fun-filled movie you can enjoy over and over again, and so will your kids. Based in the 1960’s, the story follows a group of neighborhood kids who play baseball on a regular basis in an old field they affectionately call, “The Sandlot.” When Scotty Smalls, a kid who can’t even throw a baseball, moves into the neighborhood, the leader of the gang takes him under his wing. He teaches the new kid about the game of baseball and ushers him into the best summer of his life. Or is it?

Conflict strikes when Scotty hits a baseball signed by Babe Ruth over the neighbor’s fence, which he can’t get back. He soon learns that the neighbor is rumored to be an angry old man who owns a monstrous dog that eats kids. Can this be true? Watch to find out!

This is a wonderful baseball film, with a toe-tapping soundtrack, that’s sure to become a family favorite.

Reignite your love for sports by watching the best baseball movies.
The best baseball movies will reignite your love for this amazing sport.

61*

61* is a film based on the true story of Roger Maris, who was the first to beat Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season, back in 1961. Made by HBO and directed by Billy Crystal, this movie showcases the heartfelt and overlooked story of Roger Maris.

He was a small town kid who made it big when he was recruited by baseball scouts to play triple A ball, and eventually found himself playing for the New York Yankees. Before he knew it, he was in a race with crowd favorite Mickey Mantle to see if either of them would beat Ruth’s home run record. With a quiet personality and honest attitude, he wasn’t exactly what the country wanted in a sports star. He ends up beating Mantle, as well as Ruth’s record, but a lot of Americans didn’t like it.

This movie paints a wonderful and raw picture of what Maris went through: the stress, endurance, sadness, and triumph. It is a classic that’s sure to bring a tear to your eye and remind you of why baseball is America’s favorite past time.

Best Dance Party Songs of 2017

Use social media monitoring tools can help you learn about new dance songs.

If you’re like me, you love a good dance party. And that means you’re always on the lookout for the next great dance song. Sure, there are new songs coming out every year, and it doesn’t take social media monitoring to see how popular they are. But the truth is, some of the best dance party songs came out a long, long time ago. If you’re wondering what songs you should play for your next dance party, I have what you’re looking for.

Don’t look at the Billboard Hot 100 Chart to see what the best dance songs are going to be. You might find one or two good ones, but the greatest dance songs are from the 80’s and 90’s.

Top Dance Songs of 2017

Any of these dance songs can liven up your party.
Bring life to your party with any of these dance songs.

Dance with Somebody

This hit by Whitney Houston is one of the catchiest dance party songs ever. Younger generations may not recognize it, but it doesn’t matter. “Dance with Somebody” was released in 1987 and was Houston’s biggest hit until she released “I Will Always Love You” 5 years later. It can be found on Spotify, iTunes, or even YouTube. Be sure to add this Whitney Houston hit to your next party playlist. This one is great for a wedding reception or for any occasion.

Anything Can Happen

This hit by Ellie Goulding was released in 2012, and has over 66 million views on YouTube! As you can tell from social media monitoring, it’s one of Goulding’s most popular songs. This one’s been a staple at the past few dance parties I’ve gone to. It’s light, upbeat, and the perfect song to help you find that special someone. It was released on her album Delirium, and can be found on all the major music streaming services.

Indian Summer

This song, by Jai Wolf, is much more unique than the other two. It has a beat that gives it a unique, cultural vibe that should inspire some unique dance moves out there on the dance floor.

Love on Top

This Beyonce hit from 2011 is another one of the best dance songs out there. For crowds who want songs that are a little more modern and popular for social media monitoring, go with this one. It’s upbeat and extremely catchy. I’m not even a Beyonce fan and I love this song!

 

These are just a few of the most popular dance songs in 2017, and any of them would be a fine addition to your playlist, whether you’re dancing at a wedding reception or in the comfort of your living room!

The Newest Season Of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The 99 uses a cell phone spy app to spy on Hawkins.

If you don’t watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you need to. It’s one of the best comedy shows on television right now. With a cast starring Andy Samburg (who is also a producer on the show), Terry Crews, and Andre Braugher, how can you go wrong? Because season 4 ended on a cliffhanger, I couldn’t wait for season 5’s premiere back in September. It’s already been a wild ride, with a cannibal cellmate, a marriage proposal, and a cell phone spy app used as a plot device. This show just gets better and better. Keep reading for my initial thoughts on season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Jake’s Release From Prison

The 99's plan to use a cell phone spy app ultimately failed.
The 99 kept an eye on Hawkins with a cell phone spy app.

At the end of season 4, Hawkins frames both Jake and Rosa in a bank robbery. They’re even found guilty when they go to trial and are both sent to jail. More than anything else, I wanted to see how Jake would find a way out. I also really enjoyed his interactions with his jailmate, who is a cannibal. While he works on an undercover mission for the jail warden, the rest of the 99 uses a cell phone spy app to look for evidence of Jake’s and Rosa’s innocence on Hawkins’ phone. Unfortunately, both plans fall through. I won’t spoil how they were freed, but it was a satisfying conclusion that will almost certainly show up again later on.

The Proposal

This part, however, I will spoil – it’s just too exciting to keep to myself. Since the show’s first episode, I thought Amy and Jake would be the perfect couple. They didn’t officially start dating until the start of season 3, but it was worth the wait. They’re always supportive and looking out for each other, even though they have such different personalities. In the newest episode, the annual Halloween, Jake finally popped the question. There was no cliffhanger here. Amy immediately said yes and the couple announced their engagement to the rest of the squad.

Overall, Brooklyn Nine-Nine combines hilarious comedy with interesting, fun plots and realistic character development. Season 5 definitely does not disappoint so far. If you haven’t already, you watch the entire series, along with the newest episodes, on Hulu.