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Baby-Proofing Tips to Stop Ruining Your Tech

Being a dad can be a life changer in many different ways. And you learn a lot about yourself. And also how these tiny human minds work. You might find yourself wondering what on earth you are doing spending lots of money on new toys for the kids, when they find plenty of non-toy toys around the house that they find much more fascinating. If it blinks, beeps, has a bright screen, or is any way expensive, they will find it. And they will cause damage to it (because let’s not forget, they’re also interested in things that make a splash, so smartphone, meet the bath or the toilet bowl).

So if you’ve been scarred in the past from a non-toy toy situation, then here are some ways to help protect your gadgets and tech, going forward.

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Get Cases

When we’re teaching our children how to ride a bike or their scooter, we teach them to wear a helmet. So why don’t we equip our technology and gadgets with such a device? The good news is that it does exist, and you can protect your devices with such a thing. You can get cases that reduce the impact when dropped, cases that protect screens, and cases that are waterproof or shatterproof. So it is a no-brainer that you need one of these in your life. If you’re shopping around for device cases, then be sure to look out for the ones that state they have an Ingress Protection rating on them. According to www.dsmt.com, if the rating is over 67, then it means it is waterproof up to a meter deep, and can prevent dust from entering.

Check Reviews

When buying tech and gadgets in the home and you have little ones, then you need to know what you are letting yourself in for. Does it stand up to all that you need it to? Is it going to be able to cope with some dribble or spilt milk on the keyboard? Will it survive a gnawing during teething? So looking at a site like laptop.review could be helpful if you’re after a new bit of tech, especially a laptop, as you can check out how well they are rated for different things. Of course, keeping them at arm’s length from little ones is desirable, where possible!

Be Cable-Savvy

Picture the scene; a laptop charging quietly on top of a desk or table. Then your toddler walks up to it, and sees a cable that is totally in reach. They pull it, taking the laptop down with it. Not to mention loose charging cables left on the floor can be gnawed or chewed on if you are crawlers. So be savvy with how you store your cables. You could use storage clips to attach under your desk, as well as keeping cables in a drawer when they’re not being used for charging anything. It gives your gear a longer lease of life, and will reduce the temptation for little ones to cause damage, to the equipment or themselves.

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Blogs And Websites That Dads Should Have Bookmarked

Whether it is to cure boredom or to help you with one of the many troubles we all experience as parents, there is a website for everything nowadays. All you need to do is a quick search on the web and you can find anything your heart desires. With that being said, read on to discover some of the websites and blogs that all dads should have bookmarked on their computer or tablet.

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Blogs and websites for entertainment

So, let’s begin with the fun stuff. You need to save a few websites and blogs that will allow you to have a bit of fun when you do get some time to yourself, which probably isn’t very often! One place to start is with www.kongregate.com. This website is home to thousands of games, ranging from puzzle games and action games to sports and music games. There is something for all tastes! If you like to play poker or other table games, you should head to www.geekygambler.com. This site gives you access to all of the best bonus deals and offers for such websites, so you can get more for your money.

Blogs and websites for new dads

If you have recently become a father for the first time, you may feel like you need all of the help you can get. A good blog to follow is thedadventurer.com. Dave Hornby created this blog, and it highlights some parenting lessons he has learnt along the way, as well as highlights of being a new dad. The blog is written in a relatable, witty, and honest way, which is what makes it so appealing.

Blogs and websites for DIY dads

If you are a dad who likes to do his bit around the house, you will like the DIY Daddy blog that is run by Nigel Higgins. You can find the blog here: www.diydaddyblog.com. Nigel has more than 20 years of experience in DIY and decorating and, obviously, he is a father too. You will find a good range of advice on both subjects.

Blogs and websites for money management

If your child is heading off the college soon, money can be a real concern, amongst other things. There are a number of blogs and websites that can help you to plan for the upcoming years. A good example of this is www.moneycrashers.com, where you will find plenty of useful advice on all things money-related. Another website to take a look at is thecollegeinvestor.com, where you will find lots of information on paying for college.

So there you have it: some of the best blogs and websites that all dads should have bookmarked on their computer or tablet. These blogs and websites will provide you with everything you need as a father, be it a bit of advice or something to do while enjoying a rare bit of me time.

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Tips On Choosing Appropriate Video And Phone Games For Your Kids

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There is no denying that we live in a day and age whereby gaming has taken over. Most boys love nothing more than playing on their PlayStation when they get in from school, and girls are getting in on the action too, of course, especially thanks to the abundance of apps that are now available. Managing what your children can play is not easy, but here are some tips to help you choose appropriate video and phone games for your kids.

Play the game with your child – Of course, the easiest way to make sure a game is appropriate is to pay it with your child. This is the only way to get a full understanding regarding what the game is about. If you are unsure regarding any type of game, make sure you try it out with your kid first.

Check the rating – Most games today will come with a rating. This is especially the case for PlayStation and Xbox games, and mobile apps can also come with warnings. Make sure you check this rating out beforehand.

Read reviews – In addition to this, you should take the time to read reviews that have been left by other parents. Thanks to the Internet, we can research any type of product or service with speed and ease, and this is something you should certainly do when you are looking for a game for your child. If the game is inappropriate, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of comments that have been left by other parents warning you not to make the same mistake that they made.

Put a password on the app store - To make sure that children do not purchase games on your phone without permission, a password is a must.

Choose genres with care – If you do not have the time to play a game yourself, and your child has been requesting that they download a new app or game on the computer, the best thing to do is stick with a safe genre. For example, you could allow them to download bike games or cooking games. This will give you peace of mind that they have not chosen anything containing adult content.

Limit game time – Last but not least, no matter what game you choose in the end, it is important to limit game time. The last thing you want is for your child to develop a gaming addiction. A healthy balance is important.

So there you have it: some useful tips that should help you to choose video and mobile phone games that are suitable for your children. While there is no denying that this can be difficult, if you follow the advice that has been presented above, you should you have the perfect recipe for separating the good apps and games from the bad.

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Hours Of Fun! Smart Ways Dads Can Keep Themselves Entertained With A Phone

If you’re a dad, you probably know all too well that parenting can involve a lot of waiting around. Whether you’re ferrying the kids from one friend’s house to another or you’re waiting on them to finish after-school clubs or soccer practice, it pays to have a few fallback options to keep yourself entertained. Thanks to smartphones, you can now access all kinds of entertainment options at the touch of a button. If you often find yourself looking for ways to kill time, here are some of the best ways to take full advantage of your time off and your phone’s capabilities.

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Online gaming

You may not consider yourself a gamer, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t delve into the world of online gaming while you’ve got an hour to while away. There’s a vast array of online games available, and you can choose options and titles that appeal to your interests. You can see what all the fuss is about and discover the games your kids are raving about, or you can indulge a passion for sport, music, history or science fiction. Many games are free to play, you don’t have to have an account to join in, and you can pick up and drop games as you please. You can challenge other people, or you can find information about getting involved in live markets, for example, if you enjoy football or racing. Gaming is a fun, accessible, affordable way of filling your time, and it can also enable you to meet new people and gain a better understanding of what your children do in their spare time if they enjoy gaming at home.

Reading and researching

If you’ve got a phone and you’ve got Internet access, you can host a giant pool of informative, insightful resources. Whether you’re keen to keep abreast of current affairs or you’re researching for a new blog post, a journal or work-related tasks, your phone is a portal to all the information you could possibly need. You can access news sites, download apps for your favorite sites or newspapers for easy access and find academic sources. There is a huge amount of information available online, and not all of it is accurate, so bear this in mind when you’re trawling through search engine results. Stick to reputable, respected sites.

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Socializing

Has it been an age since you caught up with old school or college friends? Is a message to your sister or grandmother long overdue? If you’ve got a phone to hand, take advantage of the time you have and be social. Check out the latest news on social media, start a new group chat with your old classmates and get in touch with family members you haven’t seen in a while. It’s never been easier to stay connected. Social platforms, email and video calls enable you to contact others for free, no matter where you are in the world.

If you’re a dad who regularly finds themselves with half an hour to kill while you’re waiting for your children, your phone can keep you entertained in numerous ways. Indulge your interests, get up to speed with what’s going on in the world, play fun games and be sociable.

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