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Melissa is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Qustodio, a parental control software that helps parents monitor children's activities from connected devices. You can find her on the front lines of the uphill battle to successfully parent four kids in a high-tech world. Readers can contact Melissa @MelissaMaypole.

Entries by Melissa Maypole

These Grown-Ups Are Making a Living Playing With Toys Online, and Internet Kids Love It!

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 12:48 AM

My 6- and 8 year-old girls absolutely love to play with dolls. Most any dolls will work, but Barbies and Disney princess dolls are their favorites. They've always been creative in their play, but lately, I've noticed them role playing some interesting scenarios and incorporating other toys into their play....

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All the Parenting News You Missed Last Week (While You Were Busy Parenting!)

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Have you noticed that parenting blogs have pretty much taken over the Internet? There's so much great content out there for moms and dads looking for advice, inspiration, or even just a laugh. Parents are some of the busiest people on the planet, though, so it's virtually impossible to keep...

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Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Surely by now, you've heard of Minecraft. If not, Microsoft is about to make sure you do. By acquiring its parent company Mojang for a whopping $2.5 billion, the tech giant is about to make the once indie game, (which according to the developer became an "accidental" success) more mainstream....

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3 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Her Selfie

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:20 PM

OK, first off, let's bridge the learning gap here. Not to insult anyone's intelligence, but if you're like me, you're probably struggling to keep up with your teen's vocabulary, which is likely growing at an exponential rate and not exactly in a way that might help her ace...

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Are Screens Taking Over Your Family?

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:31 PM

My husband and I used to make fun of the couples in restaurants who stared longingly at their phones rather than each other. Over plates of over-priced food, they gazed at their screens while never once making eye contact. We vowed never to be that couple. Then, we each got...

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Is Your Smartphone Stealing Your Joy?

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:59 PM


Adapted from an article that first appeared on

Recently, I confessed that the Internet was the very air I breathe. I admitted that I found it refreshing for not only me, but my kids as well. If you...

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Confession: The Internet Is the Air I Breathe, and Honestly -- It's Refreshing

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 11:53 AM

One morning last week, I awoke to find that the Internet no longer existed -- at least not in my house. I didn't panic right away. This was not the first time I had been Wi-Fi-less. I grabbed my mug of coffee and let my husband do his magic. He...

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