Butler County Times Gazette
  • Family Time: Simple tips to keep busy families organized

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    These days parents are expected to be everywhere at once. If you’re a parent, you know how stressful it can be to try and make the soccer game, the dance recital, prepare dinner for your family and work an eight-hour day. Just keeping track of your family’s schedules feels like another full-time job.
    With this in mind, digital lifestyle expert Jennifer Jolly offers her tips on how you can use technology to do it all - remember your obligations, keep your appointments in order and continue being the superparent you’re expected to be - easier than ever before.
    * Help important things stick around. Everyone has had that morning when they are running around trying to find that one important item that has somehow disappeared. Technology like the StickR TrackR easily attaches to glasses, keys, smartphones, purses, backpacks and anything else you may need. The StickR then pairs with an app on your computer or mobile device. With a tap of your finger, you can make the lost item ring and then find it in just a few seconds.It’s like clutter control for your brain.
    * Stay organized on the go. You’re always writing reminders on notes, so get them organized on your smartphone. Whether you’re at work, at home or on the go, you’ll have access to your notes across all of your devices.
    * Get your apps in line. With all the new smart home connected-everything’s these days, chances are they’re controlled by different apps. Find an app that will unify your connected devices so they can be more easily controlled and configured to simultaneously perform automated actions.
    * Wear the sticker. If you have a busy child at home, consider wearable stickers for things like homework folders or backpacks, common things that even the most conscientious of kids sometimes misplace. Your child may not always remember the item in question, but a wearable sticker will jog their memory.
    Today’s busy lifestyle can make it very difficult to keep things organized. If you’re a person who is sometimes forgetful or you have a person in your family who is, the right tech and gadgets can help you stay on track.
    - Brandpoint
    Family Movie Night
    “The Other Woman”
    Rated: PG-13
    Length: 109 minutes
    Synopsis: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the guy.
    Violence/scary rating: 3
    Sexual-content rating: 4
    Profanity rating: 3
    Drugs/alcohol rating: 3
    Family Time rating: 3.5. Not a family-friendly film (as if the plot didn’t tip you off).
    Page 2 of 2 - (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
    Book Report
    “Flora and the Flamingo,” by Molly Idle
    Ages: 4-6
    Pages: 44
    Synopsis: In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more! - Chronicle Books
    Did You Know
    According to a report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, primary care doctors should take a more active role in children’s dental care and even prescribe fluoride supplements if the water supply doesn’t have enough.
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