Useful Tips


The Blue Whale Challenge

What is The Blue Whale Challenge? “The Blue Whale Challenge” also known as “The Blue Whale Game” is a dangerous social media trend that encourages vulnerable young people to commit suicide. The game which is said to have originated in Russia over a year ago, requires players to complete daily tasks which escalate in intensity  Continue Reading »

Five Best Ways to Reduce Your Children’s Online Time

Written by Olivia Jones  The beauty of our kids growing up in the digital era lies in the amount of available information that simplifies and allows learning through many sources, and turns it into a fun, independent activity. Kids enjoy their freedom to explore a whole universe at their fingertips, shared in a visually appealing  Continue Reading »

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. — Why Parents and Kids Need to Reclaim the Art of Conversation

Cell phones have given us the ability to be “connected” at all times. In the middle of a party, around the dinner table, and even on the playground, we pull out our smartphones to find information, see what our friends are doing, and feel more linked with the world. But according to Sherry Turkle, a professor at M.I.T.  Continue Reading »

MamaBear’s Most Popular Posts in 2015

As digital and social media use continued to rise in 2015, MamaBear was there to explain new trends and problems to parents throughout the year. As we enter another year and look forward to even more changes to come, take a minute to recap the most important issues and posts from the MamaBear blog in  Continue Reading »

Table Talk Topic: Expressing Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time that reminds us to express our gratitude and be more thankful, but throughout the year parents have an opportunity to bring that type of gratitude to the dinner table. We don’t need to ask “What are you thankful for today?” in order to prompt conversations about gratitude with our families. There  Continue Reading »

How to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween With Kids of All Ages

From costume advice to trick-and-treating rules, use these tips to make sure you have a fun and safe Halloween with your kids of all ages. Tips for Kids Ages 0-5 Even small children and toddlers can be a part of Halloween festivities with the right planning. Costumes Make sure store-bought costumes have no choking hazards  Continue Reading »

Parents Are Oversharing on Social Media and It May Be Impacting Their Kids

Parents spend a lot of time worrying about their children oversharing on social media. But for many parents, oversharing wasn’t something they were thinking about when they were posting baby pictures, videos of toddlers, and funny stories about their child’s embarrassing “firsts.” When it comes to social media, are parents as guilty as their teenagers  Continue Reading »

How to Use Technology to Keep Your Sanity on a Travel Team Trip

Balancing Safety & Independence: 3 Classic Summer Sports Travel Scenarios This is a collaborative article written by TeamSnap and MamaBear All-star games and travel team trips define summer for so many of our kids. Families load up the SUVs, fill the car full of snacks and hit the road to stay in hotels with teammates  Continue Reading »

Explaining the Consequences of Sexting to Your Kids

Many parents would probably say they don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to their teen and sexting, the exchange of sexually explicit messages and photos via SMS, or texting. But most of those parents would be wrong. According to a report by Drexel University, more than 50% of surveyed students said that  Continue Reading »

The Hurtful Side of Social Media: Horrific Threats Via Instagram for One Teen

The students of Lone Hill Middle School are having to face the cruel, unsettling and for most, unexpected side of social media. Their classmate, an unidentified girl, received startling and horrific death threats via Instagram. While police and school officials are doing everything possible to find the person behind these anonymous threats, parents are left  Continue Reading »


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