New App ReplyASAP (Invented by a Dad!) Locks Kids' Phones Until They Message Their Parents Back

U.K. dad Nick Herbert says his invention ReplyASAP "was born out of personal frustrations with current messaging apps" when communicating with his son Ben When a U.K.-based dad was frustrated over not getting texts back from his son, he took matters into his own hands — by tapping into some seriously intuitive tech. Nick Herbert, the mastermind behind the ReplyASAP , shared his story on the app’s website, revealing that it was “born out of personal frustrations with current messaging apps” after he bought his son Ben a smartphone. “However, what I thought was a solution turned into a different problem,” Herbert wrote. “Because the phone was ‘smart,’ he could play games and watch videos on it

Meanies Vs. Bullies: A Warrior's Guide

Bullying is at the forefront of constant news stories today. We have become a culture of whistleblowers who proudly tout ourselves, along with the school system, as zero tolerance. And yet bullying continues to happen every day. We hear about it from you and your kiddos all the time. But when we look deeper into each of these situations a trend starts to become apparent. The term bullying is being used to liberally. Every little mean thing that happens in today’s school system has become bullying. But this watering down of bullying is not in fact addressing the underlying problem. So what is bullying truly? Well it definitely is not meanness. And this is an important distinction. Because we

9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

At a Glance Martial arts are self-defense practices, like Muay Thai and Kickboxing. They focus on individual progress and can be a good alternative to team sports. Martial arts aren’t a “treatment” for learning and attention issues, but they can help with self-esteem, coordination and executive functioning. Exercise is great for every kid. But children with learning and attention issues can have a hard time finding a sport or physical activity that suits them. They may not have the social or physical skills to participate on a team. They may not have the coordination for activities like skating or ballet. They may find it too hard to follow rules, or they may be bullied or left out. Many fam

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