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Digital Dads: Together Time App For iPhone

Playtime with your little dude is the best time.

No matter how much time you dudes are able to spend with the little dudette, it’s never enough to have all the fun you want to show her.

Oddly enough, though, there are some dads who get stage fright when it’s time to play. They’ll sit down, face the little dude and then go completely blank, with absolutely no idea whatsoever to do.

Which explains the continuing popularity of television as a babysitter.

Fortunately for those sorts of dudes, the folks at 7Potato have put together a little iPhone app to help you over the rough spots.

This is from their release.

Parents everywhere have superpowers! Unfortunately this power is often dormant because most parents don’t even know they have it. No, it’s not flying or shooting spider webs from wrists, but it does involve spiders of another sort: “Itsy Bitsy Spiders.” As handy as flying and web spinning would be for wrangling little ones, parental superpowers are far better and have a greater impact on the world.

 The Power of Play

The superpower that all parents have is play; it is something that we all share, but like Peter Pan, parents often forget how to play. If only there were an app for that. Well, now there is: Together Time with Song and Rhyme is a new app that helps parents bond with their preschoolers through fun, tickles, songs, and rhymes that support early childhood development.

 “Together Time makes parents more FUN for kids,” said Laura James, the app’s creator and founder of 7Potato.com. “Childhood is a once-upon-a-time opportunity, it only lasts a few short years. It’s easy for parents to spend too many of those years focused on trying to getting kids to behave in our adult world, when we could be using our superpower to make us child-like again.”

Parents are better served when they practice living in their children’s world and play.

“It’s more of a Jane Goodall approach,” James said, “where you observe and behave like the little creatures, to try and understand kids and their world, instead of trying to make the little creatures fit into your world.” 

Unfortunately, I can’t give you dudes a first-hand report on just how good this app really is, but it’s got 4.5 stars over at the iOS App Store. Just giving it the eyeball test, it sure looks darn good.

It’s only $4.99 at the App Store, which, in my mind, is low enough that you can take a flyer on the thing and see if it’s what you’re looking to find.

According to the release they sent, this sort of creative play can short-circuit bad behavior before it even begins. In looking over their strategy, I’ve got to say that a lot of the stuff they’re recommending is stuff that I used for my little dudes. Well, for the last little dude, mostly because it took until then to work out something that worked better than me gritting my teeth and hoping both of us would live through it.

Does your child refuse to get in the car? Start singing “Windshield Wiper” before you even get out the door. This helps set expectations for where you are going, rather than the seat they have to be strapped into, while giving your child a sense of fun.

 I’ve been talking a lot about jobs here lately. About a dad’s job. About a parent’s job. That sort of thing. One job I have yet to mention is the little dude’s job. And yeah, they do have one.

Their job is play. Playing with objects and people from the world around them will help acclimate them to their new surroundings and teach them how things work, what helps them and what hurts them.

“It supports their ongoing development physically, cognitively, and emotionally. One of the best parts of having kids is that it gives you an excuse to relive childhood. It goes by fast so have fun, play often and connect! If fun is the focus, learning will be the outcome, every time.”

Makes sense to me. If any of you dudes do download this app, please let me know how it works. I’d like to see if it is as good as it looks.

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The Itsy-Bitsy Spider

by Richard

Well-known face: I am a comic-book geek. Slightly less-well-known fact: the Spider-Man you might have known and — perhaps — loved is dead.

Sort of.

Here’s the deal. Marvel Comics, which publishes Spider-Man and a host of other comic-booky characters (not Batman or Superman or Green Lantern, though), has a couple of different imprints. Their main publishing line is anchored by Spider-Man, who is the heroic alter ego of Peter Parker. That’s the dude you’ve seen in the various cartoons and movies throughout the year.

Marvel also publishes a line of comics called (with absolutely no hubris or self-congratulations at all) Ultimate Comics. Basically, that’s their regular comic characters, but off into a corner where the creators can do things they couldn’t do in the mainstream versions. One of the things they did recently was to kill off Peter Parker.

On it’s own, that’s pretty heady stuff. Because this time, unlike with the death of Superman a decade or so back, they really mean it. Peter Parker is dead. Spider-Man, though, will live on. And that’s what’s causing the problem.

You might have noticed people in actual media, mostly right-wing hate fests, have been making something of this because the new Spider-Man is a half-black, half-latino young dude named Miles Morales. Yeah, Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics universe is no longer a white dude.

And people, mostly (it should be noted) white people, are freaking the heck out.

Which is, to me, absolutely astonishing. Not to mention appalling. People are getting all upset because Spider-Man is going from being a white dude that can crawl on walls to a half-black, half-latino (blatino?) kid who can crawl on walls. I just don’t get the furor.

As long as they can tell good stories with Miles Morales, what’s the anger about? Now, I might be reaching here a little bit, but I think I might be smelling the subtle sent of racism here. There are actual people who (without even laughing at the absurdity of the statement) are complaining about this because they think there are too many minorities in, not only society, but in our comic books.

This is just absolutely nuts.

I, personally, am really looking forward to seeing what Miles Morales will do as Spider-Man. The only thing I know about the young dude is that he is different than Peter Parker, that he has had different life experiences than the Peter Parker who was created in 1962. The thing is, the world was different in 1962. We, as society, are different than we were 50 years ago. Isn’t it about time that our fictional characters started reflecting that? And telling us good stories in a way that they couldn’t be used when they were all part of the dominant culture of the country?

Well, yeah. And, seriously, I think the only people really upset about all this are old dudes who don’t understand one thing: Spider-Man, be he Peter Parker or Miles Morales, is a hero and that’s all that matters to the young readers who are going to be discovering the new dude in a couple of months.

These guys, though. . . They get it.


I just wish more people got it the way they do.

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