Out of the gate, I’d like to say that I like The Christmas Chronicles, not because it did anything in particular to advance one of my favorite causes, the life of St. Nicholas, but because it is a fun movie to watch with older kids (7+). Older kids due to some sad themes, like the death of a parent and single motherhood (soft spots for me), that must be discussed. Plus, watching fantastical Santa movies, if you’re a family that does such a thing, require alignment with the true St. Nick that many parents feel ill-equipped for. The fun of the movie comes from theRead More →

I’m hoping my “American Werewolf in London” reference was clear. Now, let’s talk about the Google app, YouTube Kids. This is an app that curates YouTube videos for children. My kids have been using the thing for probably a couple of years now and my wife and I monitor their viewing like a hawk. We’re not over their shoulders, but their activities are tracked via Disney’s Circle device and regular daddy surprise inspections. During a short drive home, I let the girls play on their devices. Once home, we entered the domicile and as my eldest took off her shoes, I glanced at her screen.Read More →