Since we now live in a digital age, long gone are the days when parents thumb through their own music collection to find the least-inappropriate music to share with their babies, toddlers and children. No more plopping a kid down on his play mat and tossing a James Taylor or Hall & Oates cassette into the boombox for playtime. Now that we’re plugged into the matrix, we’ve got tons of sources for music these days – and those options also filter down to our young ones (for better or worse).
Today, I’ll take a look at three popular online music streaming services – Pandora Radio, Slacker Radio, and Radiotime.com – and the options that they offer you in the Children’s Music genre.
See how they stacked up after the break.
Chris Illuminati recently posted a great article over at Asylum about Postpartum Depression for men, and what it’s recently meant for him. He’s a new father, and freelancing from home is giving him all of the signs of postpartum that we typically associate with women. It was “the crazy thoughts doing laps around my head at 4 a.m. that troubled me the most,” Chris says. “What if I just left him and went to bed? Threw my hands up, packed a bag, checked into a hotel and came back for his second birthday when most of the hard stuff was over?”
Well, Chris. I’ve got to tell you – it’s not just for stay-at-home dads. I’m a working father, and I also had a version of postpartum. Read on for another perspective.
If you’re still totally psyched for those hoverboards and Max Headroom-inspired fully-automated diners that you saw in Back to the Future II, then get ready, because 2015 might be coming sooner than we thought. That is to say, sooner than a mere 4.75 earth years from now.
Jeong Haedong and Bae Junseong designed something whose concept I hope catches on – a stroller than converts into a child’s bicycle and a shopping cart. Even if the design of this particular “Babyoom” is a little too futuristic, I think this is a great concept, and I’d love to see some of the current stroller brands catch on. Because as every father knows, the stroller conversation goes a little something like this –
Husband: I guess [INSERT CHILD NAME HERE] is too big for the stroller now. We spent all this money on the perfect stroller just to use it for less than a year?
Wife: I know how we can get our money’s worth – let’s have another baby.
(queue that tuba thing they play on Price Is Right when someone loses a game)
I’ll start this off by saying that What They Play‘s Nicholaus S. Noles is not a bad writer. He’s done some good articles for WTP that are really informative for parents that might not necessarily be in-the-know about the gaming world. Plus, he’s looking out for parents and kids, and, if you don’t mind me going soft for a second, is important.
With that disclaimer, I’d like to say that his “Mafia II: 6 Things Parents Should Know” is not actually helpful in deterring parents from buying Mafia II, and in fact, might have just sold me on the game. His 6 things after the jump.
German designers Jäll & Tofta remind us that not only are mustaches amazing, but they are sometimes also a waste of money. Okay, I admit it, getting a Stachemobile for your …
You may think that you’re the world’s coolest dad because you let your son stay up late to watch Die Hard last Christmas. You might think you’re the world’s coolest dad because you stepped it up and got a pedicure with your daughter when her mom couldn’t. You might be a little cool – but you’re not a dad known for creating cool.
Arizonian father, Kurt Struve, is now known as the guy that created cool. He’s an artist with a background in architecture, and oh, in his spare time, he rigs up his kid’s car seat so that it’s WATER-COOLED.