We’ve got a Nintendo Switch and we’re darn well going to tell you ALL about it!
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We’ve bought an electric car! Let us tell you all about our thought process and our analysis of the ultra-low emissions car market today. Here’s the apps we talk about in the show:

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PlugShare
ChargeCar
Nissan Connect
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Today we natter about a grab bag of topics including bedtime routine, email for kids, turning off the internet, Lego Boost and Kuri. We even answer a year old audio comment! So relevant and topical as always..
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This week we talk mostly about pen and paper RPGs and the fun we’ve been having playing Pathfinder – a D&D relation. We also talk about a fantastic podcast called The Glass Cannon Podcast which has taught us a huge amount about role playing and the rules of Pathfinder. And then finally we respond to a listener comment talking about how kids can be allowed to message each other using phones and tablets using an unexpectedly classic app! Check the 30 minute mark if you want to skip past all the Pathfinder nerdery.
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Today we talk about a hunt we’ve been on for a little while to find messaging and social media apps for kids. We talk about what’s features those apps should have and why almost nothing fits the bill.
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Episode 70 – Remembering Grandma

by on January 20, 2017

Parental GeekeryToday we backfill some of the things that happened to us in the last year while we’ve not been recording, especially the loss of John’s mum, Joan and how that affected the family.
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Episode 69 (dude)

by on January 13, 2017

Parental GeekeryToday we’re back with a new setup and a new release process all designed to make recording and releasing shows as easy as possible. We witter about that for a couple of minutes, then we witter about Amazon Echo and how freaking awesome it’s been for our family.
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Parental GeekeryIt’s a very special episode of Parental Geekery this week, as we are recording on Leap Day. We don’t think we’ve ever done that before!

We open with a correction to what we said about Going Postal in the last episode – thanks to our listener Trudy for the information

We then read some listener feedback from Anna (with apologies for John’s attempts at an Australian accent) in response to the question we asked about when children start putting themselves to bed.

Ruth gets distracted by bemoaning the fact that at least one of the kids now considers herself too old for soft play, and then we return to the topic of kids putting themselves to bed with some more listener feedback, this time from Rob.

We discuss Catherine’s lack of interest in story books, and talks about how much she is enjoying the Quest Adventures books. We also cover what books a 5 year old boy enjoys as we talk about David’s favourite stories.

As an alternative to soft play Ruth has taken the children to a trampolining centre a few times, and talks about how they got on.

John’s had a weekend away in Masham, and tells his tale of two flat caps. We try to offer a ray of hope to parents of younger kids – it really does get better.

Ruth has started the Couch to 5K running programme

Hopping back to our Half Term activities, Ruth talks about visiting Trentham Monkey Forest with the kids before John gets distracted by the Baby Metal world tour.

We talk about how to save money on taking the family to the cinema by taking advantage of Kids club movies, and give our opinions of Hotel Transylvania 2.

Ruth’s written about the new wave of Skylanders figures that have just been released on her blog, and we talk about how much David still enjoys this game, with a certain amount of comparison to Lego Dimensions

John’s been playing XCom 2, and has written a few blog posts on his Daddy Coder blog – worth checking out if you’re interested in teaching kids Python.

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Episode 67 – Weighing Anchor

by on February 15, 2016

Parental GeekeryWe open this week’s episode of Parental Geekery with shoutouts to a few listeners. Thanks to Trudy and Neil for sharing our show on Facebook and Anchor respectively. We talk a little about Anchor, a new audio app that makes it really easy to join in with conversations. John bemoans the fact that it’s only available on iOS, and we try really hard to stay off the “My OS is better than yours” subject!

Thanks to Rob for his feedback on Episode 64, and for pointing out that we’d said different things in earlier episodes. Not “obsessive” or “scary” at all… We also mention Dropbox discontinuing Mailbox, but can’t get upset about that because everyone’s using Google Inbox now anyway!

John talks about how much he wants the Amazon Echo (currently not available in the UK), and manages to refrain from saying “Alexa” for the whole discussion.

We have a quick update on Catherine’s gymnastics – Ruth is very proud that she’s been moved up to the next class, and might get to do another competition later this year.

We talk about our current bedtime routine for Catherine, and wonder when it is that kids start putting themselves to bed? Any listener feedback would be gratefully received.

We have an entirely innocent reason for buying bondage tape, and explain what’s going on.

Ruth’s introduced Catherine to the Harry Potter Trading Card Game, and we talk about how they’ve been getting on with that.

John’s been watching The Expanse, and we both enjoyed Going Postal on NowTV. Ruth’s an official NowTV blogger, and has an affiliate signup link over on her blog if you’re thinking of trying the service out.

John gives a quick update about his Flotilla – he took it to one of his Code Clubs this week, and talks about how the kids got on with it. He’s also decided his next project to do with them – a line-following robot. Which leads us into a quick discussion about John’s tea bell, and how its function has changed recently.

Finally John talks about his new chilli-growing kit, and what he plans to do with the chillis if they grow!

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PG_1400Welcome to this week’s episode of Parental Geekery, where John appears to be channelling Kermit the Frog.

Ruth recommends a new podcast she’s discovered, called Real Crime Profiles. Hosted by retired FBI behavioural analyst Jim Clemente, this podcast is a discussion of behavioural analysis techniques as applied to real crimes, and has started off tacking the Steven Avery cases as highlighted in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer”

John has taken delivery of his Flotilla set from pimoroni. This is a neat little set of components that can be easily connected together and programmed via a Raspberry Pi. We compare the set to our Little Bits set.

Apparently John’s blog posts are like buses. You wait for ages for one to come along, and then three come along all together. You can read John’s blogs about teaching kids to code over at Daddycoder.com

John talks about his first forays into teaching his Code Club kids Python, and explains the differences between that and Scratch.

Ruth and Catherine had a girlie night out together to see Annie at the theatre (you can read Ruth’s review on her blog). We talk a bit about the differences between the original stage play and the updated movie that was released last year.

Ruth’s bought herself a Fitbit, and talks about the differences between that and other fitness trackers she has tried – it’s all about the community. We also mention the Sleep Cycle app for sleep tracking, and warn of the dangers of putting your phone under your pillow.

Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day, and we recommend you check out the Safer Internet Centre and Internet Matters, which are great resources for keeping kids safe on the internet. We give an update on Catherine’s request from a few weeks ago to be able to leave comments on YouTube videos, we’ve had to make a bit of a change of policy here.

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