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Exploring Screen Time with Ms. Rachel Songs for Littles on YouTube

Exploring Screen Time with Ms. Rachel Songs for Littles on YouTube

Hello, fellow dads and parents! Today, I want to introduce you to a creator who has become a staple in my household. We all strive to find engaging and educational content for our kids, especially when it comes to screen time. In this blog post, let’s take a look at YouTube and the prominent creator Ms. Rachel.

Our children are growing up with technology at their fingertips. As parents, we must strike a balance, allowing them to benefit from technology while ensuring they engage with content that nurtures their development. And that’s where Ms. Rachel Songs for Littles comes in.

Ms. Rachel, a passionate educator and talented musician, has created a treasure trove of educational videos on her YouTube channel. Designed for children aged 3 and under, her channel offers a wealth of engaging content that entertains and teaches babies valuable skills. She works hard to bring kids catchy songs and interactive activities; Ms. Rachel’s videos draw toddlers like moths to a flame and always work to promote early learning in fun and accessible ways.

One of the reasons why Ms. Rachel Songs for Littles stands out is the exceptional quality of her content. Each video is thoughtfully crafted to align with the developmental needs of toddlers and preschoolers. Through her songs, children can learn about numbers, colors, shapes, animals, language, grammar, and more. Rachel and her Husband Aron both pull from professional experience in entertainment, they’re musically inclined! Rachel is an award-winning songwriter with a music education background and Aron is a musical director whose worked on Broadway and other productions. Rachel’s YouTube videos themselves seem pretty low budget, sometimes it’s literally just Rachel herself against a green screen, but the result is somehow irresistible to babies and toddlers.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

As parents, we naturally have concerns about the educational value of the content our children consume. Ms. Rachel Songs for Littles addresses these concerns by seamlessly incorporating educational concepts into her videos. Counting becomes less of a chore when you add the catchy tunes, and learning about animals turns into an exciting adventure through lively animations. She’s also committed to creating a safe and age-appropriate environment for young viewers. She ensures that her videos are free from any inappropriate content or advertisements that could distract from the educational experience.

One of the goofiest of her songs/animations is the Elephant song, which puts her husband Aron in the spotlight singing with what I’d describe as a crudely animated elephant. The song and dance along with Aron’s ridiculous antics on screen always get a giggle out of our son, I can’t help but laugh at the whole thing myself. It’s unbelievable such material can accrue millions of views across the web, but here we are. This kind of work has led to massive success for Ms. Rachel and her Husband, they’ve been able to re-invest in the business, improving production quality, animation, audio, and they’ve even hired on new professional performers.

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Ms. Rachel has Heart

Ms. Rachel encourages parent-child interaction through her videos. She prompts parents to participate with dances and movements during songs and activities, so learning is a shared experience. This is really what makes her channel fun for everybody, doing that goofy dance when the elephant song comes on really gets our son fired up and Ms. Rachel pulls out regular toys all the time (her props) that are exactly the same as the ones we have at the house, stuff you can find at Walmart, so we really do follow along step-by-step with the videos. What really makes her content so appealing is how un-polished it is, it feels real and gives you that real small town teacher vibe – it has heart!

I have mostly good things to say about Ms. Rachel and the Songs for Littles crew, I’m definitely not her audience but I acknowledge that they are great at what they do. Her channel is a phenom, we once turned her on at the Hamad International Airport on a trip we were taking – a baby from a completely different part of the world crawled across the room at the gate where we were sitting to get a peek at our phone screen.

Note: Doctors generally recommended to introduce screen time to children when they reach the age of two or older, while ensuring it is limited and accompanied by high-quality, educational content.

Posted by Alex Casey in Reviews, 0 comments
The 5 Best Father-Son Movies To Watch With Your Son

The 5 Best Father-Son Movies To Watch With Your Son

Movies have the power to bring people together, and when it comes to fathers and sons, there’s something special about watching films that explore the unique bond between them. These movies not only entertain but also provide opportunities for shared experiences and meaningful conversations. In this article, we’ve curated a list of the top 5 father-son movies that are perfect for watching with your son. Whether you’re looking for adventure, laughter, or heartfelt moments, these films have it all.

Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade (1989)

Starring: Harrison Ford and Sean Connery
Rating: PG-13

Join Indiana Jones on his thrilling quest for the Holy Grail in “The Last Crusade.” This action-packed adventure not only features incredible stunts and breathtaking locations but also explores the complicated relationship between Indiana Jones and his father, Henry Jones Sr. Played by the legendary Sean Connery. It’s a movie filled with thrilling escapades, witty banter, and emotional revelations that showcase the importance of trust, loyalty, and familial bonds.

Fun fact: Sean Connery, who played Indiana’s father, is only twelve years older than Harrison Ford, who played Indiana Jones himself.

Liar Liar (1997)

Starring: Jim Carrey and Justin Cooper
Rating: PG-13

Prepare for non-stop laughter as Jim Carrey brings his comedic brilliance to the role of Fletcher Reede, a lawyer who suddenly can’t lie for an entire day due to his son’s birthday wish. “Liar Liar” is a hilarious comedy that highlights the importance of honesty and connection between fathers and sons. Carrey’s over-the-top performance combined with heartwarming moments makes this film an absolute joy to watch.

Fun fact: During the courtroom scene, where Carrey’s character is unable to lie, much of Carrey’s dialogue was improvised, showcasing his comedic talent.

Hook (1991)

Starring: Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman
Rating: PG

In “Hook,” journey to Neverland with a grown-up Peter Pan, played by the late Robin Williams, as he rediscovers his inner child to save his children from the clutches of Captain Hook, portrayed brilliantly by Dustin Hoffman. This magical adventure explores themes of fatherhood, responsibility, and the power of imagination. With its imaginative storytelling and emotional depth, “Hook” reminds fathers to embrace their playful side and cherish the time spent with their children.

Fun fact: The food fight scene in the Lost Boys’ hideout used real food, including whipped cream, pudding, and spaghetti, resulting in genuine reactions of surprise and delight from the young actors.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks
Rating: PG-13

Based on a true story, “Catch Me If You Can” follows the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., a young con artist pursued by FBI agent Carl Hanratty. While the film primarily focuses on Abagnale’s extraordinary life of deception, it also highlights his complex relationship with his father. This gripping drama explores the desire for parental approval and the importance of honesty and forgiveness in father-son relationships. With outstanding performances by DiCaprio and Hanks, “Catch Me If You Can” is a captivating film that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Fun fact: The real Frank Abagnale Jr. appears in a cameo role in the film as a French police officer.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Starring: Mark Hamill and James Earl Jones (voice)
Rating: PG

As the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy, “Return of the Jedi” showcases the iconic father-son relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. With epic battles, emotional confrontations, and a galaxy-spanning story, this film delves into themes of redemption, sacrifice, and the power of familial love. It serves as a reminder that even in the face of darkness, there is always hope for reconciliation and understanding.

Fun fact: The character of Yoda, the wise Jedi Master, was brought to life using a combination of puppetry and the skills of legendary puppeteer Frank Oz.

Grab The Remote

While the films listed above are some of our personal favorites that are perfect for family viewing, it’s important to note that there are many other father-son relationship-focused movies out there. Some delve into more serious subject matter and cater to adult audiences. These movies, however, provide a blend of fun, light-heartedness, and meaningful messages, making them ideal choices for fathers and sons to enjoy together. So grab some popcorn, settle in, and let these movies create lasting memories and inspire conversations about the importance of the father-son bond.

Posted by Alex Casey in Fatherhood, 2 comments