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Gone are the days of latchkey kids and limited supervision; now most parents keep their kiddos on a tighter watch. Drone parenting is pushing aside the popular helicopter parenting, thanks to new technologies, says parenting expert Stacy Debroff. Drone parenting allows you to still keep close tabs on youngsters but out of sight and ready to strike at a moment’s notice.
It may have started with night vision baby monitoring, but a whole new host of gadgets to help you up your parenting debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show—all of which have accompanying smartphone apps:
Little ones age 2 years and older may not benefit from naps, say researchers. They reviewed studies related to napping in children age 5 and younger, looking at nighttime sleep patterns. Children who napped during the day fell asleep later, had a poorer quality of sleep and got less sleep overall.
This doesn’t necessarily mean your kiddo has to give up a mid-day snooze session: “Parents shouldn’t impose a daily nap on preschoolers who don’t seem to need or benefit from it,” says Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.