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Aug 18 2014

Mom Invents App to Make Teen Call Her Back

By at 1:53 pm


It’s the oldest trick in the book. Teenagers see “Mom” appear on the caller ID and they forward the call to voicemail–with the cellphone that Mom paid for! Well, one fed-up New York mama came up with a pretty sweet solution.

When her son refused to return her calls, Sharon Standifird worked with developers to create an app called “Ignore No More” that shuts down a kid’s phone unless he calls mom back and gets a password.

If you’re already worrying about how you’ll ever stay two steps ahead of your kids’ social media and Skype usage when they hit their teens, then this app is a godsend. “Ignore No More” is available for $1.99 on Google Play and is coming to iPhones soon. Read the rest of this entry →

May 28 2014

My Daughter’s Name is Creeping Up the Popularity List–and I Don’t Like It

By at 11:42 am


Oy vey! Charlotte just inched up another spot on the list of most popular baby names.

When we were thinking up names for our unborn child, we set on Charlotte, if it was a girl, about half way through the second trimester. My bubbie’s name was Cynthia, and we wanted to honor her memory with a “C”or “S” name. When we vetted the name to my parents over dinner one evening, months before my due date, my dad said he knew my Bubbie would have liked the name Charlotte, which sealed the deal.

Of course we had spent ample time reading through name books and looking online. Pre-smart phone, I wish I’d had an app for that (like the new Kveller Jewish Baby Names app!). I had always thought if I had a daughter I would like to name her Zaina (also after my Bubbie, whose Yiddish nickname was Shanie). I also liked Sima and Samara, but Charlotte had a nice ring to it, classy and timeless. And it was ranked as #46 most popular girl’s name according to the US Census Records in 2011. Now it’s #11. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 3 2013

A New Free Rosh Hashanah App from G-dcast

By at 2:59 pm

wake up world phoneLooking for one more way to get your kids involved and excited about Rosh Hashanah? Our friends at G-dcast just released a new, free app that features an interactive story all about Rosh Hashanah.

The coolest part?  Children and parents will delight in actually blowing into their devices to sound the shofar and bring the story to life in colorful animations created by best-selling illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith with narration by Randi Zuckerberg (yes, as in Mark’s sister).wake up world rosh hashanah app g-dcast

The very coolest part? It’s free!

To download the iOS app from iTunes, click HERE

To download the Android app from Google Play, click HERE

To learn more, visit

Jan 22 2013

Free Stuff Alert: Gus on the Go Hebrew App

By at 3:04 pm

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Working on raising brilliant bilingual kids? Luckily, the power to learn new languages these days is right at your fingertips. Gus on the Go is a language learning app for kids that features a cute little owl and a whole lot of fun adventures and games.

Gus on the Go features a special Hebrew edition that introduces basic Hebrew nouns to young children through fun pictures, interactive games, and audio from native Hebrew speakers. Gus on the Go: Hebrew is currently available for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, and we’ve got five free promo codes to give away to five lucky readers. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 19 2012

Free Stuff Alert: AlephBet Hebrew App Giveaway

By at 9:33 am

aleph bet appRemember all those times we’ve talked about how great it is to raise bilingual children but how actually teaching them another language is, well, kind of hard? Well, we’re happy to report that if you’ve been wanting to teach your young ones some Hebrew basics, there’s an app for that.

The AlephBet App provides young children and their parents the ability to learn the Aleph Bet in an interactive and engaging way. Designed for young children, The AlephBet App is the first app to be recommended by the Jewish Montessori Society and offers parents and kids the opportunity for on demand learning. Featuring nearly 50 custom hand drawn illustrations, and the original song “Rakevet Alef Bet” by Dafna, The AlephBet App offers a sensory rich multimedia experience guaranteed to tempt even the most reluctant readers.

The app usually goes for $1.99 in the Apple Store, but for today only, it will be completely FREE for Kveller readers.

To get the app for your iPhone, click here. And to get it for your iPad, click here.

It’s as simple as that! Remember, this offer is valid for TODAY ONLY (Dec. 19, 2012). For more information, visit the AlephBet website here. Happy learning!


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