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74. Dad Around Town: Eleven Tips for Kids on iPads

 I’m a big fan of Apple products.  My kids have been big iPad users for the past three years.  We’re always trying new apps designed for learning or for gaming and my profession has taught me a thing or two about how to manage my kids’ iPad time.

My fascination with Apple started back in the early 90’s when I was working for a major computer chain.  The store sold about 90% of IBM PC machines compared to their 10% of Macintosh machines.
As a salesman, I noticed that most of the other sales people avoided selling Macs because they didn’t understand them.  They would turn the sales over to the one Mac person and move on to the easier PC sales.
The average PC sale was around $1500 while the average Mac sale was around $2500.  So rather than chase the lower price sales with everyone else I decided to learn more about the Macs and make larger sales with virtually no competition.
The first Mac I had was the all in one model called the Classic.  It had the little 9” black and white screen but oddly enough I got more use out of that machine then any of the compatibles that I had.
The real selling point was that I was able to put the Mac in front of my wife and she worked it with no problems.  With the PC, I was constantly hit with questions on how to do something.  On the Mac, well, it just worked and made sense.
Now, zoom forward to today, and that story still stands true.  iPods, iPhones, iMacs and now iPads are all successful products because they simply work and are understandable.
When my daughter, Hannah, was three she started playing with my iPad and I was just amazed how well she understood it.
She was swiping, playing and reading anything she could get her hands on.  I gave her my first iPad and moved on to buy a 2nd generation iPad for myself.  Today, my fiancé, April and I both have newer model iPads, Hannah has a new iPad mini and Noah, who is now three years old, has my older 2nd generation iPad.
After three years of having iPads in the hands of my children I have learned a couple of things I would like to share with you.  Here are 11 tips (and warnings) about how best to connect your kids with iPads……

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Hi! 😁 Today's Word of the Day is 汉语 hàn yǔ -- literally "Han Language."

So, we're backtracking... or maybe just following the path of yesterday's post 😂. Either way, it might behoove you to know the context of this word.

The 汉 hàn in 汉语 refers to the Han ethnic group -- the largest of the 56 (government-proclaimed) Chinese ethnic groups. Some data have indicated that Han people comprise 90% or more of the population. So, it's unsurprising that this large group has gotten to name one of the most common terms for Mandarin. (Remember, Mandarin is what we learn at BHS and is the official language of China. There are other dialects/languages in existence.)

Anyhoo, the point is that if one is going to be referring to Mandarn Chinese as a language, it wouldn't hurt to know how to say it two ways! 🙃

普通话 and 汉语 can be used in most of the same contexts -- 汉语 might be a little less eloquent, but you won't get in trouble for using either. 🙂

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A very happy (belated) 21st birthday to Emily P🥳⁠

Cheers to a person who is always there for your team members and always ready to assist the doctors at any moment. We love how you consistently find a way to say yes. You are a great person overall and we love working with you! ⁠

We hope you have a lovely birthday, you deserve it!🎉
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