When you walk into the Common Sense Media offices, some of the first things you notice are the various piles of books, games, and DVDs that our editors have squirreled away. Sure, lots of these are for review purposes, but once the review goes live, the good stuff tends to find its way back to an editor's home (at least temporarily) to be shared with our kids.
This impulse to re-watch, re-play, or re-read our favorites inspired us to write about what we really love: great stuff to share with our kids.
Reading to your kids is one of the best things you can do for them (and, not incidentally, yourself!).
Books to Talk About
Once kids are reading on their own, it's fun and enlightening to discuss their impressions of the story.
Family Video Games
Even if you're not a gamer, give these family-oriented games a shot (learning a new skill together helps families bond).
Family DVDs We Love
From Snow White to Harry Potter, some stories are simply timeless -- and provide a jumping-off point for conversation.
More Stuff We Love to Share
The Red Balloon
This imaginative story is told entirely through visual imagery.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
These books grow with your kids -- you'll read the first few to them, and they'll take it from there.
Lassie Come Home
This boy-and-his-dog classic is full of positive messages and helpful lessons.
The French countryside comes to life in a challenging tile-laying app that will have your family huddled around the iPad.