I try my best to keep my phone at bay when I am present with my son. This includes ignoring the noises that it makes and the list of things I don't know in the moment that I want to look up. But, I can say that I am more fully engaged in things like dinner time, games and other family-based activities.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 18, 2018 at 6:45am — No Comments
I am a little jealous of my son's summer. He is going to all these amazing camps with field trips and classes and getting to swim every day. It is exactly what a summer should be (at least for someone with two working parents): Some scheduled activities but a lot of free time to explore.…Continue
The screentime rules in our household are well known. My son knows them and tries to push the boundaries of them, but he follows them. Not a weekend has passed without him requesting that he use his screentime earlier in the day or that he gets more of it. Sometimes we let him know we are making an exception to the rules and give him what he is asking for, but usually the rule is the rule.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 7, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
In our household, we often refer to our Echo device as "she-who-shall-not-be-named." This isn't because Alexa is evil (although I've had my fair share of arguments with her). It is because she is always listening to us. We've learned not to use her name unless we need to.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 30, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
We joke that our house is haunted.
There is a light in our dining room hutch that turns on sporadically, and we teasingly say that the hutch is possessed and that the ghost wants attention. We are all fine with this joke, because the hutch ghost is quiet and limits itself to turning the cabinet light on…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 19, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
I am sure everyone knows that Ferrari is an Italian company. The Ferrari Company has produced different sports cars ever since 1947 even though they built their first car in 1940 already. However, we can trace the roots of this company back to 1929. This is when Enzo Ferrari created the Scuderia Ferrari racing team.…Continue
Added by Emma Kalman on February 11, 2018 at 2:32pm — No Comments
We were at dinner in a restaurant.
It wasn't a special dinner or a fancy restaurant, just the three of us having a meal together before going to an event. After we ordered, as is our custom, I pulled out a pack of UNO cards and asked my husband and son if they wanted to play. They (as usual) said yes; we…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 11, 2017 at 6:48am — No Comments
"What's that?" my son asks. I was looking at one of those "remember these" list posts that people my age look at when we feel nostalgic. He was pointing at an original Furby. I tried to explain to him that it was a fluffy robotic trendy thing that was popular more than a decade before he was born.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 22, 2017 at 7:10am — No Comments
Like many parents, I constantly struggle with the right amount of screentime for my son. For the time being, we have settled into a comfortable groove and he knows what the rules are. But, every week when I read something new about children and technology use, I rethink all my decisions.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 23, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
Education, and the way teachers interact with their pupils, is constantly in a state of flux as institutions look to implement new technologies, research and policies into their own practices.
Take the computer as a prominent example. As computing power became more proficient and affordable, many schools and universities looked to integrate the new technology into the classrooms, offering students and teachers a new way of accessing and interacting with the curriculum.
Added by Jane Johntson on September 5, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments
My son is seven. He has long legs and has developed strong arms from swimming. He has soft, floppy, light brown hair and dark brown eyes. There is a smattering of freckles under his eyes and across his nose from spending summer outside. He laughs easily and often.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
Comp is an abbreviation for comparable. In real estate, if you price your house too high, no bites. If you price it too low, you leave money on the table. Just like in real estate, if you're selling an item, you need to know what the competition is selling…Continue
Added by Takiela Langley on July 19, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments
During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments
Let's say you have a rule in your household that there are no electronic devices at the dinner table. You have this rule in place because you are trying to establish the expectation for your son early in life and you don't want to become one of those families you see in restaurants - the ones who are all staring at personal screens and not talking to each other.…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 29, 2016 at 7:25am — No Comments
My son now has Minecraft on his iPad. And like most new electronic privileges in our household, it came with a set of rules.
So far, he has taken to the rules quite well. Whenever I tell him that his time is up with the…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 13, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments
Yes, I realize that if you have a teenager at home or work with a group of twenty-somethings, Venmo is very old news. However, when I mention Venmo to my group of mom friends, I tend to get blank stares and radio silence. Further, when I…Continue
Added by MyPurseStrings on May 26, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments
My little bear bears through the morning routine the best way he can. He whimpers as I help him get dressed and he slunks off to completed his bathroom stuff on his own. By the time he is finished, he is fully awake and ready to play. Our deal is that he can have screentime on his iPad until it is time to go to school.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 9, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Did you know it’s Earth Month? Earth Month begins on March 19th and runs until Earth Day, on April 22nd.
To celebrate Earth month, week and day, I am doing a giveaway from an amazing company Green Toys! Green Toys is an eco-friendly toy company. They use 100% recycled materials and US-based manufacturing to create toys for all ages.
Added by Lauren Markman on April 11, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments
My son is sitting on my lap as I write this post. He is watching the way my fingers move across the keyboard and he is reading the words as I type them.
I try very hard to not use my phone too much in front of my son. Yes, it is very rewarding when it is my turn in a game, or I get a text message from a friend. But, he is my son, and he is much more rewarding…