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…
I must be doing something slightly right as a parent. For Christmas, my son received his uncle's old iPad. Although my son seemed not as excited as we all expected him to be at the time, he has since declared it to be "the best gift he could ever receive" and "the only thing he has ever wanted in his whole life." He also spent the next few days only wanting to play games on his Uncle's team and sit by him at meals. High praise from my son…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 11, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
I work nine hours a day. From around 8:30 until 5:30 (if I am paying attention to the alert that tells me to leave), I am answering emails, rescheduling projects, attending meetings, straightening out issues over the phone and reading more emails through lunch. Nine hours.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 23, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments
I was attempting to beat my Dad in our ongoing tournament of Words With Friends when my son inserted himself onto my lap and asked, "Are you looking at The Twitter? Can I see?"…Continue
One of the challenges startups often face is finding time to establish a robust online presence that fully represents their business, value proposition and scope of services. Understandably, preliminary efforts are concentrated more on the service offerings themselves but even if a company offers products and services that are in high demand, if nobody can find the company, it won't be able to make a sale.
I recently connected with the owner of …Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on August 28, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments
My Mom is a pretty tech-savvy lady: She runs a brilliant blog, texts and shares photos, and she tweets more often than I do. All of this she learned on her own, and I am incredibly grateful for her willingness to be involved online. In her point of view, she is ready to interact with her grandchildren in whatever form of…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2015 at 8:09am — No Comments
Self-published authors have a pretty steep learning curve if they want to joint the ranks of the bestsellers. And I'm not talking about the Amazon bestsellers, I'm talking about the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Not an easy feat. It also doesn't happen for everyone. Authors can bust their tails for years and years, writing book after book and never make…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on July 29, 2015 at 8:36pm — No Comments