All Blog Posts Tagged 'technology' (72)

That's not the school bell ringing - it's your phone

I could tell open this post by telling a story about waiting in line to use a payphone in my high school to call a friend who was supposed to pick me up after sixth period. Or I could reminisce about when pagers became very cool and lots of friends at my high school had them.



But that would make me feel old,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 10, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

You should text your mother

As mentioned before, my Mother is really good with technology. She blogs, she texts and she FaceTimes with her grandchildren. It turns out that this is really good - not just that she is adept at embracing new things, but it's good for my relationship with…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 27, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Sexting as the new first base?

I have a friend with a name very close to my husband's. And I have to keep that in mind, because every time I pull up my husband's name in my phone's contact list, his name appears first. He's a good enough friend, so I've actually given him a fair warning that if he ever receives an inappropriate or confusing text from me to ignore it. (And preferably delete it.) Because when I send messages about being out of soap or a sappy "wish you…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 20, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

Can I please just drive?

My son and I are on the way to the grocery store and my phone dings. I ignore it. It dings again. Then my phone rings. Normally, I have Bluetooth enabled in my car, but it is off right now, so I don't answer the phone. My son asks me why I don't answer the phone and my answer is, "Because I'm driving and people can wait."…



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Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Staying focused...as an adult

There's an app now to help you talk to people...you know, on your phone.



But, I'm not being fair, so let's start again.



I use my phone to call people, text funny pictures of my…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments

We've all got the blues

When I did my 100 book challenge last year, I would occasionally (and accidentally) get a large print book from the library. I'd crack it open, see all the large typeface and think, "Wow. That's kind of nice."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 15, 2014 at 6:31am — 2 Comments

Parents: Stop calling your kids

I would like to issue an overdue apology to my five roommates in college: I'm sorry I wouldn't answer the phone. Back in the pre-cell phone days (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a call would come into the dorm room phone, and I wouldn't move to answer it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 11, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week



** A backyard campout for the kids is so much more fun when it’s in someone else’sbackyard.



** Facebook should really be called…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 26, 2014 at 12:39am — No Comments

Technology Orphans

We've all heard the expression 'football widow', but have you heard of a 'technology orphan'? I use this term to describe children who do everything they can to get their parent's attention while the parent has their nose stuck in their smartphone. 

I may be a grandmother of five, but do get it.  I am guilty of reading a book, playing a game, or texting (or all three) on my phone while watching TV. And I see nothing wrong with occupying yourself on the phone while waiting in a line or…

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Added by Lorraine Wilkie on July 23, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Another reason to reduce screen time

On Fridays I let my son take his LeapPad to school with him so that he can play it in the afternoons. This is the compromise I've come up with as the school shows movies on Friday afternoons. I normally would not have a problem with movie time, except that the school often shows movies that are PG and not appropriate for my son to watch.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Butterflies in the sky? No, they are on my phone

As a parent, I admit to having a certain amount of nostalgia for my childhood. I would like to think this is because I had a wonderful childhood (thanks, Mom!), but I also know that it is because familiarity breeds comfort.



Of course, my husband and I are selective about what we pass down to our son:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

Same room; different content

Last week, I was wondering how old my son will be when he gets his first smartphone. My husband and I still haven't decided the right age, but agree that it will be when he has reached the right balance of personal responsibility and social need. (We want him to understand the consequences of having the device, but don't want him to be the only…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 30, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

Your phone is mine

My son likes to pretend that he has a cell phone. He'll walk around the house with a toy car case against his ear (he has pretend phones, but he likes to use that case), and say things like, "Yeah. Yeah. That sounds great. Let's do that then. OK, gotta go. Bye." He'll tell me that one of my coworkers is calling me, and I'll tell him to ignore it because I don't take work calls at home while I'm making dinner. He'll reconsider and then…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 23, 2014 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

Family dinner time: There's an app for that

When I was little, I was an avid reader. (Despite my 100 challenge last year, I'm hesitant to describe myself that way now, because I find it difficult to find the time to read.) I used to read after school, before school and sometimes in the middle of the night with a flashlight (sorry, Mom). I remember one time I tried to read at the dinner table.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 16, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

It's not the birds and the bees...it's sex

Take a moment and recall the sex talk you had (or didn't have) with your parents. I got mine from my Mother after an episode of the Wonder Years in which the main character gets the sex talk from his father. (Belated: Thanks, Mom!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 9, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Encounters with strangers and setting boundaries

Little things in life are important. That statement shouldn't need an explanation, but I'll provide one anyway: 



There's this amazing deli I visit near my office around once a week. Seriously, the chicken salad sandwiches are incredible - not too wet, not too chunky, just light, zesty and sweet. I should know because I get the chicken sandwiches every week, whether I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 12, 2014 at 6:38am — 2 Comments

It's never too early to start planning Mother's Day

For anyone who does not realize this: Mother's Day is a big deal. It is a chance to tell your Mom how much you love and appreciate her.

And, for me, (and with the help of a little technology) it is the chance to drive her a little crazy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 21, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

The results of the media diet

Last week, I came across the term media diet and decided to track my own use of media throughout a typical week. I was especially interested in seeing how much I used media (specifically, my smartphone, the computer and TV) in front of my impressionable son.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on April 7, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

What's on your media diet?

I read the term "media diet" the other day. (Is that a thing now?)

I have given some thought (probably not enough) to the foods that I prepare for my family and the ways to make them healthier, but I have never thought to apply the idea of "diet" to non-food items.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 31, 2014 at 6:15am — 2 Comments

#ASKAWAYFriday With Teddy is MultitaskMomma

I started participating in #ASKAWAYFriday and I have enjoyed it. I love connecting with other bloggers and learning more about them. I wanted to participate in this blog hop because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself. I thought #ASKAWAYFriday was the perfect way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Teddy asked me and…

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Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 8:11pm — No Comments

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