My son is asking our Echo to tell him a joke. To be more specific, he is asking it to tell him a good joke. The joke it repeats doesn't live up to his standards, and after a few more attempts, he complains that "she doesn't even know a good joke from a bad one."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 15, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments
Like many parents, I struggle with my son's screentime. Sure, we have rules in place to limit the amount of time he has per day, but that is only a start. When we consider content that he is allowed to access, "play time" versus more educational materials, and his behavior upon learning his time is up (children have a hard time with the concept of how fast time can move), I find it is a subject that I need to revisit more often than I…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 8, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments
Last weekend, my son went to swim lessons. It had been three weeks since he had been, and on the car ride home he happily talked all about them. "It's good to get back to the routine of them," he said.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 5, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments
My Mother calls me a classic underbuyer.
There are probably many reasons for this: The fire that we had when I was little that taught me that possessions are not important. Or the series of apartments and moves that we went through that taught me to go through all my things once a year and get rid of what I…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Because my son is an only child, he tells me that he gets "bored" and "lonely" quite frequently on the weekends. I am not sure if this is a result of him being an only child or not, as it generally happens after his screentime is up and he is unsure of what he wants to do next.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 13, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
I've been thinking a lot about resolutions and how I don't make them. Instead, I try to do 100 of something. I am still working out the details of what that will be this year, but in the meantime, I have been thinking about my resistance of resolutions and how they normally get broken.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 2, 2017 at 8:55am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2016 at 4:48am — No Comments
My husband and I don't have enough shared television shows. This is entirely my fault. I don't pick up new shows very frequently and so there is often a dearth of entertainment for us to watch together at the end of a long working day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 19, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments
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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
It's really hard to follow our own technology rules. We know that. I, for one, would consider it a win to have a phone-free dinner table. Maybe I could use a little help.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2016 at 7:00am — 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
When I am work, I carry my mobile phone with me from meeting to meeting. I do not want to do this, but should I get a call from my son's school, I want to be able to answer it. I try to keep it on silent, so it will not ding during meetings, and I try to remember to turn the volume back on at the end of the day in case my husband calls while I am driving home from work. (I am not always successful at remembering either of those things -…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 16, 2016 at 6:16am — 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
"Is he ready for Minecraft yet?"
That was a text from my sister-in-law shortly after my son's sixth birthday. I pushed her off with claims that he has enough screentime and that I wanted to wait a bit longer.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 27, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
When my son - usually in a fit of excitement - asks me to do too many things at once, I remind him that I am not an octopus. Although I can see the initial appeal of having eight arms for cooking dinner, dancing with him in the kitchen and going through the 5-7 leaflets in his school binder, I wonder if eight arms would actually be enough. Also: Would it really be eight arms? Or, are two of those arms actually considered legs, and it is…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 25, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments
It started with a video link on Twitter.
I normally do not click on Twitter video links, but no one else was awake in my household and I already had breakfast in the oven. So I watched it. After watching the video, I texted a group of my friends and the following exchange happened:…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 4, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments
My son and I are at the bookstore. He is super excited. He has been dragged around on chores with me all day: Car wash, food shopping, photo pickup, department stores and several other places. As a reward for his super helpful behavior, I told him that I would purchase him the book we are missing from his Magic Tree House series.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 29, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments
Think about all the rules you have for your child's use of technology. Do you have rules around when they can use it? Rules to prevent bullying behavior? Rules around oversharing information online? Rules about the rooms of the house it can go into?
How many of those rules are ones that also apply to…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 28, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments
I know that I am going to stalk my son on his mobile device.
It will not matter to me how responsible he is, or what agreement we will have around his device or how old he is. I will be stalking him.…