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
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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.…
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
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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
I am typing this post three hours before my bedtime. I normally do not work on blog posts at night (I write the majority of them in the mornings on the weekends), but it has been a busy weekend, so I am writing this one a few hours before I go to sleep. It is a Monday post, but that is not the deadline that I have in mind. My deadline is actually to be done with my computer an hour before my bedtime.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
My son loves to travel. He likes car activities, gets excited about homemade trail mix and hotels are the best thing ever. Except for the television. He hates hotel television: Mommy never knows the channels, there are commercials and he can't request shows to watch. I tried telling him that hotel TV is the way all television used to be. He doesn't believe me, but I tell him anyway.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 20, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments
We are at a restaurant. We have just placed our order and my son is not interested in the activities on the children's menu. There is only one solution: The cards in Mommy's purse.
For the record, I carry two sets of cards in my purse. There is a regular deck, which we've never actually used, and an UNO deck…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 13, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments