"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
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
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
A woman in my office took off one Friday, and at about 9:30 am, I received an email from her. She wasn't showing as online, but she was definitely answering emails. I wrote her back, told her she was busted and reminded her that she was supposed to be off.
I get it: Sometimes it is hard to unplug from the…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 3, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments
When I asked my son what he wanted to save up his allowance for, he told me he wanted to buy a tablet. When I asked him why, he listed all the games he could play on it that he couldn't play on his LeapPad.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments
Before our son was born, my husband and I talked about what kind of environment we wanted for him. And one of the areas we agreed on was that we wouldn't expose him to a lot of media. The decision came from information from several sources citing that media use was not good for infants.
Since that time, more research has been done, and a more complete story has…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments
My son got a new electronic device with all his Christmas loot. It's like a Fitbit for kids, so it tracks his physical activity throughout the day and gives him rewards and games to play. It's a great little device and he is excited about it.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments
At first it is disturbing: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid...no mothers. Most people notice the trend of parents (especially mothers) dying in children's movies when they introduce the classics to their children.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 22, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments
On the (sadly) rare occasion that I leave my desk for lunch, I take my phone with me. I know I cannot successfully walk and text, but I will usually type out a brief note to my husband on the escalator ride through my building,…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments
When I let my son use my computer, he is usually sitting in my lap (or I am right next to him). He likes to use the mouse, he likes to type his name and we watch videos of Sesame Street friends or PBS videos with child-friendly content.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments