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
Hi. I'm Lauren. And I know nothing about television.
Let me explain: Sometimes when I talk to other parents, they will tell me about the shows they or their children watch. And I have NO IDEA what they are talking about. I watch TV, but evidently, I don't watch what they are watching. I try to remember the…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments
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.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
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.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 21, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments
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.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 7, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments
If you couldn't tell from this blog, I love my Mom. (Hi, Mom!) I try to keep in touch with her - we do in-person visits, Facetime, regular phone calls and texts. I even sometimes play text games with her near her birthday or mother's day, where I will text pictures of my cat for a week until she tells me to stop it and send a picture of her grandson. (It's a fun game; you should try it with your parent of choice.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments
I married a gamer; and I am glad that I did.
Playing video games is just one of my husband's many hobbies. It is one that we occasionally do together (before I was pregnant, we used to have Wii Wednesdays where I would do my best to defeat him at bowling and tennis). But playing video games is not something I engage in as often as he would probably like. (Sorry,…Continue