I consider myself a new age Mom. When I say ‘new age’ I mean that I consider myself open to new types of parenting, and flowing with what is going on in the world around us. One of the tools I use as a new age Mom is having my toddlers learn through Kindle Fires. They’re turning 3 and 4 this week, and yes, they already know how to navigate through their Kindles on their own.
Yes; you read that right. Cars that drive themselves. Cars not dependent on human intervention. Would they be safe? Would they be affordable? What about maintenance? Who gets blamed when they crash? Clearly there are many uncertainties blanketing this concept. But that’s not stopping auto engineers from designing and testing self-driving cars. The list of car makers currently creating self-driving cars totals 30. Look here to see it in full. Clearly many, if not most, see this as a worthy pursuit.
Yes, I know the title of my article maybe a bit harsh, but please hear me out before writing this off as a post slamming anyone in need of a little extra help.
I have always been a bit obsessed with Christmas (like, listen to Christmas music and shop year round, begin watching Rudolph in May, etc.), but I never truly realized just how magical of a season it is until having a child of my own. If you are a parent, you know that there is nothing quite like the light in your child’s eyes when they see an elaborate light display, visit with Santa, or tear into that first colorfully wrapped gift on Christmas morning.
Today’s post honestly has nothing to do with technology (or motherhood), but is about one of the more interesting things to happen in my life.
Last year, my husband and I starred in an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters. (Season 101, Episode 2 — if you saw the episode with the girl with the “annoying voice” who kept making Catholic references, that was our episode!!) Here is the condensed story about how it came about:
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If you have a toddler or young child who has watched PBS Kids, Sprout, Disney, or Nickelodeon in the last year, there is a good chance that you are familiar with advertisements for an online, early learning academy called ABCmouse. Like most commercials and advertisements, I didn’t give this program a second thought… After all, how great could this online learning program be? Aren’t there a million others? What makes this one in particular so special?
A few weeks ago, my husband and I returned from traveling bliss: A glorious, baby-less, all-inclusive anniversary trip to Cancun.
Raise your hand if you are constantly checking your phone for emails, social media notifications, and texts.
*coyly raises hand*
I will be the FIRST to admit that my husband and I are the worst at this — in fact, if we don’t have our phones on us, we panic. That’s just how we are though; in fact, it’s how our entire generation acts and communicates… Right?
As I was making dinner earlier this summer, I heard a report on the CBS Evening News regarding how parent’s technology habits are affecting our children. Now, I know I always have my phone on me, but there is no way it is impacting my son. After all, it’s not like I text in the car, check my Facebook during dinner, or Tweet during mass — I doubt he even notices me using it… right?!