Over at the Family Connections Forum, I’m talking about whether or not young adult classics need a tech update, specifically, the jewel of my literary history: the Baby-Sitters Club.
Also also! Behold this meme that is so-relevant to my life, so if you didn’t know:
1. Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on?
My son has complete control of my iPhone (and has damaged!) and iMac, which is not damaged, but has a permanent toddler sticky film on it. Blech!
2. How many take-out restaurant numbers do you have programmed into your phone?
Strangely enough, we don’t do take-out, but we know what to order at every restaurant we go to, so everything is ordered quickly. And we never go to a place where kids aren’t allowed to wallow under the table.
3. How many hours of television do you so totally not let your kids watch a week?
He doesn’t watch as much TV because most of his attention has moved onto my computer, which is really now his computer. He gets about two to three hours a day, but we balance that out with books, crafts and teaching him how to do our taxes. He has to learn sometime!
4. Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at playdates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville?
Yes! Why do parents have to front so much? There’s no shame in my game! My son watches DVDs and plays games on the computer and he still is an active kid who climbs on me so he can become a giant. I don’t get in the way of life goals.
5. How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip?
We made it about half a mile before I heard, “Mom! Phone please! PHOOOOONE!” Sometimes I pretend that I don’t have a phone or that the phone is broken (the latter most likely true).
6. What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day?
Three. Early in my pregnancy when I was going through the emotional roller coaster of hormones, I called once to find out if it was normal that I wasn’t growing (granted, I was only two months pregnant) and when they didn’t call me back, I called again and again until I finally said that the baby needed a stress test. The nurse called me anyway to say, get off the ledge crazy pregnant lady because you do not know what a stress test is. But she said it in a nice, sweet way and I was reassured, albeit, RAGING WITH HORMONES.
7. What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day?
Anything. My husband doesn’t know how to text, so the minute he does, I will be squeeing like a little school girl.
8. What’s your favorite iPad joke?
I tweeted: iPad? because iSanitaryNapkin was too long? But there have been funnier comments than that.
9. What’s the dumbest parenting tool, gear, gadget or device you ever bought?
We got those digital timers that you stick onto food to tell you when you opened it. Then I threw it out accidentally. So it worked, but user error foiled its purpose. Since then, I just base it on memory or the date on the package (imagine that!).
10. How many years will it take for your child to become more tech-savvy than you?
I would say about five years. At three, he already knows how to find the browser, click on his bookmarks and to navigate most kid websites. Part of me is afraid of where this is going, and the other half is happy that at least for now, his attention is only on his buds Thomas, Caillou and Bob the Builder.