Tag Archives: blogging

Free Lecture for CT Parents at Darien Library

23 Mar

For Fairfield County, CT parents who might be interested, Warren Buckleitner will be speaking at Darien Library on Thursday, March 24 about parenting with technology.

Buckleitner is an educational psychologist, editor of Children’s Technology Review and a blogger for the NYT. His discussion is titled “Raising a 21st Century Problem Solver: A Recipe for Modern Parents.”  Sounds perfect for this techno(t) parent!  Sign me up.

Thanks for sharing, KS!

Email Thank Yous…Yes or No?

10 Mar

This blog post is dedicated to one of my favorite tech-savvy moms.  (She lives in Omaha and her initials are DP if she’s reading…)

Anyhoo, I cleaned out my kitchen desk this weekend and came across a half-addressed thank you note, complete with “forever” stamp firmly affixed.  I immediately cringed, realizing the baby gift thank you note I had intended to send six months ago had gotten lost among my post-baby paper clutter and never made it to the mailbox.  My face warmed, recalling the sweet handwritten note the gifter sent me in response to the gift I sent her for her little girl, who was born a month prior to my munchkin’s arrival.

So here’s my question:  In this day and age, is it okay to send email, text or Facebook thank you notes, or do you need to mail the real deal?  And will you require your kids to handwrite thank you notes as they grow up?

Prior to my “sleepless-new-mom” frame of reference, I would staunchly vote for the hand-written thank you.  My positioning was grounded in the manners my mom taught me.  A handwritten note shows thoughtfulness – by taking the time to  handwrite in a typing age, buy stamps, and get the note to the physical mailbox in a timely manner.  Plus, in this digital age, who doesn’t appreciate a non-bill piece of mail?

But  in my working-new-mom world, when I’m operating on two stolen hours of sleep a night and finding clean, matching socks seems like a miracle, thank you notes can fall into a drawer, only to be discovered on my child’s first birthday.  And where are the manners then?  Good intentions are great, but if they don’t get the job done, they’re not that good, right?

So while I’m a *huge* fan of the handwritten thank you, both for the manners and the skills it teaches, (and I will teach my munchkin this graceful way to say thank you for sure) today, I fall in the “email works” category.  It shows you acknowledge the gift.  It shows you’re thankful for the time and money the giver spent selecting, purchasing and shipping it.  And most importantly, it guarantees the thanks gets to your destination (spam mailboxes aside.)

So DP, in the spirit of Techno(t)parent, this is my formal, digital thank you.  I appreciated the gift *so* much, and the munchkin  practically wore the outfit out.  (And she’s still wearing the accessories!)  I hope you know –  since you’re a new mom too – it wasn’t a matter of saying thanks in my heart… I’d send you the half-addressed note as proof, but it may take a few additional weeks!

To everyone else, what do you think?  Is email or FB sufficient in the “thank you” department?

Patience, Grasshopper…

2 Mar

So last week I posted about my frustration with the blogosphere.  And this week, I’m doing a complete 180… thanks to the tons of support and encouragement I’ve received from readers.   Friends and strangers alike have freely shared suggestions, tips and praise for techno(t)parent, and I’m in awe.  Who knew the “faceless” digital world could be soooo crazy cool?!  (Hush, you early adopters!)   

This post is one of thanks for those reading daily, those reading occasionally, and for those who’ve stumbled on my crazy techno(t)parent world by mistake and simply stuck around.  I *sincerely* appreciate your tips, advice and thoughts, and humbly thank you for joining me on this journey. 

I’ll continue to share what I uncover, and also my mistakes and hiccups along the way, so you can benefit.  And I’ll be taking some interesting leaps in the weeks to come – attempting to incorporate my own video, and perhaps a podcast or two… So stay tuned, and please continue to read, comment and share techno(t)parent with friends, colleagues and family you think might benefit from the info.  Together, we can make it even better. 

For those in the yoga know, Namaste.  (Roughly translated:  The goodness in me salutes the goodness in you.)

The Blogging Rabbit Hole

21 Feb

This blog was created for a grad school class, and the expectation is that we’re blogging five times a week.  For my readers’ (are you out there??) sake, I’ve been killing myself to draft well-written posts that offer value, insight and guidance in the world of technology and parenting.  So before I complain, I must preface my thoughts with the following: 

I *love* the blogging platform.  It allows me to express my creative (and not-so-creative) self.  It’s a free, immediate, easy way to share my ideas and thoughts with others, and get their feedback.  And I’m thrilled when someone takes the time to weigh in on something I’ve written or a broader discussion ensues.  As a writer, I also cherish the chance to write something other than press releases, company statements or white papers.  And I hope the few people I am reaching find my posts valuable and interesting.

But penning a regular blog is also stressing me the hell out!

From researching unique topics and finding credible experts to interview to selecting appropriate graphics and obsessing about sentence structure, I find the blogging process a *huge* time suck.  I’ve been up since 6 a.m. today – on a vacation day no less – drafting and editing blog posts while my mom and sister play with my baby girl in the next room.   (Did I mention it’s now 2:31, and I have yet to stop for lunch?!)

See, I think blogging is great for people who are casual writers. Or people who don’t mind mistakes.  Or people who’ve been able to draw a solid, paying audience.  Or experts sharing info in a field they have expertise in.  Or people who like to throw things out in the Universe and see what comes back.   Or people who aren’t obsessive editors or self-critics.  But I’m learning that I’m not that type of person.

I’m a perfectionist, and I don’t want any less-than-solid writing representing me in the public realm.  And so the blogging process becomes a time-consuming, politically correct, research-driven, grammar-obsessed monster that gobbles up huge chunks of my time.  Time I simply don’t have.

As one of my fellow classmates shared when discussing the blogging experience, “I start down one path, and then I link to something else, and then something else, and then I have so much information I don’t know where to stop.”  I feel her pain.  And I raise her ten.

And since I have yet to learn how to market this beast of a blog, I’m also feeling the proverbial tree-falling-in-the-woods frustration.   Why am I killing myself to deliver quality stuff if no one is reading it??!  

So I’ve decided to cut myself some slack,  and if my grade suffers because I need to dial back, so be it.   Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it’s that the blogging process – while rewarding – can also be all-consuming.  And I need to figure out how to set some limits or I’ll be sucked down the blogging rabbit hole faster than I can yell “feed the baby while I’m gone!”

Oh, and I’m starving.