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Let’s Talk About Technology.

I love it. It’s exciting. I can’t wait to have my consciousness downloaded into the cybernetic brain of an anatomically correct android.

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That being said, I have decided, and my hubby agrees that Jack should have handwriting before he has a tablet.

What do you guys think? What’s the screen time policy at your house?

I mean, I let Jack watch T.V. of course, and he watches videos online and plays games on my phone sometimes. But something about letting him have his own tablet bothers me right now.

I see a lot of kids that do, and while I’m not questioning it for them, I’m questioning it for us.

If it works for you and your kids great, I’m just saying that in Jacks case I think it’s better to put off electronic tools like that until he’s learned to use, well, old-fashioned ones.

Ideally, I’d also like for him to use a computer and become computer literate for the most part before he has his own tablet for leisure or even educational purposes.

I’m also not a fan of screens in the bedroom for naptime or bedtime.

I realize some of you let your kids have tablets and let them use them in bed, and I have no desire to judge you for it. I get it, we all gotta do what we gotta do, and I respect that. This is just how I’m parenting at the moment.

I think it’s healthy to talk about different parenting styles and policies and I’m interested in hearing from those of you whose kids do get something beneficial from their personal screen time.

Drop me a line in the comments.

 

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It’s ok to have feelings…

In fact, it’s normal.

*WARNING. EXCESSIVE CURSING AHEAD.*

What’s not fucking normal is complaining about how feelings inconvenience you, how they infringe on your privilege, your sense of security and entitlement.

Sorry, #marchforourlives kids but my rights  don’t end where your feelings begin! ~Tomi Lahren

What’s not fucking normal is condemning kids for having FEELINGS, and taking ACTION.

BECAUSE WE’RE ALL FUCKING HUMAN BEINGS GODDAMNIT!!!

Emotions, creativity, these are the things that separate us from FUCKING ROBOTS!

I AM NOT A FUCKING ROBOT, I CARE MORE ABOUT KIDS THAN I CARE ABOUT GUNS.

I have a lot of feelings about guns, a lot, but only one is important right now because its the way a lot of other people FEEL too.

We need LESS of them fucking less okay!? Not fucking zero guns, no, just fucking fewer guns and less fucking gun culture, please.

-End rant.

Blog Mom Responds To Claims That Her Sponsored Content Exploits Her Kids.

Ok, I don’t know if you guys took my advice and started following Ana-Maria Klizs aka blue bird kisses, but if you did, then you know about the interview she did for CBC Radio this past week where she was asked about her mom blog and her sponsored posts.

Apparently, after Ana’s segment, there was another guest on the show, a fellow mom blogger named Heather B. Armstrong and she told a cautionary tale about the dangers of sponsored content and exploiting your personal life on social media in order to get paid.

In response to Heather’s tale of caution, Ana took to Instagram in a hurricane of furious video stories obviously feeling very defensive, and denying that she exploits her kids or her family life, or that she as Heather puts it, “manufactures content.”

Honestly, I always thought Ana’s photos felt a little contrived but overall I think she’s a down to earth chick. I was shocked at how pissed she was at the other mom blogger though. You know the guilty yell the loudest. So is Ana feeling guilty? Or is her outrage warranted? It’s evident that Ana’s feed (specifically Instagram and her Blog) is very well defined and controlled. As a lifestyle blogger, her home and her boys are the biggest parts of her brand. If you follow her, you know that her feed is very commercial looking; her life is a Target or Ikea add at a glance.

Ana may be a self-described “slob mom” at school pickup/drop off but she’s the cool, stylish boy mom on Instagram and it pays. In her defense, though she seems to be handling herself, she let her followers know that she writes up her own contracts with the brands she collaborates with, something that Heather B. Armstrong has only now started doing since returning to blogging after a hiatus. Ana also says she doesn’t include the boys in sponsored content against their wishes, and that she always discusses posts with sponsored content with her husband.

I’m curious if anyone else has any thoughts on this? Or if I’m the only one who follows the popular blog mom’s and talks about them like their celebrities? What do you think about mommy bloggers who manufacture content in order to get paid? I know they’re out there, but is Ana one of them?