Hollee Actman Becker. Just your average writer/Main Line Housewife trying to make the suburbs happen (it's not going to happen)

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Time To Power Down

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My kids are leaving for camp in five days and if you know anything about me then you know how much I am dreading this moment.

You know what I’m not dreading?

The moment they fork over their respective electronic devices and head off into a cell-free, wifi-free zone for the summer.

Wanna know why? Because stalking my kids on social media has pretty much become a full-time job, one that’s about as confusing and annoying as trying decipher the current relationship status of Justin and Selena. 

Or, you know, something else a little less lame.

Here’s the thing.

Though I’ve been known to preach about the importance of keeping tabs on kids online, new social media apps pop up almost daily. And as our kids become increasingly efficient (read: sneaky) at navigating them without our knowledge, it becomes all the more difficult for us to monitor every single thing they see and do and say.

For the record, I’m not talking about sites like facebook and twitter… or even instagram. Our kids have long since 86-ed these parental party zones in favor of places like Vine, Snapchat, Kik, Ask.fm, Wanelo, Tumblr, We Heart It…

The list goes on.

And keeping up with it can be excruciating. Which is why I plan to power down my kids’ devices the minute they leave the building, pop open a bottle (or 10) of champers and hang up my career as a social media stalker.

At least for the next seven weeks.

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If you’re not quite ready to join me, check out How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online over on the P&Geveryday website.

The piece offers some great tips for monitoring your kids online, as well as a solid set of guidelines broken down by age, which is key. But for me, the most important takeaway was simply the article’s whole “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; show him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” vibe.

In a nutshell: Teach your kids proper etiquette and talk to them about being safe online, and you probably won’t have to oversee every single thing they do.

So simple it just might work!

In the meantime, I’ll be over here with my bottle of Veuve if you need me.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Leaving their mark on the last day of another summer.

The handprints just keep getting bigger.

Leaving their mark on the last day of another summer.

The handprints just keep getting bigger.

So The Kids Are Singing Payphone.

Six-Year-Old: Hey Mommy! What IS a pay phone anyway?

Ten-Year-Old: Oh I know what it is! It’s that thing superheroes use to change in.

I may not have gotten a letter today but at least the dog did.
Also.
Note to self.
Work on comma placement when she gets home.

I may not have gotten a letter today but at least the dog did.

Also.

Note to self.

Work on comma placement when she gets home.

8 am and the vacay mojo is already dissipating.
Much like the tans we spent a week carefully cultivating.
Back to reality, my babies!
Yes this shot is 100 percent posed.
But still.
Coming home from vacation totally sucks.
Especially when your first-day-back’s agenda includes items like chocolate chip pancakes, outdoor recess, library, rock climbing, after-school hip hop, tennis with your besties and pizza for dinner.
Because it’s Wednesday.
And on Wednesdays we have pizza.

8 am and the vacay mojo is already dissipating.

Much like the tans we spent a week carefully cultivating.

Back to reality, my babies!

Yes this shot is 100 percent posed.

But still.

Coming home from vacation totally sucks.

Especially when your first-day-back’s agenda includes items like chocolate chip pancakes, outdoor recess, library, rock climbing, after-school hip hop, tennis with your besties and pizza for dinner.

Because it’s Wednesday.

And on Wednesdays we have pizza.

When we left for vacay a week ago I couldn’t pay the nine-year-old to brush her hair.
Now she doesn’t make a move without this sucker in her hand.
And so it begins…

When we left for vacay a week ago I couldn’t pay the nine-year-old to brush her hair.

Now she doesn’t make a move without this sucker in her hand.

And so it begins…

Stone crabs from Jake’s + Peppermint Stick ice cream at Sloan’s = Da bomb!
Vacation math is so much better than regular math.

Stone crabs from Jake’s + Peppermint Stick ice cream at Sloan’s = Da bomb!

Vacation math is so much better than regular math.

I’d like to thank Steve Jobs for making this dinner at Lucca possible.

I’d like to thank Steve Jobs for making this dinner at Lucca possible.