Posts Tagged ‘cell phones’

OK, It’s Not a Cell Phone in the Washer — But Man, is it Sticky!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

I love Dawn Meehan, author of Because I Said So… And Other Tales From a Less-Than-Perfect Parent. If you haven't checked out her blog, head over to Because I Said So.

The photo collage on her blog banner is so adorable. Reminds me of the photos (and other assorted family stuff) on my fridge.

I've written here about finding my son's cell phone in the washer. But I have ONE kid. Dawn, the mom of three boys and three girls, finds laundry day to be a continual adventure.

Fruit snacks in the dryer, anyone? (Yep, it's as much of a sticky mess as you'd imagine.)

Having one of those days? Go spend some time with Dawn and you'll know you're definitely not alone.

Experts Say Cell Phones Distract Preteen Pedestrians (Well, Duh.)

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Thank goodness they did this study in a simulated pedestrian environment…

A new study has examined how cell-phone use distracts preteens while crossing the street. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham worked with children ages 10 and 11. 

Distraction was created by cell-phone conversation with a research assistant. When distracted, the kids were less attentive to traffic, left less time between themselves and the next oncoming vehicle and were involved in more collisions and near misses.

While cell phones offer convenience and safety to families, the study authors stress that pedestrians — especially children, who are likely to be more distracted than adults — should limit cell-phone use while crossing the street.

Seems like it might be time for yet another reminder to our kids about pedestrian safety. (Just don't call them on their cell phones to remind them…)

Welcome Pot Smokers!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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You gotta love Google. It always amazes me how people find this blog,
and it's a hoot to see some of the Google searches that result in
people clicking on a parenting blog. How about these:

°    "How to prep and smoke weed" (Sorry, Dude, but you ended up with my article for parents on kids and pot.)

°    "What do you do when your teenager is smoking pot?" (OK, I'm seeing a trend here. Maybe the first one was searched by a teen and the second one by his mom?)

°    "Idea gift teacher child always late pick up" (Always late pickup? So
you need a gift to say I'm sorry for all those late arrivals at
day-care pick-up time? I'm guessing the teacher would prefer you spend
the money on a watch. Teachers need to get home to their OWN families
at the end of the day, right?)

°    "Cell phone in washing machine"
(After I did a post on this when my son left his cell phone in his
pants pocket — and it got drenched — the post became my most-visited
ever. At least our family isn't alone!)

°    "Sick of video games" (Me too.)

°    Can my child get MRSA at school? (The number of searches that hit on the MRSA post here
on the blog is going up, up, up. Remember to tell your kid not to share
gym towels — and not to sit his naked butt on the bench in the locker
room. Now there's a dinner-time conversation starter!)

Keep those Google searches coming! I love having you stop by — however you get here.

When Should My Kid Have a Cell Phone?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

An air mattress in the shape of a mobile phone

Chris Brogan, posting over on Dad-o-Matic (my favorite new parenting blog) has a terrific post today on kids and cell phones:

Saw this post by Julie Bonner, where she talks about her daughter getting a cell phone before the age of 11. Now, some of you just raised an eyebrow. You’re wondering if that’s a bit early for a ten year old to own a cell phone. I’m going to say that it’s not, from my perspective. With current requirements on scheduling, freedom, and even safety, giving a child a cell phone seems to be moving towards being the norm.

Brogan goes on to share some great tips about what type of plan to buy, parental controls, rules for cell-phone use and a lot more. Good stuff. Check it out here.

Need a Little Gossip? Just Go to the Grocery Store

Friday, May 30th, 2008

It's official. We no longer need soap operas on TV. Want juicy tales of marital cheating, embarrassing (or so you'd think) medical problems, and local gossip? Just walk the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store.

Lately I've overheard — from women talking on cell phones loudly enough to be heard all the way from the granola bars to the Raisin Bran —  all the details about how one mom hates her kid's baseball coach, how another's husband is cheating on her, and how a third is trying to find the right vaginal-itch cream.

Please, people! I'm just trying to buy some bananas. Do I need to hear all the intimate details of your life? (And forget about me. What if your kid's coach or your child's teacher is shopping just one aisle over?)

Of course, the worst part is that many of these people (and, sadly, the vast majority of these yackers seem to be women) have young children in the shopping cart, hearing every word they say. Don't they realize these little people are sponges? That they have ears?

It's so tempting to go up to these women and say something, but what would you say? "Have you talked with a therapist?" "Can I recommend a good gynecologist?" "Was that your coach's wife I just saw in the produce section?"

You Can Recycle THAT?

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

It’s easy to think of the usual suspects when it comes to teaching your kids about recycling: newspapers, bottles, cans.

But how about also recycling tennis shoes, computers, packing peanuts, cell phones, toothbrushes, motor oil, formal dresses, eyeglasses… Whew! The possibilities are exciting.   

Visit Forecast Earth to learn more and check out their terrific article, "10 Things to Recycle That You Never Thought You Could."

Driven to Distraction

Monday, October 8th, 2007

A couple of years ago, my husband, then-9-year-old son and I had a too-close call with a cell-phone-wielding woman maneuvering an SUV through our always-crowded downtown area.

She hung a fast right on red without stopping, slowing or, apparently, even wondering if any pedestrians might be taking advantage of the flashing “walk” signal. Fortunately, my husband saw her and pulled both Matt and me from her path. She never even noticed us scrambling out of her way.