Posts Tagged ‘Memphis Parent’

Should You Use Your Phone To Track Your Kids on Halloween?

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Are you planning to personally keep an eye on your kids this Halloween as they go door to door? Or are you comfortable using a cell-phone-based GPS tracker?, based in Memphis, TN, spoke with Jane Schneider, editor of Memphis Parent, about the new “Trick-or-Tracker” Android app ($9.99) that allows parents to monitor their children’s whereabouts. (Of course, any GPS tracker will do the same thing. You don’t need one specifically designed for Halloween.)

What do you think about this? Would you use one? Do you think parents are shirking their responsibilities by using a tracker? Or is it a handy high-tech tool for today’s parents?

Check out the article and the interview with Schneider, then let us know what you think.

Breast-Health Update for Moms (and Teen Daughters)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month… Mom, have you been avoiding making that mammogram appointment because you're
worried about it being uncomfortable?

And did you know that exercise can
help your teenage daughter ward off future breast cancer?

Check out my new article, "Best Breast Care," in Memphis Parent magazine. (Then pick up the phone and make that mammogram appointment!)

Safe Holiday Travel With Kids

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

If you're like many families, you'll be hitting the skies or the highways for the upcoming holidays. Need some tips to help make it a better trip? Check out my latest article in Memphis Parent, Safe Travels During the Holidays.

You'll find car-seat safety tips, help for painful ears on long plane rides, tips for avoiding jet lag and much more.

Helicopter Parents Can Find Online School Info a Bit Too Tempting

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I have to share with you a terrific article on "Cutting The Cord," by Sherri McDonald:

Two weeks into sixth grade, Ally arrived home from school on a
Friday to find her mom energetically clicking away on the computer. A
bulging Hobby Lobby bag sat on the desk, beside a stack of colorful
online printouts.

Pausing, Danelle greeted her daughter and gestured with a flourish: 
“We’re nearly all set,” she beamed. “I have everything we need for the
history project Mrs. Crawford posted online today on her assignments
page. I know how much you love ancient Egypt, so I thought that’d be
fun to do. Getting an ‘A’ on this is important; we want to start out
stronger than last year. We’ll get started after you’ve had your snack…”

Yikes! When I read that I just wanted to say, "Mom, step away from the glue gun. Very slowly."

So many schools now use the Web to post assignments and grades, and that's great. But the sites can be used for good or evil. Check out the article for tips on handling the parental anxiety that can lead to finding yourself covered in sugar cubes at 3 a.m., assembling your fourth grader's California missions project. Good stuff here.

Artwork credit: Memphis Parent