- Really? You're just now getting a smartphone?
- About time. Welcome to 2013
- You shoulda got an iphone
How to be a Smart Parent with a Smart Phone:
1. Connect with others in a genuine way: Let your kids talk with aunts, uncles, grandparents on a phone call or via Skype/Facetime. Do it yourself, and allow your kids to see you doing so.
2. Find your way in unfamiliar territory: My phone's navigation is pretty reliable, but it prefers only main highways. This makes travel easier (most of the time).
3. Document memories: I love that I can record HD video and take some great pictures using my phone. I have seen ebooks and videos about phone photography. There are apps that create scrapbooks from your phone photos. Take advantage.
4. Don't text and drive: The little ones (and big ones) will notice.
5. Play sparingly: The games are fun. Some are addicting. I have a hard time putting down a round of "words with friends," but those are precious minutes. Make the most of them.
6. Spread some love: I tweet, instagram, facebook, and blog. When I do get a minute to check these or contribute, I do my best to throw some positivity into the world, comment, or at least "like" something I appreciate.
7. Do what works for you: Set limits. Maybe it's no phones at the dinner table, or you put them on the counter til the kids go to bed. Right now, I check texts and calls while being Mom and check social media while the kids eat breakfast, then again at nap. I am working on finding a balance and am open for suggestions on how to incorporate a smartphone into my everyday life.
Thanks for reading and stopping back to check out my sporadic posting. I appreciate you!