Topic: technology

Kid’s Watch Trackers Might Give Me The Comfort I Need To Be More Of A Free-Range Mom

Kid's Watch Trackers Might Give Me The Comfort I Need To Be More Of A Free-Range Mom

It’s heaven-sent! To be able to let my kids out of my reach in the busy city, to follow through when I say “we’re leaving now and you better get on board,” without having to look back over my shoulder every single second. To let them (eventually) gain some independence in a city where at 2 and 4 they already know how to navigate the one-stop express bus route to school without me having to lose my mind thinking about them as elementary school kids on their own. I think it’s nothing short of genius. More »

Twinning: I’ve Become Less Anti-Video Games As My Kids Have Gotten Older

Twinning: I've Become Less Anti-Video Games As My Kids Have Gotten Older

When my twins were three, my stance on video games and iPhone apps was pretty extreme: not allowed. I wasn’t anti-technology; I just felt that 3-year-olds would benefit infinitely more from doing things in the real world rather than on a video screen. I wanted to make sure they could use actual crayons and markers before they had a virtual palette at their fingertips. I wanted them to be able to kick a ball across the yard before they tossed them across video fields with a controller. I also saw no need to introduce them to the world of video games when we’d just barely introduced Candy Land. More »

As Brilliant As I Think My Kids Are, They Will Be Earning Diplomas — And Unless His Name Is David Karp, Yours Probably Should Too

As Brilliant As I Think My Kids Are, They Will Be Earning Diplomas -- And Unless His Name Is David Karp, Yours Probably Should Too

It’s not just about being smart. The Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerbergs – and now add David Karp to the list – of the world are brilliant, of course, but more importantly they are extremely hard-working, focused, ambitious and self-motivated. Nothing in their lives is more important than what they are creating. These outward expressions and actions are the only tell-tale signs that traditional school might not be necessary. More »