When The Situation Calls For Awareness

If your world is anything like mine your phone is dinging, chirping, ringing or vibrating off the table all day long. While these digital burps feel like an electronic leash at times, they are a great way to stay productive and connect with people who live in other states- as I do with my extended family and close friends. There is certainly a ‘risk vs reward’ equation Continue reading “When The Situation Calls For Awareness”

New App Hopes To Preserve Family Tranquility

Gentlemen: As the holidays’ approach and your plans for family dinners and out of town guests start to mature, I’d like to do my part to help you make it through another year unscathed.

I am lucky enough to have wonderful in-laws who stop in at least twice a year as they pass through Atlanta on their snowbird migration. They are, truly, wonderful people – and fantastic Grandparents. The irony is that the more successful they are at being Grandparents, the more at odds they are with my role as a Father. While my role is to discipline, enlighten and mold my Son, their job – and rightfully so – is to spoil the kid and encourage juvenile anarchy. Whether enacted out of pure love or recompense for my Wife’s youth is unknown at this point, but the fact remains- our missions are at odds. I’m guessing I’m not alone here…

Much to the behest of my lovely bride, I apparently have this autoimmune type of response each time my in-laws visit. Parenting is an ever-moving fine line of love, discipline, and the art of Parents hiding the fact that they rarely agree on where the line should be. Naturally, when one force increases, the other rises to compensate…. Anyway, it’s been brought to my attention that I, the boy from Detroit who never wants to be caught with a knife at a gun fight, tend to overcompensate. Why wouldn’t I? My harmonious home life has quickly migrated into a Little Big Horn-esque power struggle that I have absolutely no hope of winning.

To solve this problem, My Wife would like me to develop an app. Just a simple ‘one click’ button that she can pull up at family dinners when my righteous indignation kicks into a high gear. This command overrides the vibration feature on my phone, emitting instead a shocking (but G-d willing non-lethal) charge dangerously close to my private parts. Her thought here isn’t electroshock therapy. Rather, she knows that I keep my phone in my front pocket and wants an easy way to remind me that if I continue on this path, the part of my body that has just received this jolt is the same one I will not be using that evening…

Ladies: should you care to make this training method a reality, I’m told a Kickstarter campaign is planned for next spring.

 

previously published in AroundWoodstock Magazine October 2015

Remember to Parent

Every parent wants to do better for their kids than was done by their parents before them.  For my Wife and Me, that means sending our Son to camp at a lake each summer.  He makes the usual trek to camp for several weeks, then as the summer winds down, he goes to his Grandparents place on the beach off the Long Island Sound for two weeks.  It’s a rough life he lives, but somehow he survives…

Technology Can Be A Helpful Parenting Tool

There isn’t a single generation since man walked erect that hasn’t said “things were different when I was young…” and meant it. As a Father in his <gulp> 40’s I never thought this particular cliche’ would land as squarely on my shrinking shoulders as it has. Living in the Information Age has provided us all progress and prosperity as well as perils and pitfalls. The question of the day is; “How do I use this to my advantage as a parent?”

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