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By Ali Madison, Marketing Communications Manager at Trios Health
Mother of two
I didn't have a cell phone until I was in college, and neither
did most of my friends. Now, many kids have smart phones, tablets,
and more before they even get to high school; even infants are
using technology more than ever before. Not only are they getting
it sooner, but the platform and application options continually
expand along with the capabilities each offers. It can feel a
It's easy to understand why some parents feel a little unsure
about the proliferation of technology into our children's
lives--after all, we grew up playing outside, getting
dirty, and using our imaginations, right? We didn't sit around and
stare at backlit screens all day interacting with a two-dimensional
rather than three-dimensional world. So how do we handle the new
era we've found ourselves raising our own kids in?
I think all of our TherMOMeter moms agree
that technology can be a good thing for kids--even essential and
life-enabling in the case of our mom whose daughter relies on it to
communicate-and it's definitely not going anywhere. It has become
integral to daily life at home, at school, and at work, across all
ages and industries. And the things it allows us to do and learn
are nearly limitless. We need to think about how to best embrace it
rather than fight it because it's different from our own childhoods
or because we fear the potential downsides.
Perhaps it's about maintaining focus on its upsides rather than
on how too much of it can be a bad thing. We as parents get to
decide what "too much" is for our own children, and to determine
the mix of content they access. We also get to decide when it's
time to go outside and play, read a book, or do an art project. But
by finding a way to let technology add value in healthy ways, we're
helping prepare our children to live and thrive in their
world--today's amazing and fast-paced world--while still leaving
plenty of time for learning, playing, and creating the way many of
us grew up doing it.
Our TherMOMeter team
has offered a variety of creative approaches for managing
children's technology use in the latest installment, from nightly
device check-ins to earned screen time. Try what you think will
work best for your family, and if it doesn't, hit refresh until you
find the balance you're looking for.
There is nothing worse than having a child that is sick or
injured. That feeling of nervousness, your heart is in your throat,
and you have to be the one to take charge and decide what to do; I
guess that's called being a mom.
I always prefer to go to our family pediatrician; they know our
kids, and they have a 'baseline' for what is their 'normal'. I
always think that is the best solution, unless there is an
emergency. We have been to the ER before (so scary); I will use
that if we just can't wait or something needs to be done right away
and every minute counts.
Luckily that is usually not the case! The pediatrician can deal
with everything else.
For these and other fun ideas, visit Room Mom
Are you the "Funny Mom" in the group? Now's your chance to take
the mic - and compete for $10,000.
Click here and on the logo - go to their site
Deadline for submissions March 1st. 2014.
Dates for Screenings:
Meyer Media announces Oregon's Last Comedian Standing will be
returning this spring. 45 contestants statewide will have a chance
at their share of up to $10,000 in cash and prizes making Oregon's
Last Comedian standing the top prize for amateur competitions in
"This year we're hosting screening events and showcases of the
finalists in Eugene, Bend, Portland, Albany/Corvallis, Medford and
Grants Pass. This is record breaking for the
Oregon comedy scene, or in this case comedian breaking. It's also a
chance for arts and businesses to work together to raise the bar
and create opportunities to launch talent out of our communities."
states Jennifer Meyer, Producer of Oregon's Last Comedian
For more information or to submit your contact information go
online to meyermedia.net. A complete list of rules, eligibility
requirements and dates are available. Deadline for submissions
March 1st. 2014
A portion of the proceeds will go to local non-profits; Arts and
Business Alliance of Eugene and MEMA, Musicians Emergency Medical
Association for their contributions in supporting arts within our
About Meyer Media: Founded in 2004, Meyer Media is a full service
advertising agency specializing in turn-key promotions, innovative
marketing strategies and event production.
Congratulations Bad Santa photo winner Lisa
She says, "The photo was taken last year, just before
Christmas at Honolulu Hale (Honolulu's city hall). We moved to
Oregon a week later. My older son was more interested in trying
to perfect the shaka for the camera, but my little guy
wanted nothing to do with the jolly old man!" Note Santa's board
shorts. Priceless. Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on
winning the red Strider Balance Bike! Thank you to everyone who
sent their photos. We've really enjoyed them.
Simply send your "Bad Santa" photos (and we know everyone has at
least one Bad Santa photo) to email@example.com by Dec 17th to enter
These amazing moms share their birth stories. Click on the image
to view the online stories, from the
Holiday 2014 Issue.
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