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Digital parenting

The other day a 20-year-old dropped by for a visit.  This was not just anybody, but an adored babysitter who used to play with the kids close to daily before she went off to college.  But though we were thrilled … Continue reading

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  1. Heather –

    You bring up a real concern – today’s youth are being consumed by technology.

    When clients come into my treatment room I ask them to either turn their cell phones off or to switch them to vibrate. The deer-in-the-headlamps look on the teenaged faces would have you think I’m going to surgically remove it.

    Like you, I only blog once a week. Preferring to read, we have not had a television for over 32 years. And while we do have and enjoy technology, I limit my online time.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Fascinating – I wonder how many people will be treated for technology – social imbalances.

  2. I try to be a “last adopter” of all new technologies. I let all the young and tech savvy folks experiment, use, improve, and discard technologies before I venture into the abyss. I only use my cell phone for emergencies or while traveling and have never sent a text message, don’t have any music on an MP3 player (just a few e-audio books), still use my land line phone for 99% of my communication, and wouldn’t dream of electronic multitasking in the presence of another human being with whom I was interacting except for the aforesaid emergency situation.

    I fear for what humans are becoming in the face of all this electronic manipulation by businesses.


  3. Heather Shumaker says:

    A good strategy! Your fear is valid and I hope people keep alert with all these changes.

  4. Angie Lathrop says:

    Somehow my household has become a consumer electronics Mecca–there are ipads and ipods and phones and computers…and of course my own darling digital natives happily surfing their way through it, at least until I cut the power and send everyone outside…And don’t even ask them what they think about No Electricity Tuesdays. But the tech has made some very unexpected connections–the kids game in real-time with cousins using headsets if they can’t get together in person, my father and my three year old niece call me on Facetime relentlessly, and through Facebook I’ve connected in a meaningful way with cousins that I rarely see in person–and because of that I’ve got two (live, in-person family reunions that I’m planning for next summer at our farm.) However, the texting hasn’t taken hold here…lucky thing we have horrible cell service.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Yes, long-lost connections with cousins is certainly a boon. I like the sound of No Electricity Tuesdays! Do you stop writing then, too?

      • Angie Lathrop says:

        Writing is exempt from restrictions on No Electricity Tuesdays, as is The Big Bang Theory (which we watch as a family and use as a tool to teach the kids about..ahem..the facts of life.)

Time for vacation

I’ve been away for two weeks.  Not far.  Only about 15 minutes from home, but a world away at a lake cottage filled with cousins and grandparents.  On the lake there’s a canoe, rowboat and five loons.  When I wake … Continue reading

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  1. Heather – I enjoyed reading this post. The photograph is precious! I particularly resonated with your observation, “…being unreachable is vital sometimes.” Yes ma’am – you hit the nail squarely on the head! It’s key for ANYone, but critical for writers.

  2. It’s definitely harder to disconnect while on vacation because it’s so easy to stay connected, given that the internet is nearly ubiquitous. I disconnect at least once a year up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern MN. Lots of loons and other critters–moose, otters, eagles, deer, beaver, grouse, owls at night, the very rare encounter with a bear. Cell phones don’t work, plus it’s pure wilderness, no electricity, running water, conveniences, etc. You carry your gear on your back over portages between lakes, and paddle your way to your destination.

    The best feature in the BWCA is the near absolute quiet one can get on certain days and certain times. Occasionally the birds are still, no frogs or crickets talking, no wind, no other humans within miles of you, as quiet as is possible in the open air. Magical.

    Good luck with your book, Heather!

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Love the BWCAW! I lived up there one winter and canoed there a few times. Glad to hear you’re a fan, too, Chris. Thanks for the luck!