buenos días, cómo estás?

Oh boy, do I love this duoLingo.  I’ve been working on my Spanish for over a month and reached the intermediate level – woo hoo! – which basically means I’ve graduated from apples and rice to present tense verbs.  My app tells me I’ve achieved 37% fluency, which may or may not be a slight exaggeration…I’m taking it as encouragement either way.

At 37% fluency I can regale captive blog readers friends with phrases like:

  • ¿Dónde está el baño?
  • Mi esposo es mono.
  • Como pollo y arroz.
  • Yo no corro.
  • Sí, me gusta tomar una cerveza, gracias.

I’m pretty good at colors, too.

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when you set a goal and God throws down

“When it comes to technology and the kids nothing promised is permanent, nothing is etched in stone.  We try something and if it works, great.  If not?  Well, we try something else…

Which brings us to our latest shift.  It seems even our best efforts can’t get the kids enough non-screen time altogether, so BrightSide came up with the radical idea of no screens on Sundays.  I’ll repeat that.  An entire day without technology.  None.  At all.  Every single week.”

The goal of Friday’s post, basically, was the hope that sending good thoughts out into the universe might bless us with a semi-peaceful attempt at living tech-free for a day.  I wasn’t looking for Ghandi-like enlightenment, just sixteen or so hours with limited squabbling.

Here’s how it went.

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technology trial and error

Life around here is one long experiment.  When it comes to technology and the kids nothing promised is permanent, nothing is etched in stone.  We try something and if it works, great.  If not?  Well, we try something else.

I’m sure the shifting ground rules irritate T-man and Bear, but it’s the best we can do.  And isn’t that the truth for parents everywhere?

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texts about porn are rarely good news

Yeah, it happens.  Kids + technology + the internet = the source of a thousand awkward conversations.

“It was after a night spent with family — the adults in one room and the seven- and eight-year-olds in another — when I received a series of texts that began with: “Anna and Ella were watching PORN!” Apparently they’d been using an unrestricted adult iPad to search the web for “kissing pranks.” If you aren’t familiar with Rule 34, now you know. Rule 34 was on and popping in this scenario.”

Suburban Snapshots: So, Your Kid Found Some Internet Porn

8 websites for a non-laboring Labor Day

Woo hoo!  We’ve come to the end of Labor Day weekend and once again, Riddle from the Middle wants to help you pass the time when you’re not, you know, laboring.

Carry on.

Name Combiner

Unhappy with the couple name you’ve come up with?  Doesn’t have the pop of Brangelina or Kimye?  This site helps you combine up to four names so you can be the hippest kid on the block.  So far me and my hubby can roll out with daura, laurug, or dora (not the explorer).  I’m still working on the hip factor.

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kids, technology, and a contract to save your sanity

Yes, we’re midway through summer, but I still think this is a worthwhile read for those of us dealing with kids and technology.

“I felt a wave of sadness.

Because I know that without constant monitoring, unplugging and resisting my kids’ desire for more technology, this could be us. And I’m guessing balance is probably a struggle for most families, too. I know some have simply stopped struggling against it and just given in. I get it.

We are in an unprecedented era of technology that none of us have ever experienced. And we really don’t know the effect it will have on our children.”

Hey Internet- Let’s Have an Honest Talk About Screens This Summer – Kristen Welch

5 ways to kill your lunch hour instead of your coworker

Now, for another edition of “I didn’t know I could find that on the internet.”  No, not the naughty stuff, get your mind out of the gutter.  Just a little fun to help waste pass the time. 

Scamper off, now, and check out some of these links to kick off your morning.  (Or afternoon, depending on your blog reading habits.  Oh, and thanks for visiting.)

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Damn You Auto Correct!  For all the times your phone auto corrects your texts to absolute nonsense.

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Scrolldit  Because who doesn’t love a site that sorts through all the crap on Reddit and highlights just the images people are sharing?  I sure do.

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Dilbert  Guaranteed laughs for anyone who’s ever worked an office job.  Because Dilbert.

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Passive-Aggressive Notes  For those of you who can appreciate the laugh behind digs and counter digs.

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There, I Fixed It  Bwahahahaha!  Now here are some fix-it jobs even I could have handled better.

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seriously? you cannot possibly think this plan is going to work

Last I heard Bear was aiming for professional basketball player or a brain surgeon when it comes to life goals.  Basketball.  Or surgery.

After I was fully supportive of my daughter’s ambitions I tactfully slipped in that she might want to consider becoming a lawyer.  What with her proclivity of arguing things into the ground and all.

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