Can You Please Stop Looking at Your Phone?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I just got together with a relatively new friend for a playdate. Our kids got along great, but she was constantly on her phone. When did it become okay to have a conversation while looking at your phone? I wanted to say something but thought she might get offended. Any advice?...more
As a hard-core introvert, I actually have a different view on this, and sympathy for the mother ...more

6 Insanely Useful Tips for Running a Webinar

Don’t you hate when things don’t turn out as expected? The dress you bought online is way too small.The pricey restaurant you ate at served mediocre food.Your airplane was delayed two hours.The webinar that you attended didn’t deliver on what was promised. Umm….What??!! Yeah, you read that right…...more

Wake Up People - Facebook Messenger Isn't Reinventing The Wheel!

It was a typical morning, I opened up Facebook and what do I see?  Well, a newly gone viral article talking about Facebook's Messenger App and how appalling the Terms of Service are for it.  So, since it was posted on Huntington Post, I decided it must be worth reading and gave it a shot.  I admit, as I read through it the first time I was a bit taken back....more

When Parenting Fails Become Miraculous Moments

My husband and I are "those people" with their cell phones constantly in hand. Once I came to that realization, I tried to implement some boundaries with cell phone usage at home, especially when our little one is around - so as to avoid having regular parenting fails.No phones are allowed during meal time and bed/story time. I'm trying to scale it back even further, but I admit that it's not easy!...more

Another reason to reduce screen time

On Fridays I let my son take his LeapPad to school with him so that he can play it in the afternoons. This is the compromise I've come up with as the school shows movies on Friday afternoons. I normally would not have a problem with movie time, except that the school often shows movies that are PG and not appropriate for my son to watch....more
I can't believe the daycare shows PG movies. It's ironic because the rating means parental ...more

5 reasons I still use my VCR

5 reasons I still use my VCR1. It is still operational.  I bought this lovely machiene in 1998 to take with me to college.  I used it in college, and then it lay dormat in my parents basement until I got married and moved into my own house.  My parents told me to take it or they were throwing it out.  I took it. ...more

What Don't You Know?

What Don’t You Know?We have a pinwheel as our logo at Tykester.com. It is a cheerful symbol – a bit whimsical. Makes me happy to look at it, since it conjures up playful and simpler times.Some days, my life seems to be blowing by like the blades of a pinwheel. Faster, faster, faster – and I have the feeling I’m not keeping up.Remember when you thought you knew it all? I swear there was a time when I was convinced you couldn’t teach me anything new....more

The Worst Blogger Ever

I just discovered the hardest part of starting a blog:  explaining to your mother how to log onto that blog.  Oh wait.  I forgot that she doesn’t want her name mentioned so we’ll just call her Marjorie.  Let me give you a taste of what it was like trying to help Marjorie find BlogHer.    Marjorie:  I tried to find your blog but it wasn’t on Blog.com.Me:  That’s because I am on BlogHer.com not Blog.com...more
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Do Gadgets Help Kids?

There are a few universal expressions that every parent has uttered since the dawn of time. “Boy, they sure grow up fast,” is likely a contender for the number one spot for parents of older children. On the other end of the spectrum (ie. parents of young children), it's likely, "things were a lot simpler back when I was a child."...more

Millennial Adaptability Heightened by Rapid Technological Change

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comLife is never stagnate. I don’t know if it’s karma or just the way energy was meant to flow in this world, but if I have learned anything in 24 years of life, it’s that life will always throw you a curve ball. The second you feel most comfortable and secure is the moment to be wary. Life loves to pull the rug out from under those enjoying contentment....more
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