This Week in Momspotting: Memes, Memes, Baby

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For the past few months, our 21 momspotters have been participating in BlogHer’s Family Connections citizen journalism project.

Why are we doing this? We're interested in how normal moms (or as normal as we bloggers can be) use technology to interact with their families and how moms protect their kids who are navigating a newly digital world.

The momspotters tweet a few times a day with the #momspotting hashtag about how they use technology in their day-to-day parenting lives and carry on rolicking conversations about everything from texting while driving to self-censorship in the Family Connections forum. We hope you'll join in, too! Just ask a question or comment in the forum or tweet with the #momspotting hashtag to participate.

This week, I asked the momspotters to answer a set of digital parenting questions (also known as a "meme"). The questions were:

  • Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on?
  • How many take-out restaurant numbers do you have programmed into your phone?
  • How many hours of television do you so totally not let your kids watch a week?
  • Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at playdates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville?
  • How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip?
  • What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day?
  • What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day?
  • What’s your favorite iPad joke?
  • What’s the dumbest parenting tool, gear, gadget or device you ever bought?
  • How many years will it take for your child to become more tech-savvy than you?

Here are some of my favorite responses from Shelly, Amy, Dwana, Lotus, Bonggamom, TW, DeeDee, Firemom, Loralee, Vodkamom, Jenny on the Spot, Mona, Renee and Fluid Pudding.

 

Adorable child courtesy of Firemom.

  • Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at playdates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville? “Liarville?” I don’t know anyone who lives in Washington D.C. (Shelly)

  • Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at playdates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville? I knew a guy who very self-righteously proclaimed to me that his teenaged daughters didn’t watch TV, but they sure watched a lot of DVDs and went to the movies. I’m not sure how this is “better,” unless by “better” you mean the special effects are cooler, violence more pervasive and the sex scenes more believable. (Amy)

  • Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on? My kiddo is a bit older (tween) but drools regularly on my netbook against my pleas! He also regularly drops his cell into the commode and dog's water bowl (yay). (Dwana)

  • How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip? Later we got the portable DVD player and that became the primary method of calming the insane toddler during long rides. Because, GOOD LORD. Sometimes you just want to jump out the window of a moving vehicle if you have to hear “WANT OUT, GO PLAYGROUND, SEE SEE SEE!!!” one.more.time. (Lotus)

  • What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day? If Alfie ever texted me that he'd had a "hard day," that term alone would provide fodder for many, many naughty texts. (Bonggamom)

  • What’s your favorite iPad joke? I was going to write my OWN joke that had something to do with how Momspotters NEED iPads, but then I cringed and made hot tea instead. You’re welcome. (Fluid Pudding)
  • Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on? Right now, our new HP Touchsmart Web Enabled Printer… maybe. I have always coveted one of those computerized espresso machines that are super expensive at Starbucks. (Though really … the Tassimo … my teens and young adults love, covet and pet it whenever they are home.) (TW)
  • What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day? Zero.  Why call when you can simply google The Plague.  And btw, my blog gets a fair number of hits whenever anyone googles “vomit.” I’m not sure what to make of that. (DeeDee)
  • What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day? Your wine is waiting. Or, your wine is waiting and the kids are asleep. Or, your wine is waiting and the kids are asleep and I bought us a hot tub and installed it while you were out and, you know, you look really sexy in that bathing suit of yours; I’ll be waiting. That said, the last option doesn’t fit in a text message so I can safely say that’s never going to happen. (Firemom)
  • How many years will it take for your child to become more tech-savvy than you? Yeah, they already are. I long for the days of the Nintendo with two buttons and some arrows. Sigh. (Loralee)
  • How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip? Zero. (Vodkamom)
  • What’s the dumbest parenting tool, gear, gadget or device you ever bought? One of those shopping cart covers. I get the idea, but I neither had the time nor patience. I found good old-fashioned PRAYER against the evil shopping cart germs seemed to work just fine, and also holy water, and also yelling “GET YOUR MOUTH OFFA THAT THING!”(Jenny on the Spot)
  • What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day? I've been pretty good about not calling my pediatrician excessively. I was most distraught the first weekend I had my son home from the hospital. And of course, my doctor was in the Bahamas. She told me to call anytime so I waited until the morning and called her on a Sunday to ask if my son was nursing enough. She called me within two hours and although I was very apologetic, things worked in my favor because she'd returned home early - the weather was terrible in the Bahamas. (Renee)

  • What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day?
    Anything. My husband doesn’t know how to text, so the minute he does, I will be squeeing like a little school girl. (Mona)

If you'd like to participate in the meme, please link your post in the LinkHer widget below. We'd love to see your responses! And as always, please share your digital parenting experiences by tweeting with the #momspotting hashtag or starting a thread in our Family Connections group.

Rita Arens writes at Surrender Dorothy and BlogHer and is the editor of Sleep is for the Weak. She is BlogHer's assignment and syndication editor.

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