Being a mom in 2023 means having a device connecting you to the world, wherever you go. It isn’t all bad or all good – but it does impact our parenting lives at every turn. Join Kia and Jayme, moms of kids ages toddler to teen, as they chat about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being constantly connected – plus offer some tech-positive suggestions for managing smartphone use when things start to feel out of balance.
This past December I found myself in a spiral—obsessively checking app after app on a loop. I don’t even know why. It’s uncomfortable to admit, but it felt like I couldn’t stop. So, I made a plan in the final week of 2022, and this is what’s working for me (so far) in 2023.
In 2023, I want to have more space to think clearly and creatively. I want to be more efficient. I want to have more energy for myself and for my family. With this in mind, here’s what I’m going to focus on as I start the new year.
Before I had children, family movie night was one of those activities I dreamed of enjoying with my kids one day. What’s not to love about snuggling under blankets in the dark, eating popcorn, and laughing together? After becoming a mom, I learned there are a few things that are essential to making sure this supposed-to-be-fun activity is ACTUALLY pleasant for everyone. High-fives to all the moms out there, winging movie night and loving it. For our family, it turns out we need a few rules.
When to get kids their first cell phone brings up all kinds of questions: How do you know when your child is ready? How to talk to kids about safety? How to help kids develop a healthy relationship with their phone? Social Media? Phone etiquette? (The list goes on!) In today’s episode, Sarah welcomes back her friend Dr. Catherine Pearlman to talk about kids and technology–specifically the learning that happens when kids start to navigate their own personal devices, like phones. Today Catherine helps us navigate the new and murky waters of personal devices for our kids and answers some of your burning questions about first phones. Plus, stick around for a short conversation Sarah had with her own 9- and 12 year-olds about what THEY think about this topic!
What are Meagan and Sarah’s best tips for getting kids started with their first phone? And with a new school year right around the corner, a mom asks how to prepare her child for the first day of kindergarten and looks for some fun traditions to help celebrate back to school. The “bigger kids, bigger problems” stage arrives early for one listener’s family, and she looks for strategies for maintaining her mental health and other relationships while they navigate tough times. Lastly, a mom of bickering siblings sets us up for a lively discussion about whether it’s mom’s job to prevent kids developing a complex or identity stemming from their birth order and sibling roles. In addition to our own thoughts, we tap the wisdom of our contributors as we tackle your listener questions in Episode 375.