Our phones aren’t usually far away, and that’s just the reality these days. I’m not here to shame anybody for excessive phone use — except my husband because, really, it’s getting ridiculous.
We use the camera to take pictures and videos of our kids doing cute/funny/weird things. We schedule doctors’ appointments in our calendar app. We dedicate some of the precious storage space to their dumb apps, like something on my phone right now called “Furby Connect World.”
But are you maximizing what your phone can do for you, as a parent?
I’m always hearing about parents who wake up at 5 a.m. in a panic and sneak into their child’s room to retrieve a lost tooth and do the cash drop — or, worse, those who forgot entirely and had to deal with a tearful kid who thinks the Tooth Fairy just didn’t want to bother.
We’re fairly new to the whole “losing teeth” thing, but when my son loses a tooth I immediately activate Siri to tell her an important message. “Siri,” I say excitedly into my iPhone. “Please remind me to stay out of the Tooth Fairy’s way around 9 p.m. tonight!” Then I tell the kids how I want to make sure I don’t disturb her while she’s working, in case it frightens her away. This alarm saves me, majorly, by reminding me to make the swap before I got to bed.