For Christmas, Andrew (14) got a laptop. He wanted a tablet, but reading ahead to high school, we bit the bullet. He’s discovered Lynda.com, and dropped hints that led to a gift subscription. Armed with a laptop and Lynda’s unlimited knowledge, my son is brimming with ideas. If you’re a parent, you get just how exciting this is for me, without knowing anything about Andrew. He’s fourteen. Remember fourteen? Awkward, wanting to fit in, yet longing to stay true to yourself? Yeah. Here we are. We’ve watched him give up on activities that he’s been part of for years. We’ve seen his grades drop (and thankfully, recover.) The malaise that’s hung over our 8th grader was concerning, to say the least. Here it is, New Year’s Day, and Andrew is re-energized. He’s watched Lynda videos about creating a YouTube channel, and he has decided to create one himself. He researched the easiest (and cheapest!) approach for building and hosting a website. With just a little help from me, he’s off, building the look for his site, and thinking through a content calendar (even though he doesn’t realize that’s what he’s doing.) He’s got great ideas, and I’m reminding him, just as I remind myself, to start small and build. He’s taking in information like a sponge. I can’t wait to see what he does with all he’s learning! Stay tuned; I’ll post updates on how he’s doing.
This morning, I was in the Dunkin Drive thru, and realized my card had expired. I grab the new card, call the 800 number, and go thru each of the 19 steps to activate it. Family trivia, 16 digit speed typing, and magic number memory. All in lightning round form, AND pre-caffeinated! I EARNED this cup o’ Joe!
I’m ‘that mom.’ No, not the one who personalizes cookies, crafts and other special treats for the class (But, oh, how I loved that mom!) I’m the mom who offers to help set up group distribution lists and social sites, and automate forms for the class. The mom other moms always seemed to come to with questions about how they AND their kids used computers, social media, and cell phones. I know not everyone cares about this stuff. We can’t just pretend it doesn’t exist though. We have to know enough to keep ourselves and our families safe, and informed. And we have to learn all this while keeping up with our own careers, taking care of our families’ health, making sure our kids get into college, and keeping our pets fashionably dressed. (No pressure.) I’m here to help. We’ll talk technology, review apps, discuss benefits (and dangers) of the ‘interwebs.’ And we’ll share tips and tricks to help you and your family get more things done while online, and some great things you can do to make your offline life the best it can be too. I hope you’ll ride along with me. We’re gonna have a lot of fun!