DIG Insurance & Business Magazine Fall 2020 - Page 10


Technologies To Make Your Home And Kids Smarter


No more iPad !” yelled every parent , everywhere in the world . The technology , in itself , isn ’ t bad for our kids or for us . Rather , it ’ s often the way we use it inside our homes that can become problematic .

There will always be moments where you hand over your phone or tablet to your child because mommy / daddy need some “ me time .” Make these moments of relying on screens to babysit our kids the exception , rather than the norm . It will also lessen the screen guilt syndrome that parents often experience . While the peace and quiet is nice , parents often feel guilty when their kids turn into zombies after excessive screen time . Or , a child or teenager will throw a tantrum when you try to remove said device from their clutches .
There has to be a better way . So , to kick this year off , I experimented with a few technologies and incorporated them at home with my kids . We called it Operation : Smarter Home .
Through much trial and error , here are the three technological wonders that have helped improve my relationship with my daughters . While every household differs , and there are many more choices than the ones I mention , my hope is that this will help put the smart back into your home , too .