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August 14, 2015

Apple-Babies and Toddler-Techs


Remember back when the entire village raised the child?  When free-range parenting was status quo, hard copy was relevant and after hours television was the greatest threat of bad influence on a youthful mind? 
Perhaps, growing up in the 80's really was "the best of times." Sure, we couldn't archive every single minute and we actually had to wait until Saturday morning to hear about Friday night, but there is something still very nostalgic about memories of opening weekends at movie theaters, compact discs, processed film and even the anticipation of a phone call from a new love.

Delayed gratification ruled the era and it definitely had an impact on parenting.  Even nicknaming me and my three sisters: "I want!", "I need!", "I gotta have!" and "I can't live without!" couldn't help my Dad persuade Toys 'R Us to open afterhours.  Now that I have my very own High Maintenance Toddler I'm beginning to think that child rearing in a digital millennium might take more than conventional mommy maneuvering.
The children of Baby Boomers, my sisters and I were raised by parents who believed in tough love, valued hard work and appreciated longevity.  Our family actually ate dinner sitting around a table and watched television together in the same room and even though mom and dad both worked outside the home, their work usually stayed at the office and weekends were often restricted for family fun.  Following the "be all that you can be!" mantra, many women of Generation X earnestly attended college, became professionals, have started their own businesses and as the mothers of Boomlet Babies several have lucratively coined themselves into "mompreneurs."

At the heart of the village has always sat the youngest member of the tribe and today’s tech toddlers indeed generate the rhythmic pulse of the market.  Having never known a world without cell phones or computers, they are not only savvy consumers cuing their aunts, mothers, teachers and other caregivers about the latest trends but their loyalty to us is absolute.  Many of today's modern women are fashionably outfitted in Bambiniware to meet their toddler bosses, where nurseries are the new boardrooms and high chairs are reserved for lead consultants.
A month after my son Max was born, Japanese carrier Willcom introduced the world's smallest cell phone and weighing just 32 grams, it was compact enough to fit into a baby’s back pocket.  In this is the age of Apple-Babies & Toddler-Techs, stimulating apps are as crucial to little kids as their midday naps.  Max received his My Own Leaptop even before his first birthday and now only 2 years-old, he can unlock Daddy’s iPad, log onto Skype to talk to his grandparents in Serbia and swipe away searching for DinoLingo, Fat Brain Toys, Hooplakidz, Sesame Street, Starfall and what seems like infinite domestic and international YouTube Channels featuring Play Doh molds and Skittles candy colors.

Coming of age in any era requires innovation and throughout time women have continually implemented creative techniques to reach their goals.  As detailed in the 1987 hit "Baby Boom", a woman really can have it all and a baby may very well be her smartest accessory. While my parents envisioned technology as requiring a learning process, I was lucky enough to experience the transition of written based knowledge into its current standard digital format and although family values may seem edited from time to time, the messages of motherhood remain the same and it is their longevity that helps me appreciate the journey.

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