Category Archives: moms

The spring rush hour

Spring isn’t only for spring cleaning.

For parents, there’s also a need to shop. Really! A shopping spree will typically include buying for Easter, Father’s Day, graduation and end of school.

Moms don’t only shop for sisters, grandmothers, mothers-in-laws, etc. on Mother’s Day, but also for themselves. Actually, researchers tell us most Mother’s Day gifts are purchased by moms.

Surprised? (Not really.)

Snowplow parenting

The recent college admission bribery scandal has generated at least one new term: snowplow parents.

This is being defined as moms and dads who clear out everything standing in their child’s path to success. Some observers say it’s obsessive helicopter parenting, or extreme monitoring.

Parents have always had to draw a fine line between helping a child and helping a child too much. The ongoing media commentary is continuing to profile snowplow parents who rob children of learning how to solve problems and develop adult skills.

Perhaps all this attention will trigger some moms and dads to look more closely at where they draw that line.

Mom gamers

Moms who are gamers is a new initiative on the diversity front.

Networks that encourage women in the gaming industry to share their experiences are helping to even the playing field among parents.

Girls and boys who grow up as gamers might not understand that a concerted effort has been needed to insure gender diversity for their moms.

Move over, Mom

Mom bloggers have dominated headlines and captured the attention of bargain shoppers, but dads, especially millennial dads, are crashing into the online parenting space.

Recent research indicates that more than half of dads say they are better fathers because of what they’ve learned through social media.

Dads are still faster than moms at adopting new tech, but perhaps those stats will flip in today’s fast-changing world.

Nostalgic deep dives

A growing number of parents are searching for a sense of continuity.

The newest reflection of the trend to look backwards goes beyond watching favorite, long ago kids TV shows on You Tube or celebrating friendship anniversaries via Facebook.

What really helps parents feel like a kid again? Pumping on a swing, scrambling up a jungle gym and skipping stones in a park lake.

Enter: playgrounds for adults. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a bit of wholesome fun today?

Tech at every step

Parents have been quick to embrace the multiple forms of digital tech, designed to accompany moms and dads through every stage of their journey.

From fertility tracking before conception to prenatal communication devices in pregnancy to apps that connect new moms, tech is a click away.

Robots and personal assistants are the latest digital additions. Designed to help parents supervise children from adjacent rooms to answering parenting questions, data delivery is increasingly personalized. However, privacy is the issue that looms like a dark shadow.

Smart speakers, smart families

Moms and dads are using voice-activated speakers to help them parent.

Researchers say parents use smart speakers to make lists, manage the family calendar, check sports scores and search for information about local sites.

But smart speakers also fit into the daily routine for kids: they like listening to music and asking to hear jokes.

Sounds like kids already see the benefits of a digital assistant!