I’m going to go ahead and say it: I hate texting. Yes, I get the efficiency of it. And sure, it’s useful when you need to communicate direct information (i.e. Can you pick up milk at the store?) but I don’t like it.
I’ll admit it, I’m an awkward texter. I have never really learned the nuances of when to end a text chain, or if I’m required to respond. Emoticons are fun. But you know what is even better? Seeing the reaction on someone’s ACTUAL FACE when I convey news. Or HEARING the joy in someone’s voice when we talk on the phone.
I’m just as busy as the next person. I’ve mastered the art of talking on the phone and packing lunches, but how am I supposed to text and multitask? What about diction you might say? “You can speak your texts, so you are hands free!”. Or I could just pick up the phone and call the person so they can hear my VOICE say the exact same thing.
There are tons of studies about the effect devices have on socio-emotional health, but I’ll keep it simple. Every once in a while: pick up the phone!
Book of the Week: Eating the Rainbow from Star Bright Books
This was one of the first board books that my daughter really took to. It teaches children all about fruits, veggies and snacks by color. Especially as we were beginning to introduce foods, my daughter was able to make connections to her life. It gets bonus points in my book for featuring a diverse group of children.