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Is Social Media Taking Time Away From Family?

October 26th, 2009 No comments
Time Slips Away

Time Slips Away

This question was asked in an NPR radio show a couple of weeks ago and really got me thinking.

The radio show had a couple of callers where the wife said that dad comes home and then hops on the computer.  When one of the sons pleads for dad’s attention, dad says “In a minute.”  An hour later, he emerges, but the son has gone on to something else.

Wow.  I’ve been guilty of this and see that Social Media and the internet really does take time away from the family.

This made me think about the message I’m sending the kids.  That mom & dad are always on the computer and ignores them when they want attention.  Talk about a message you don’t want to send.

At the same time, the urge to shop, get news, send Tweets, update friends on Facebook, etc. is so hard to pull out of.  As a mom with an internet-based company to run and grow, who relies heavily on social media and the internet, this battle for time is especially difficult.

I’m going to try to restrict my time on the computer so I can give the kids quality time, especially around dinnertime.  Will that do the trick?  Don’t know yet, but will be finding out.

How about you?  What do you think and what do you do?

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The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

October 13th, 2009 No comments

Custom Fit Nutrition

Custom Fit Nutrition

This is a guest article by Joy Supplee of Custom Fit Nutrition.

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We’re always hearing that we need to get more exercise but our busy schedules seem to get in the way.  Gym memberships can be a great motivator for some, but can be difficult to maintain over time.  And what about time with your family or significant other?

Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus

Here’s an idea to promote both a healthful lifestyle and time with your loved ones: consider purchasing a Wii Active or Fit system or even a used Play Station II system with Dance Dance Revolution for a lower cost option. These are video game systems that you can use for either personal workouts or fun physical games & competition with your loved ones.  And many video game stores will offer refurbished models at a lower price that even come with warranties.

It won’t matter what the weather looks like outside, you won’t have to drive anywhere and you will be spending quality time with your loved ones and having fun as well as improving your health!  How can you beat that?

KCSARC’s “Kids Are Our Business” Breakfast Fundraiser

February 11th, 2009 No comments

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) helps victims of sexual assault with free medical, counseling, and legal advocacy services.

This means that victims can get:

  • help figuring out what’s going on when they’re at the hospital getting checked,
  • counseling services for themselves,
  • counseling services for the parents and other family members,
  • legal advocacy where someone will step them through the court system, and actually be in court, to prosecute the offender so they don’t hurt others, if desired.

In order to provide these very needed services, they need to raise money.  Their annual “Kids Are Our Business” breakfast fundraiser is Tuesday, February 24th from 7am – 8:30am.  This is their largest annual fund raiser and accounts for 13% of their budget.  The breakfast/networking is free and they simply ask you to make a donation at the end.

With the economy as it is, they understand donations may be tight this year, but just attending the breakfast, becoming familiar with their mission, and being part of the energy to help others no matter what you can donate, would be a win for them.

As a board member, I think their services are invaluable for the community.  I invite you to join me at this breakfast – even at my table – to support our community and this organization.