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Should You Get Your 8 Year old Child a Cell Phone?

should an 8yr have a cell phoneI am SHOCKED at parents who don’t think. They follow along with the cultural dictates and create in their children stunted psychological growth, entitlement attitudes, and the perpetuation of childish behaviors. And yes it is difficult to see this because 97% of other parents are creating the same thing in 97% of our children. When the majority of us are doing the SAME thing we are like the Blind leading the Blind.

For example, cell phones; when your 8 year old child is begging for a cell phone because the majority of kids in class have one you don’t have to succumb to that request!

Parents tell me, “Well it’s dangerous out there and they aren’t always with me my 8yr old needs to have a cell phone.” As a mother of 5 children who travels (sometimes with my children, sometimes not) I TOTALLY understand this. But when you hand your 8year old a cell phone its not going to be used JUST to stay connected to you. The cell phone is so much more than a phone.

  • It’s a powerful telecommunication tool- to the WORLD!
  • It’s a hand-held computer.
  • It’s a digital distractor.
  • It’s a camera.
  • It’s a video camera

Here are some things to consider before you fall prey to the cultural norms and give your 8 year old a cell phone.

number1If your child is under 11 your child should ALWAYS BE WITH AN ADULT and most adults have cell phones. If your child needs to get in touch with you tell them to use an adult’s phone. I used this method even with my teenager who told me, “EVERYONE has a cell phone” Cool, if everyone has one then it won’t be difficult for you to make a call when you need to.

number2If you MUST get a cell phone for your child consider getting one with simple talk and text abilities. We got one from Walmart 4 years ago and I put $25 on it every month. I can text them and talk to them whenever I want but they can’t surf the internet. Consequently, it’s one less thing I have to monitor.

number3When you give your teenager a phone let your teenager know that it is YOUR phone (since you pay the bills) and therefore you will check it whenever YOU want to.

 

number4Make them leave it in a different room at night so they aren’t up texting all night (and only God knows what they are watching). The statistics are showing dire consequences on our children’s attention span, sleep patterns and grades due to late night cell phone usage.  Why does an 8 year old need to sleep with the cell phone in her room? Or a 12 yr old? Or a 17 year old?

number5Put every kind of blocker that you can onto the phone for the sake of their innocence. Mothers say to me, “Well I want my child to know that I trust him/her.” Beautiful!

But you don’t give them instant access to porn & perverts via Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc., in the name of “I trust you”. That stuff is designed to hold the eye!!

Even I, a grown woman am taken in by this stuff! For example: I was looking at a person’s professional profile on Instagram the other day;

“People actually DO THAT? WAIT a minute…WHAT? Hang on! I have to see that again! But HOW…? Wait…show that again? OMG! People do THAT? NO WAY! Wait…”

Yes, it is now indelibly etched into my eyeballs!

Don’t expose your child to the twisted, degenerate, perverted actions of sick, warped, deviant people in the name of, “I trust you.” It’s not fair to your child. Think about it, If grown, morally righteous, married men & women fall prey then expect the same for your 8 yr old child if given a cell phone.

#6If your child can’t keep up with house keys or his book bag or her homework, don’t expect them to keep up with a cell phone. And definitely not the $300 one. Again consider the cheap, simple prepay ones from Wal-Mart.

 

This is getting longer than I had planned so I’ll stop here. Parent’s please THINK before you follow along with society. What you do with your children influences others and has an influence for generations. We truly are all connected.

It’s not necessary to give an 8 yr old child a cell phone or a 9yr or 10 and probably not even a 13yr. IMHO

Pinterest-Another Time Waster

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In this series on time management I want to address the newest social media addiction: Pinterest. What is Pinterest you ask? I asked the same thing! I have been hearing people talk about Pinterest, I’ve seen requests for invitations on Facebook, I’ve received invitations from friends for me to join them on Pinterest; but I’ve kept my nose to the grindstone and ignored it all.

However, my cousin and I took our husbands and children to the beach last week and I notice her conversation was often peppered with the phrase “Pinterest”. She is a very conservative, level-headed, busy  mother of 4 who is a respected RN. To  hear her continually speak about this website with the same loving tones that she uses when speaking about her children was very disturbing. I asked her, “what’s up with that?!”

She confessed to me that she stays up late hours of the night “pinning things” on her boards. She cuddles in the bed with her phone because of her Pinterest app! She talked about the nurses gathering at the nurses station eyeballing each others phones oooing and ahhhing over each other’s boards while code blues and DOAs pile up in the back rooms. (Italics added by my imagination.)

I said that I would check it out but she said, in whispered tones, “No, you have to be invited.”

OooLa La! What a great marketing technique! It really stirs the pot of desire –if I were a sucker!

So I told her to send me an invitation. And this woman who goes to sleep with Pinterest and hides out in the broom closet at work making out with Pinterest, who holds Pinterest in her hand more than she holds her husband’s….ahem, THIS WOMAN said she DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SEND AN INVITATION!

But realizing this gave her a great excuse to disappear into a dark room to “discover” how.

She re-appeared 35 min later with a goofy, satisfied grin still no wiser but 200 more repins! WTFreak?

For me, THAT stirred the pot of desire more then anything! What the heck is this that has my ultra-conservative cousin so…addicted?! What kinda virtual crack was she doing?!

I texted a friend to send me an invitation. She did with this message: “Beware it’s very addictive. You have been warned.” WTFreak?

So what is Pinterest? It’s a place to bookmark pictures that you see on the net. It’s that simple. Yes it’s prettier than bookmarking on your computer. And yes it’s more social because you can see what others have bookmarked pinned. But it’s really just another social bookmarking network.

I have to say it’s not very friendly either. No wonder my cousin didn’t know how to send an invitation. When I accepted my friend’s invitation, her boards didn’t show up but 20 other “people to follow” did.  Who are these people and how do they get to be on the front page of my invitation. I stumbled around for a few minutes and guessed that I needed to click on someone if I wanted to get in. So I did.

None of their stuff interested me, but I clicked around anyway wasting a good 45-50 min. It was several days later before I went back.

When I went back to my Pinterest account I was glad to see that they kept me signed in. Later I noticed that on the left hand side was a listing of my previous actions on Pinterest and saw my girlfriends name. So I WAS following her. I clicked on her stuff and recognized a couple of mutual friends. I clicked on their stuff. Which exposed me to more things to click on and look at. Which opened the door for me to see other’s people’s boards and their stuff. I created some boards, liked some things and commented on others.

BIG WHOOP! This time I was smart enough to go to Pinterest while listening to a teleseminar. By multi-tasking I justified the 60min on the site.

Maybe I’ll find some time to play around with  Pinterest a bit more.  At this point they are receiving 11 million visits a week, there has to be a way to utilize that traffic. Once I figure it out I’ll rewrite a blog post. But as of now I would not recommend it to women who are really serious about growing their businesses. Unless your product is visually attractive (like you are a Foodie, Photographer, Fashion Designer or Artist of some type) it’s a complete waste of your time.

Why? The purpose of social media is to interact with a community of people and to provide your expertise  that will help their life in some way or another. They will in turn get to know, like and trust you. This doubles your chance of converting them into customers or joint venture partners. If the social media platform doesn’t allow you to do that then you are wasting your time

And come on momprenuers, not only are we marketing our businesses  but we are also overseeing the children; our  all-seeing eyes monitor kids computer screens, text messages, email accounts and Facebook pages; do we really have time to sit clicking through other people’s photos liking and repinning?

If you want me to send you an invitation so that you can check it out yourself go here to and leave your email address. But beware, it’s a time waster. You have been warned.

Let me know if you’ve found Pinterest to be beneficial to you and your business relationships. Is it a time vacuum for you too? How have you used it for business?

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Video-LinkedIn Strategies

Many of my clients don’t have a LinkedIn profile and so introduce them to it for the first time, therefore I’m always expanding my knowledge on how to use it. I found this video on Free Webinar Wednesdays. It’s so great I just FB it an Tweeted and I’m going over to Bernie Borges and join his $5 membership program. It’s an hour long so open your Linked In profile and have paper and pencil ready!

Here are some of the key topics and techniques that are discussed.

  • Leveraging a Robust LinkedIn profile.
  • Prospecting Strategies That Work.
  • The Importance of Expanding Your Network.
  • Advanced Networking Techniques.
  • How to accessorize your LinkedIn profile for maximum sales potential.
  • How to make influential connections that can produce sales opportunities.
  • How to do sales prospecting using “company” and “profile” mining strategies.

Free Webinar Wednesdays – Using LinkedIn for Sales Professionals with Bernie Borges from Eric Cook on Vimeo.

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Networking on LinkedIn-5 Simple Strategies

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As a mompreneur my time is limited. Homeschooling during the day and chauffeuring the kids in the evenings  slows down my ability to do face-to-face, real time networking. I must use my time wisely. One day it occurred to me that I’ve gotten several clients from LinkedIn but very few from Facebook. So I’ve had to ask myself, “why am I hanging out on FB?”  Well, my family and (real) friends are there, but they are not hiring me to speak for them or coach them. I decided to learn more about LinkedIn and how to leverage it’s power so that my social media networking time is effective.

Here are 5 simple networking strategies to use on LinkedIn.

1. Complete your profile AND USE A PICTURE!– If you were to go to a networking event you wouldn’t walk in without cards and place a bag over you face would you. You’re there to be seen and to tell others who you are. The same concept applies to LinkedIn.

2. Join relevant groups and post comments-just setting up a profile is akin to going to a networking event and standing on the wall. You have to get off the wall and mingle right? The groups allows you to mingle with people of common interests, experiences, affiliations, and goals. Make sure your comments are relevant and add value. In real life you wouldn’t walk up to a group of people and shout out, “buy my stuff now!” would you?  No, you would contribute meaningfully; but on LinkedIn you can do something that you can’t do in real life; you can finish your conversation with a signature tag that has your website’s address. Oh Yeah! Once you stimulate their minds with your wise comment, suggestion, hyperlinked recommendation then they are left wondering, “wow, who is this?” Your signature makes it easily convenient for them to find out!

BTW, I would love it if you joined my group, I’m The Boss of Me .

3. Add applications to your profile-LinkedIn has 18 different apps that you can upload to your page. This will allow you to collaborate and share with your network and it helps your page to be a little more interesting.  With these apps you can display your portfolio, upcoming events, reading lists, blog posts, powerpoint presentations and much more.  To locate it look at the navigation bar across the top, there’s the tab “more” , it will dropdown and there you’ll see the choice of “get more applications”. 

4. Give and ask for recommendations-This helps to establish trust for your services. The great thing about LinkedIn is that you can be recommended for work that you did 10years ago (if you can find a person who remembers). Make sure when you send out a recommendation that it sounds sincere.

5. Follow strategically -For sure you want to connect with friends and past colleagues but think about who you want to work with and follow them as well. You’ll meet them in groups or do a search (within LinkedIn) of your target market. You can even follow companies and receive their updates!

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool, especially for us momprenuers who can’t get out much! Here are some LinkedIn facts:

  • LinkedIn started out in the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002; the site launched May 2003
  • As of June 30, 2011 (the end of the second quarter), professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate that is faster than two new members per second.
  • As of August 2011, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
  • More than half of LinkedIn members are currently located outside of the United States.
  • As of June 30, 2011 (the end of the second quarter), LinkedIn counts executives from all 2011 Fortune 500 companies as members; its corporate hiring solutions are used by 75 of the Fortune 100 companies.
  • More than 2 million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages.

So if you’re looking for a career change or clients this is the place to network! Now go and get LinkedIn! Make sure you join my network!

 

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About.Me-The New Thing in Social Media

My friend & collegue Janet Slack just informed me about the new thing on the social media horizon. I think that that every mompreneur needs to consider it.

About.me is a service that allows you to have a powerful virtual business card online. For mompreneurs who are using social media, it gives you a place to pull all your information together in one spot. For those who are not using social media, About.me gives you a location online to establish your presence. This “Splash” page is about personal branding rather than collecting connections to other people like other social media sites. It is a powerful branding tool that will be increasingly popular in the next several years.

About.me opened to the public in mid-December so it is likely that you will be able to reserve your own name there. When you do, you will get a URL that you can use as your online business card. Mine is http://about.me/Lady.T. Once you register, you simply add a photograph, a brief bio and connections to any websites, blog or social media profiles that you have. The setup process is so simple that I was able to set up my page in about 30 min but I played around for another 30 min more. LOL!

An important feature of the site is analytics that allow you to know how many people viewed your About.me page. Details include where the traffic came from and what they do while on your page. All this is currently free but I expect a premium version to be available for a fee in the future. For now, click over to About.me, reserve your own name and look around to see the amazing pages many have created.

Check out my about.me profile!