Dear Student Moms

Dear Student Moms,

In the world of Stay At Home Moms and Working Moms you are often forgotten about. You somehow get lost in the shuffle and people forget just how hard working and amazing you really are.

First of all, I want to tell you that I am really proud of you. What you are doing is not easy and it comes with a lot of sacrifices that you probably had to make along the way. But, those sacrifices are worth it. It may mean short term difficulties, but you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of success.

Student moms have the most difficult schedules I have ever seen. How do you ladies do it? You are all superstars that deserve a trophy of achievement! You go to school all day, come home and spend as much time as you can with your children and then once they are in bed you study for tests, write papers, work on assignments and complete research for projects. I am sure that you get less than eight hours of sleep per night but you never complain about it because you are grateful for the opportunity you have.

As if all of that isn’t hard enough, a lot of you work part-time jobs, too. You already worked all week by going to school and taking care of children and doing homework in the evening. I know how exhausting it can be to work all week and have very little ‘me-time’ in the evenings. Yet despite that, you work part-time on the weekends or wherever else you can squeeze in a shift. How do you do that? Where do you find the time and energy? You are clearly a wizard in time management and could definitely give me a lesson in it.

I know that some of you work part-time because it is financially necessary, and I know that has to be tough. A lot of you are trying to manage a household, pay tuition, pay daycare costs and still have enough left over to be able to treat your kids now and then. And some of you are doing it completely on your own, as single mothers. You are truly the most amazing women I have ever met. Thank you for being such a wonderful example and showing single moms everywhere that you can create a better life for yourself.

Being a student mom can sometimes mean that you do and go without. It might mean you can’t afford to get your hair cut at a salon, or it might mean that you can’t go on summer vacations with your kids. It might mean you haven’t bought yourself new clothes in six months or maybe it means that you have to budget extremely carefully when it comes to groceries. Whatever the case may be, please know that these sacrifices are worth it. You are paving the road to your future and success and education go hand in hand. Please know that it won’t always be this hard and you won’t always have to make this many sacrifices.

I am sure there are days or weeks where you want to give up. I am sure you get overwhelmed, tired and frustrated by your workload and tight budget. But in those times, remember this. You are setting an amazing example for your children. You are teaching them that they can do anything they set their minds and hearts on and that hard work is tough, but it also comes with really big rewards. You are teaching your children that education is the key to success and that education can take you places that you only ever dreamed of.

Student Moms, hang in there. Please know that I am so extremely proud of you and I truly hope you are equally as proud of yourselves. What you are doing is extraordinary and is an achievement that you will get to carry with you for the rest of your life. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve always imagined!

With all of my love and respect,

Katie

Sanctimommy and car seats

A friend of mine has an online facebook group for moms. She was running a contest in which she asked people to submit their favorite Fall/Winter pictures of their children. I looked quickly through my phone and found one that I adore of Charlotte that was taken last Winter. Here it is:

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I see nothing wrong with this picture. Just an adorable baby sitting in a shopping cart at Target. I didn’t think anything of it when I posted it and went about my business for the rest of the evening. As I was getting ready for bed, I noticed some notifications on my phone. I checked to see what the fuss was all about and I saw some comments under my picture that read:

This picture makes me very sad because if this baby were in an accident, they would be seriously injured at best.”

And

“Hopefully they took her coat off before they put her in the car  “

Comments like this are exactly why I refuse to post pictures of my daughter in a car seat on Facebook. Thanks, sanctimommies.

First of all, I want to explain that 1) my daughter was in a shopping cart. 2) I am aware she was buckled incorrectly; however, she was indoors and I would never place her in a car like that. 3) Yes, she was wearing a coat because she was freezing. She was lifted out of her car seat, her coat was put on and then she was placed back in the car seat and loosely buckled while sitting in the cart. I really shouldn’t even have to be explaining the situation, but when ‘perfect parents’ make those types of comments, I feel defensive and the need and desire to explain the situation becomes increasingly important.

What infuriates me about the comments is that the people who wrote them had no idea what was going on. Instead of looking at the picture and saying my daughter was cute, they (for some reason) felt the need to judge my parenting. What is even more frustrating; is that they didn’t know the situation or circumstances. They decided to highlight the flaws and essentially ruin what is one of my most favorite pictures of my daughter. All because they felt the need to point out my parenting mistakes to make themselves look superior as moms. One even claimed that she was a serious car seat safety advocate. That’s wonderful and good for her but if she was as concerned as she claimed to be, the appropriate thing to do would be to send me a private message with her concerns, instead of publicly shaming me for a picture that I posted of MY CHILD.

Here’s the thing about other people’s children and parenting styles: It’s none of your business. At all. You don’t need to worry about how anyone else is parenting their children. And you especially can’t judge parenting based on a picture because YOU DON’T KNOW.

You don’t know from looking at a picture if a child is drinking breastmilk or formula. You don’t know from looking at a picture if a child is a poor eater because they are having candy. You don’t know from looking at a picture if a child is a healthy eater because they are munching on a carrot. And you don’t know from looking at a picture if a parent is uninvolved because they were ‘caught’ on their iPhone during picture time.

Get that?

YOU. DON’T. KNOW.

So here’s a thought. Appreciate the picture for what it is. A child having a snack, a parent having a moment to themselves. A picture of an adorable baby in a shopping cart at Target.

You know what would be awesome? If we all just supported each other. If we worried less about how someone else was parenting and worried more about ourselves and our children. Maybe then these mommy wars would stop.

But let’s be realistic, they won’t. At least it makes for a blog post on a week where I’m having writers block, which also gave me an excuse to have a glass of wine.

Thanks, sanctimommies!!

I support you

Mothers can face a lot of judgment from society. We are judged from the moment we get pregnant and that judgment pretty much is present for the duration of our child’s life. The judgment can come from family, friends and society in general. And it can often be harsh. I recently heard an elderly woman in a department store judge a mother for letting her small child eat some candy. Maybe the child was really well-behaved all day and that was a reward. Maybe the child was hungry and that was the only snack the mother had. Or maybe the child asked for candy and the mom said yes because she was too tired to argue. Whatever the case was, it doesn’t matter. It was that mother’s decision and was no one else’s business.

I want all of my mommy friends to know that I support you. In everything you do. Because only you know what is best for you and your child. No one else has any business thinking otherwise.

Did you get pregnant through fertility treatments or IVF? Congratulations! I support you. Did you get pregnant without really even having to try? Congratulations! I support you.

Did you have a natural birth? You must have an incredible tolerance for pain and I support you. If you decided to have an epidural , that’s fantastic (I did!) and I support you.

Were you able to exclusively breastfeed your baby? That’s awesome, I support you. Did you formula feed or do a combination of the two? That’s awesome too and I support you.

Did you and your baby co-sleep? That’s fantastic and it must have worked for you. I support you. Did you have to do the cry it out method? That must have been tough, but I support you.

Did you take away your baby’s pacifier at a really young age? I support you. Does your three year old still use a pacifier? Who cares! I support you.

Did you choose to end your maternity leave early and go back to work before it was up? Good for you mama, I support you. Did you decide after your maternity leave was over that you were going to become a stay at home mom? That must have been a really tough decision and I support you.

Did you feed your baby only homemade and organic baby food? That is wonderful that you did that, I support you. Did you decide that you’d prefer to buy your baby food? That’s great too and I support you.

Did you have to make some really difficult relationship choices that left you as a single parent? That’s tough (I know), but I support you. Or maybe you were able to find strength in your relationship and a new baby brought your closer together? That’s awesome news and I support you.

Did you allow your child to watch TV before age of 2? I did and I support you. Did you stand your ground and not allowed screen time before 2 years old? That’s your decision and I support you.

Did you potty train really early and have your kid out of diapers before they could speak in sentences? That’s a big accomplishment and I support you. Did you potty train late and your little one wasn’t fully there till they were 4 years old? Big deal, I support you.

Are you a helicopter parents and can’t let your child out of your sight? That’s okay, you’re allowed to be protective and I support you. Are you a free-range parent who lets their child explore the world at their own pace? That’s wonderful too and I support you.

Did you decide to send your children to public school? I support you. Maybe you are sending them to private school. I support you. Maybe you are homeschooling and that is what is working best for you. I support you.

Mothers of the world, it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do. And it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. No one knows your situation or circumstances any better than you do. You know what is right. You know what is working, and you know what your child does and does not need.  As long as you are raising healthy, happy and well-adjusted children then you are doing everything right. And I support you.

Mothers of Syria; I am so sorry

Mothers of Syria; I am so sorry.

I am sorry that you are going through what is understandably one of the worst times of your life. I cannot imagine your circumstances. I have never in my life wondered about where I could find safe shelter, where my next meal was going to come from, where I was going to go to sleep that night or if I would live to see the next day. And I have definitely never had those fears for my daughter.

I have lived a very sheltered life. I have never known homelessness or legitimate fear for my life. I have never seen people roam the streets of where I live with guns and weapons. And I have never witnessed another person die in front of me.

I remember once in university, a professor said “you’ve all won the lottery of life by being born in Canada.” I didn’t fully understand at 18 years old what he meant by that, but I do now. I hurt for you. I am sad for you. It must be the most helpless feeling in the world to not be able to provide a safe environment for your children.

What makes me ever sadder is how some people don’t want to help. I’ve seen ignorant comments from people online, who say that it’s your mess and not theirs. They think that you’re going to come to our country and somehow take from them.  But I don’t see it that way. I know you didn’t ask to be born into a country that is in turmoil. And I know you didn’t ask for your children to have to see such horrors at such a young age. I know you didn’t ask for your babies’ innocence to be taken away from them because of war. And I know that you wish like crazy that you could somehow close your eyes and make it all disappear. You just want to live somewhere safe and peaceful. I get that, I really do.

When you come to Canada, prove those people wrong. Show them that you aren’t here to take away or to try to change things. Instead, show them what you have to offer, what you have to give. Teach us about your culture, tell us your stories, and share your courage. Let Canada and the world know that the Muslim culture is not about violence and that you are able to co-exist peacefully with non-Muslims. Show us all what strong and resilient people you are.

I want you to know that I am just one person, but I am a person who believes in change. I will sign every petition, write as many emails as I can and do everything in my power to make sure you and your families have somewhere safe to go. I don’t see you as Muslim or Middle Eastern or terrorists or anything else. The only thing I see you as is another human. Another mother. A mother who is in a really bad situation and desperately needs help, from someone…from anyone.

I will welcome you to my community with open arms. I will help you in any way I can. I will reach out to you and do anything I can to make sure you feel safe and at peace. I will embrace you and your family and help you navigate your way through these very hard times.

Why? Because you’re human. Because you deserve to live somewhere safe. You deserve to have peace and harmony in your life. You deserve human rights. From one human to another, and from one mother to another, I want you to know that I am so sorry for what you are going through. And if there’s anything I can do, I’ll do it. Because human rights should be for everyone. Always.

Dear Working Moms

Dear Working Moms,

I am one of you. I am one of the moms who gets up every day and then gets ready for work and has to kiss her baby goodbye as someone else cares for her. I know how much it can suck at times and I know there are days where you would give anything to stay home and play with your kids.

I know that you have days where you really start to question yourself and wonder ‘am I doing the right thing?’  I also know that there are days when after you pay your daycare bills and working expenses, you wonder if you are even getting ahead. And I know there are days when you look into your child’s face as you leave for work, and wish like crazy that it could somehow be different.

I am a working mom who works out of necessity. As a single mom, my income is the only income that my daughter and I have to live off of. Without my income, we would have nothing. Not working is not an option for me. There are times when I wish that I could stay home, but I am also proud of the example that I am setting for my daughter by going to work each day.

I know that all working moms work for different reasons. Maybe you’re like me and you’re a single mom who has to work. Maybe being a Stay At Home Mom was too overwhelming for you and you needed to go back to work for your sanity. Maybe you love your job and have worked really hard to get where you’re at and didn’t want to give it up. I get it, I really do. We all have our reasons for going to work, just like Stay At Home Moms have their reasons for staying at home. And I want you to know that whatever your  reason is you don’t have to justify it. Not to me, not to your family or friends and not to society. You are doing what works best for you and your family.

Working moms, I know that it is hectic. After working all day and going to meetings and crunching numbers and answering emails, it’s understandable that you just want to go home and relax. But most of us don’t get this luxury. We have to make supper, take kids to swim lessons and soccer practice, help with homework and do laundry. We try to spend a few hours relaxing after the kids go to bed, but most of the time we are so tired that all we can do is lay on the couch, watch TV and make a mental list of all of the things we didn’t accomplish at work today that need to be done tomorrow.

I also know how tough it can be to have to go to work on only three hours of sleep. But you don’t complain about it. Instead, you go to work, drink your coffee and crunch your numbers and answer emails and problem solve all day long. I know that you wish you could be at home so that at least you could power nap while the kids nap. But you can’t. You wish so badly some days that you could be home with your babies, but you have your reasons for being at work and those reasons are what gets you through the day.

I also know the guilt. The guilt of not being there. The guilt of someone else spending more waking hours with your child than you do. That mommy guilt is huge and can hit at the worst possible times. It can hit you during a meeting, while giving a presentation or speaking with clients/customers. Your child’s sweet little face creeps into your mind and you have to work really hard to think about something else, so that the guilt doesn’t completely overcome you. I get that, Working Mom’s. I understand that guilt completely because I feel it almost every single day.

Here’s the thing about that guilt though; it eventually lessens and even though you still feel it, you can soften the blow by reminding yourself of a few things. You are teaching your child about hard work. You are teaching your child about earning money. And you are setting an amazing example. You are showing your babies that a mom CAN work outside of the home and STILL be a super mom.  You are exhibiting strength, perseverance, dedication, commitment, determination and endurance. These are amazing qualities that your child is learning by seeing – and they are seeing it all in you.

So hang in there, Working Moms. I understand how you feel and I know it can be tough. But you are doing what you need to do for you and your family. It may not always be easy, but it’s always worth it. And that is extraordinary.

Love,

Katie

Dear Stay At Home Moms

Dear Stay At Home Moms,

You are amazing. Has anyone ever told you that? You have one of the most important jobs in the world but at times it can also be one of the most underappreciated jobs in the world. I want you to know that I appreciate you, value you and admire you. Because what you do is so very important.

I am not a stay at home mom. I am a work-away-from-the-home mom. I was a stay at home mom for a brief period, but after my maternity leave was over I went back to work. In some ways, I was sad to go back to work because it meant leaving my baby, but in other ways I was glad because it meant that I got to go back to what I knew, what I was good at, the familiar.

I’m not saying I was a terrible SAHM, because I wasn’t. I did the job to the best of my ability but I found it tough. It was hard managing a house, a baby and trying to make time for myself. This is why I admire you so much, stay at home moms. Because you are able to juggle so many tasks and priorities throughout the day.

When I am at work, I have lots of things to do. But here’s the thing; I don’t have to do them with a toddler in tow. I am able to work independently at my own pace and complete tasks to the best of my ability because I am not busy trying to entertain and occupy a tiny human. My focus is usually very high because I have minimal distractions happening while at work.

When I was a SAHM, it was so much different. Trying to feed a baby, pay bills, cook meals, do laundry and keep the house clean felt nearly impossible. It felt like I was constantly taking one step forward and three steps back. I felt like no matter how hard I tried, I simply could not get ahead. And on top of not getting ahead, there was the constant exhaustion. How do you do it, SAHMs? How do you manage to find the energy to get through each day? You are constantly busy and doing things, it’s like you’re running a marathon all day, every day. I’m not sure where you get the energy, but I know that I am very envious of it.

You’re also some of the most selfless people I have ever met, SAHMs. You are putting your career on hold to raise your children. I know that had to be an incredibly tough decision to make. Maybe some of you are staying at home because you don’t want to miss a moment with your children. Maybe some of you are staying at home because it financially makes more sense – daycare is expensive, especially if you have to send multiple children.  Or maybe you are staying at home because you also work from home. Whatever the case may be, I am sure that it was a decision that was carefully thought out and works best for you and your family.

Stay At Home Moms, you are everything. You are a chef, a maid, a bookkeeper, a nurse, a chauffeur, a handyman, a teacher, a therapist, a hairdresser, a waitress, a referee, a personal assistant and anything else your family may need, want or require.  You are amazing. Absolutely amazing.

I know you probably have days when you are overwhelmed, tired and in desperate need of a break. And I also know that sometimes, no matter how bad you want it, there is no break. It is during those times that I respect you the most. Because even though you are tired and running out of patience, you somehow still manage to keep pulling through. Even on the days when you are sick or have been up all night or are battling a migraine. Those are the days that you deserve all of the credit in the world.

I admire you, SAHMs. You are doing a job that is often undervalued  by society and can be the loneliest job in the world at times (I know, I did it too!).  I want you to know that I respect you. I value you. I think you’re extremely important. And if there was a way for me to pay you, I would. But here’s the thing; even if I could pay you, it would never be enough. Because what you do every day cannot be measured by money or materialistic goods. You are priceless. Never forget that.

All of my love and appreciation,

Katie

Fat shaming; it’s real and it needs to stop

I recently saw a video online that was made by a self-proclaimed comedian. She went on a six minute rant about fat people and basically tried to say that fat shaming isn’t a thing. She tried to use humor to make people laugh and somehow thought that her video was funny. It wasn’t funny. It was offensive, degrading and downright hateful. And as a woman who has struggled with body image issues her entire life, I was hurt to the core.

Within the first thirty seconds of her video she tried to imply that fat people don’t have the ability to exercise. Well, I can tell you that as an overweight woman I’ve taught and participated in dance lessons, was certified by Canfit Pro with a CEC accreditation to teach a fitness class and have  logged more gym hours in a year than some people do in a lifetime. I’ve lifted weights, started a running program, done yoga, pilates and participated in tons of fitness related activities. But, despite doing all of this, I really didn’t lose a lot of weight. So yeah, I was the fatty at the gym but I can guarantee that I could easily keep up with anyone else who was there.

Fat shaming is a real thing. Just like gay shaming, skinny shaming, slut shaming and ugly shaming are all real things, too. I’ll never understand why someone thinks it is okay to judge another person because they don’t meet their standards? What can a person possibly gain by shaming another individual? Does it somehow make them feel better about themselves? Are they so insecure and bitter that they have to point out the ‘flaws’ of someone else to make themselves feel more worthy?

Here’s the thing about fat shaming. It’s body shaming. As women, we’ve all experienced shame because of the way we look. Maybe you were told you were too thin, or your boobs were too big or too small. Maybe you were told you had a big butt or a small butt or a flat butt. Maybe you were told you had man shoulders, or a crooked nose or big hips. Whatever the case may be, it’s all hurtful. And wrong, really really wrong. How can we teach kids not to bully if adults are displaying this type of behavior for the whole world to see?

Being overweight sometimes has a medical condition behind it, like hypothyroidism or PCOS. But sometimes it is so much more than that. The person in question could be depressed or have mental health issues, or could be on a medication that can cause weight gain. You don’t know by looking at someone what is going on inside of them. You can’t look at a fat person and assume that they are fat simply because they overeat. Just like you can’t look at a skinny person and assume they are anorexic or bulimic simply because they are thin.

I am very aware that being overweight comes with health related risks like diabetes and heart disease. But shaming someone for being fat and hoping that it encourages them to lose weight is the wrong approach. In fact, studies have shown that shaming people for any type of behavior has the exact OPPOSITE effect. It causes the behavior to increase, not decrease. This is not a random fact I am pulling out of my ass. There are entire sub-fields of psychology that are dedicated to studying this. The message in the video was not done out of love or care or concern. It was done in the most hurtful and destructive way possible.

Fat shaming is bullying. It is purposely hurting someone because they do not meet societal norms. While some people may look at fat shaming as funny or made up, it’s not. It is real and it is this type of behavior that has led to suicide. Think about that for a second. People have ended their lives over this disgusting type of behavior. Yet some people actually think that the video in question was done in good taste and in the name of humour. (And FYI, I refuse to name the video in question because it only gives the vile person the media attention she so desperately craves).

Friends, I have been fat shamed more times than I can count. I’ve been called fat, disgusting, ugly and was told I was a slobbish cow that needed to lose weight or die. I’ve been told I have a pretty face but that if I just lost a little weight I’d be so much prettier. I’ve been told that I could go without a cupcake or a burger or a slice of pizza. And I’ve been told that I am so fat that I should just end things now and kill myself. Still think that fat shaming doesn’t exist? Well it does. And it hurts and will never be okay in my books.

To anyone who is reading this; I love you EXACTLY the way you are. I don’t care if you are fat, thin, tall, short, black, white, red, yellow, straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender fluid, muslim, catholic, atheist or anything else. All I ask is that you be a kind, compassionate, tolerant, loving person. I will always support you and stand by your side, no matter what. Whether you are 100 pounds or 400 pounds. Whether you are really short or really tall, whether you are straight, lesbian gay or anything else. I love you and do not judge you. Because here’s the thing about judgment: When you judge another person you don’t define them, you define yourself.

A person’s body does not measure their worth. It does not tell you anything about them. It is simply the exterior and does not reflect what is on the inside. Every single person in this world is different, beautiful and unique.  We all deserve to be respected and loved, even if we don’t meet the crazy standards that society has tried to set when it comes to self-acceptance and beauty. A person’s body is just that; theirs. So please, stop judging what isn’t yours.

Penny…I mean, nickel for your thoughts

A few days ago I was leaving work and walking to my car when I noticed that something shiny caught my eye. I looked down at the ground and saw a coin sitting there. I picked it up and thought ‘lucky penny’. But it was not a penny, it was a nickel. In Canada, the penny is out of circulation and has been for a few years. Which led me to my next thought, “my daughter won’t know what a penny is.”

The expressions “a penny for your thoughts” or “what’s your two cents” or “a penny saved is a penny earned,” will mean nothing to her! The concept of something costing $4.61 when paying with cash will mean she will automatically round down. This is something that I am still trying to comprehend.

I started to realize that there are a lot of things that I grew up with that she simply will not know. I have composed a list of items that my daughter will probably never experience, and believe me; writing these has made me feel incredibly old! Nevertheless, here they are:

VCRs and VHS tapes: VCRs are extinct. You can’t buy one and you can’t buy videos on VHS anymore. My daughter will never know the pain of renting a video from Blockbuster only to bring it home and find out that the asshole who rented it before her didn’t rewind it! Netflix has us completely spoiled; it can even suggest things we might want to watch and the best part about it is that everything is always at the beginning!

Mixed tapes: Remember when you heard a song on the radio? And then you sat down with a blank tape in your stereo and waited for said song to come on the radio so you could record it? Those days are long gone. All you need to do now is download your favorite song on iTunes and then put it on your iPod or iPhone or i-whatever. There was something fun and exciting about waiting around for your song and hearing it on the radio. Technology has made it so easy for us these days; it almost takes the fun out of hearing your favorite song on the radio because now you can hear it as often as you want! (and without having to rewind a tape!)

Tamagotchi pets: These things were all the rage when I was in elementary school. These little digital key chain pets that you kept alive by periodically remembering to push little buttons that would feed it and give it water. They were so cool and it was like a competition to see whose pet would live with longest. Nothing ruined your day more than if your tamagotchi died. But, you could always ease the pain with a quick trip to McDonalds for their delicious pizza. This brings me to my next point.

McDonalds Pizza: My daughter will never know the deliciousness of McDonald’s pizza. It was so crispy and cheesy and just plain awesome. It was taken off the menu in the late 90s and fans everywhere were devastated. Rumor has it that it is still available in 2 US locations; Pomeroy, Ohio and Spencer, West Virginia. The West Virginia location is only 2428 kilometers away, which is almost 30kms closer to me than the Ohio location, so clearly when my daughter is old enough to sit in the car for a few days we will be making a road trip to West Virginia. She simply MUST taste McDonalds pizza!

Dialup Internet: Oh, that was painful and no one needs to actually experience it. I can remember waiting 45 minutes to download one song. 10 minutes to download an email with a picture attachment and not to mention the inconvenience of not being able to use your phone while you were online. I do think that all kids today should have to use dialup at least once so they can appreciate how awesome wireless internet is!

Disposable cameras: I used to buy one of these bad boys every time something special was going on. Taking a picture was such a surprise because you never knew what you were going to get. Digital cameras have taken all of the mystery out of photography. In fact, a lot of people don’t own any type of camera these days because their cell phones usually have pretty good cameras on them. The downside to this though, is that anyone can become a point and click photographer. It almost takes away from what an amazing skillset photography actually is.

Cell phones: They are our world. My phone has apps for my banking, email, twitter, facebook and games. It also serves its purpose by being my main form of communication. Kids these days have NO clue what the world was like before cell phones became the norm. People made plans and they kept them. People arranged to meet at a certain time. When you went to dinner with a friend, you talked to each other. When you had to wait at the doctor’s office, you read a magazine or chatted to another waiting patient. Cell phones have created a dependency in our society which is almost making us lose some of our social and interpersonal skills. I definitely do enjoy having a phone, but there are times when I wish that all they could do is make and receive phone calls.

I’m sure that by the time my daughter is nine or ten years old there will be all kinds of new technologies to replace existing things. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. What are some things from your childhood that you can remember? What are some things that today’s kids will never know? Comment below and tell me! I can’t wait to hear what everyone else comes up with!!