Love vs. New Media.

Now I have seen it all – an ad that is circulating the net made by the Chinese to convince parents that a New Media product is not going to replace the warmth and love of a physical touch.

I engourage everyone to watch it. Is that what we have come too? Do we really believe an image on a screen is going to replace the physical human touch? New Media I think you will not win this one.

In this instance I would actually say New Media is awful – and thankfully this ad is campaigning against it. Ironically, it comes from the country that is the number one producer of New Media and Technology. For the first time I am not cringing that something is “made in China”.

Yet I read comments today on facebook group pages, which is also another form of new media, and I believe the New Media craze is starting to slow down, and taking a step back. Some people are sighing off of Facebook, maybe this New Media will be going away and be replaced by something newer, hopefully more balanced.

Yay I think the old ways are starting to come back to the surface after being drowned by the new concepts.

New Media at present time is on an unbalanced scale, tipping in favor of the bad New Media but the scale is starting to balance out and the good is getting a little more weight.

 

Moms vs Recipes to New Media or Not to New Media.

 
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I am an old soul at heart and love the hand me downs with attached sentiments to them: a pearl ring from my grandma to my mom, to me, and now to my daughter.

Then who can forget the family recipe tradition. From generation to generation – I stood by my mom to learn and now my daughter stands by me.

Nowadays we search the web to make a recipe, and I think it loses the connection with the person creating or teaching the recipe.

New Media is a great way to preserve recipes, I decided to share the Crepes recipe that a dear friend taught me how to do – it has become a favorite in my family, and I will dedicate it to my friend Roula who is in Australia.

Though I am a fan of traditions passed down from generation to generation, the world we live in allows those parted generations to continue said tradition via New Media. So while I will share this now family recipe, I do have but one kind request.

When you take the recipe from here you share it in person with your friend, or your family and simply tell them that you found it on Momi’s Choice.

From one Mother to Another,
Here are the ingredients:
2 Egg
2 Cups of Milk (I use Lactose free Milk but you can use any milk.)
1½ cups of flour. Mix
½ Teaspoon of baking powder
½ Teaspoon of vanilla
2 Tablespoons of butter (melted)

  1. Crack the two eggs.
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  2. Pour the 2 cups of milk.
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  3. Pour in the 1 ½ cups of cake flour.
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  4. Add the ½ teaspoon of baking powder. Add the ½ teaspoon of vanilla.
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  5. Melt the butter on the Crepes pan and pour into the mixing bowl.
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  6. Mix all together and pour one scoop at a time.
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  7. Bake on each side until golden.
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  8. Enjoy with anything you might fancy: salty or sweet, ham & cheese, chocolate & strawberries.
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    Pictures taken by son.
     

Moms vs. New Media – Round 2 – The Attack of the Smart Beacon

Yesterday, I went to an affiliate Mac store so that my husband could fix his iPhone. While I was walking around the store I noticed an employee playing around with a hexagon box and it caught my attention.

I attached a picture so you can see what it looks like.

I asked the employee what it was and he said the following: “This is a small gadget that you can carry around after programing it to your car keys, or your phone etc. It’s used to help you find things you’ve lost. It will start beeping to alert you that you are moving away from whatever you’ve programed it to. It can also be placed in your child’s pocket and if they move more than x amount of feet away from you it will start beeping.”

At first glance, this item seemed quite innovative and exciting – but after thinking about it, the employee’s second statement stayed with me. “It can also be placed in your child’s pocket“…

So moms now it seems we need a smart gadget to tell us we lost or forgot our kids. Is the free will concept applying to our children now?

Allow me to vent a little: This brand new parenting system that allows children to feel like they have “free will” is a tad bit ridiculous. They don’t have free will – only an illusion of free will. And if the new parents believe that this new gadget is a way to give their children free will, the fact that you have placed a small tracking device is the complete opposite of free will. Aren’t you in someway in the invading your child’s so called privacy? (Children needing privacy is a whole other topic for another day) You are tracking them – you are literally treating them like a household pet.

See, back in my day I used to use the leash gadget because I felt that that was as far as I would allow my child freedom. Nowadays if a parent is seen holding a leash to their child they are immediately labeled as “horrible parents”, for the same reason I call them horrible parents.

We’re both tracking our children – one is a little more obvious than the other but they’re both in fact tracking our children because we are parents. When did being proud of being a parent become such a bad thing? Why am I the only one who is proud of every ounce of discipline I taught my children while others fear it? My children are polite, respectful to their elders and peers, they treat others with kindness. Being a parent is the greatest responsibility any human being can take on. And now New Media feels like this is their newest playground.

Why do the tech people think we need reminders not to lose our kids? Could this demand for such an item be because we are busy focusing on other things?

In my opinion we are on our phones most of the time checking our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – taking selfies and posting them. Is it a trend, an epidemic or what? Could this demand for such an item be because we are busy focusing on work or otherwise.

I know everyone of us says that our kids are a priority but new media has taken over our lives inside and outside our homes and it seems to me that IT has become the priority. We need time management lessons, and curfew. We can use social media from this time to this time just like we curfew or children’s use of iPads, phones, and laptops. Maybe then we won’t need this reminder gadget.

I can relate to the mall dilemma because I have seen it happen with my sister one day at the mall; my niece let go of her mom’s hand and ran; my dad who was with them freaked out and went running after her. He then scolded her not to let go of her mom’s hand ever again.

Moms we need to get back the control and not let media control our lives. I can imagine this Smart Beacon one day becoming a tiny robot telling our kids to stop in their track and wait for mommy, with soothing mommy sounds if our child is lost.

Are we ready to allow robots to raise our children? Is this the kind of future we want to give them? Are these the lessons we want to teach them?

Let me throw this final example: I used to look forward to tucking my children in and reading them bedtime stories – now let me play this scenario – mommy is too busy to read and tuck in her children but thankfully New Media has an automated bedtime storyteller attached to this new hightech bed that also automatically tucks in your child when it senses they are in bed and begins telling them the story. Talk about that child’s memories – no mommy but robot was there – Good night and don’t let the nanobytes bite.

From one mother to another,Momi’s Choice

Dr. Brazelton vs. New Media – Two Titans Collide

Hello Moms, This morning I decided to tackle the attic in an attempt to find the book (also known as my bible) that I mentioned in my previous post What every Baby Knows by Dr. Brazelton, to get some quotes to post; but due to the many times my family and I have wandered the world from continent to continent, state to state, city to city – much to my chagrin – I seem to have lost it.

Alas, the great and powerful Supermom was not able to find a lost item – queue a moment of silence here.

So, I instead decided to tackle the great and mysterious world wide web, seeing as this is 2015 and New Media is my new partner in crime. I found the book! It seems he has written many books – some in collaboration with other authors. He is using New Media as well to give access to a bigger audience. If anyone is interested to read his work; his books are available in many formats on amazon, in paperback, hardcover, audio books and digital.

This book is wonderful and now every mom now has access. I guess New Media wins in this case. I wish I had that back in the day – it took about two months to ship the book from the US to Beirut, Lebanon.

Janet Murray (2003) says that computers are awe-inspiring because of their encyclopedic and participative properties. I agree because without a computer which is part of New Media we wouldn’t have such easy access to these books, and we would not be able to discuss them.

I would love to hear your opinions about his books, and if you read his first one back in 1987. Here is to hoping he might help some of you like he helped me.

I have attached a small summary of what the book discusses taken from amazon.com. Unfortunately, this one is only sold in paperback and hardcover.

“Berry Brazelton, America’s most highly regarded and deeply valued pediatrician, is a national treasure. Millions of parents and physicians have used and praised his groundbreaking books on infancy, parenthood, and early childhood. What Every Baby Knows is without question Brazelton’s most exciting and valuable book. In What Every Baby Knows, Dr. Brazelton takes five families and really opens the doors of their private lives.

In the course of the family histories and in the follow-up visits that Brazelton pays to each family two years later, we come to know these parents and children as individuals — their stubborn worries, their struggles to adapt to change, their successes at resolving problems. These family histories serve as the framework for Brazelton’s illuminating discussions of such crucial family issues as:  –sibling rivalry — divorced parents — prematurity — colic — encouraging independence — late speech development, and more.

What Every Baby Knows offers every reader answers to their questions about the real, day-to-day issues that his or her own family faces. The problems Brazelton identifies in the lives of his five families are the universal problems of family life. And the resolutions he describes are as reassuring as they are workable in all family situations.

What Every Baby Knows will help all families share the rewards and happiness of life together.

From One Mother to Another,

Momi’s Choice

References

Murray, J. H. (2003). Inventing the medium. In N. Wardrip-Fruin & N. Montfort (Eds.), The new media reader (pp. 3-11). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

What Every Baby Knows.  Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/What-Every-Knows-Berry-Brazelton/dp/0345344553/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8