Technology changes so quickly that it’s easy to feel left behind. There is always a new app or platform creating a lot of buzz, and for busy moms it is nearly impossible to keep up. But here’s the good news: You don’t have to be a tech whiz to benefit from the latest developments. Here are 3 easy ways to make technology work for you and be a tech savvy mom.
3 Easy Ways to Be a Tech Savvy Mom
1. Use apps to organize and coordinate. There are so many great apps out there to help you track and organize your household. Even before you become a parent you can use an app to monitor and record your contractions! And apps are great for coordinating with friends or family. My husband and I created an online shopping list so that whoever was able to go to the store always had an up to date list. We also share an online calendar, which includes details like addresses of events, in case, for example my husband is taking one of the kids to an appointment that I scheduled or vice versa.
2. Stay connected with your kids. Online safety is a huge concern, so monitor how much and what kind of screen time your kids get. As kids get older, monitoring them becomes more difficult, so lay the foundation early for open communication with your kids about online safety and why it is important. Show an interest in the games they play and who they are interacting with online. I am a big believer in practicing what in business is called MBWA, or Management By Walking Around. In other words, don’t give your child a tablet then leave them alone for an hour or two. Check in frequently on what they are doing or, even better, have them sit where you can easily see them and their screen. Even if you aren’t very tech savvy yourself, you can learn a lot from your kids and how they use technology.
3. Upgrade your home phone to a smart phone. So many people I know don’t even use home phones anymore because they seem so clunky and old fashioned. But there are real safety reasons to keep one, such as the ability to call 911 quickly. Also, home phones can be in every room in your house and accessible to every member of the household.
So what about the clunky and old fashioned part? That’s where Ooma comes in.
Ooma Telo is a product that can easily transform your home phone into a smart phone that integrates with other smart devices in your home. I love that it is so quick and easy to set up!
Tired of unsolicited calls? Block them! Concerned about safety? Get texts if 911 is called from your home or if smoke or carbon monoxide is detected in your home.
A leading consumer research publication rated Ooma Telo the #1 home phone service for five years in a row and it’s easy to see why.
Remember the static-y calls on your old home phone? Ooma Telo has a built-in 900MHz dual-core processor that gives a more natural sound without all that stuttering and popping.
Plus you get Caller ID, call-waiting, free mobile app, 911 calling and text alerts, free US calling (just pay taxes and fees, no long-term contract required), and free Ooma-to-Ooma calling anywhere in the world.
Want to keep your current phone number? Just pay a one-time $39.99 transfer fee, or choose a new number in most any available area code free of charge.
I also love My Ooma online portal, where you can play messages, check call logs, and manage your preferences. Talk about being tech savvy!
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Premier Service for $9.99 per month.
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