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Why Modern Mums Must Become Digital Masters

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Let’s explore why modern mums must become digital masters.  I was thinking about this recently after a lazy afternoon in bed watching TED talks on my iPad.  It was one of those ‘battery recharging’ sessions I have to have if I’ve worked an extremely busy week, and I was catching up on my internet surfing and goings on via Facebook.  I came across a TED talk that I wanted to watch then one talk led to another and before I knew it I was learning about the flag design of cities and what happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

But an afternoon spent like this is never actually lazy.  It gets my ideas pumping and my brain whirring.  I was thinking about how I use technology to run my home and organise my kids, and how things will be so different when my children are managing their own homes.  When my mother needs to make a shopping list she reaches for a pen and paper.  As a child born just after the war she was brought up with a ‘make do and mend’ mentality so her paper is actually the back of last year’s Christmas cards that she has saved for list making.

Modern Mums Digital Masters

When I need to make a shopping list I go to the app on my iPhone.  My formative years have been a mix of ‘make do and mend’ from my mum alongside the environmental concerns of Gen X so I don’t like to waste paper.  I send a mixture of actual Christmas cards and e-cards so I don’t go down my mother’s list making route and besides, pixels can be deleted and lists ticked off without having to create more recyclable or landfill waste.  But I make my list on my app then either order it online or pick it up the next time I’m at the supermarket.

My children will probably have a smart fridge.  I predict that modern mums in 2030* will probably have a fridge that recognises when the milk is getting low via a weight sensor in the door, and sends this information via wifi to the LCD screen on the fridge door.  From there the fridge can practically add items to its virtual basket and once the householder is ready to place an order, send this request to whichever online supermarket we have configured into the fridge operating system.  In the future, our appliances may be smarter than we are – scary thought isn’t it?  Or maybe empowering, if we do what we need to and educate ourselves now.

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My daughter and her peers are true digital natives.  The first generation brought up in an age where we can play an online game with someone we’ve never met on the other side of the world, or communicate what we had for breakfast with our thousands of Instagram followers.  It is completely natural for the teenagers of today to put videos of their dance routines onto YouTube for the world to comment on.  In the 1980s I did my dance routines in the playground, singing “Making Your Mind Up” by Bucks Fizz and re-enacting the bit where the boys pulled off the girls’ skirts to reveal a mini skirt underneath!  I’m glad the world wasn’t there to see it, but today’s kids won’t know any different.

So what do you do as a modern mum now that your mother wouldn’t have dreamed of? Maybe a way you use technology?  Let me know in the comments, and also tell me what your predictions for technology of the future are? Plus, as a parent you may like this guide to the social networks your kids are currently using.

*I chose 2030 as my ‘future year’ as it is the year that my daughter will become the age I was when I had her! Maybe she’ll have her first child at that age? Or later? Or not at all? I suppose only time will tell.

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Comments to Why Modern Mums Must Become Digital Masters

  • I was the same with using apps for list making etc but just lately I’ve gone back to using a notebook and I have to say it’s so much more satisfying crossing items off the list than it is deleting them!

    Shell Louise 21st December 2015 10:03 am Reply
    • haha I have to admit I like deleting but I do get my ‘crossing off’ fix when I manage my daily diary! Thanks for commenting:-)

      Nadine Hill 21st December 2015 10:27 am Reply
  • It is amazing how quickly everything is moving forward these days – it will be really interesting to see what comes next. x

    Sarah Bailey 22nd December 2015 12:08 pm Reply
  • I really agree with you on this. I do not know where I would be without my tach. I am keen to see what our kids see as normal when they are older

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 22nd December 2015 1:06 pm Reply
    • We had a broadband issue last week and had 24 hours without the internet – my kids thought the sky had fallen down they were so devastated!

      Nadine Hill 22nd December 2015 7:32 pm Reply
  • I am now singing making your mind up – loved that song. It is devastation here if the internet goes down or if the teen runs out of his data allowance

    Kara 23rd December 2015 8:44 am Reply
    • Tell me about it!!

      Nadine Hill 23rd December 2015 3:53 pm Reply
  • I love technology but can remember a time as a Mum without it and I really do long for that time to come back!

    Sonia 23rd December 2015 10:31 pm Reply
  • I actually wish I was a bit better with technology. I still prefer to write my lists by hand – and then lose them – and have a diary I write in for all my dates!

    Globalmouse 24th December 2015 4:00 pm Reply
  • I must admit I still prefer hand written lists. I find them quickly to access and update than virtual ones (which I have tried). That said, I am very willing to embrace technology especially where it saves me time.

    Erica Price 27th December 2015 7:39 am Reply
  • My children are so much more tech savvy than me but I’ve encouraged them to try and teach themselves since they were younger. They pick things up really quickly and turn to Youtube when they’re stuck x

    Cass@frugalfamily 27th December 2015 3:53 pm Reply
    • Yes! Mine are always on YouTube too!

      Nadine Hill 4th January 2016 7:18 am Reply
  • I definitely mix old and new when it comes to technology (I’m totally a product of my time!). It’ll be exciting to see how technology develops over the years; smart fridges sound very cool.

    Laura 28th December 2015 8:00 am Reply

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