Category: Parenthood

Screentime

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A self-professed marketing and technology junkie, there’s few things I love more than the interweb. However, one of the hardest things about becoming a parent has been finding the time to indulge my various interests and habits.

Luckily my good friend Michelle Prak (@Prakky) had an awesome suggestion on her blog that we’ve since incorporated into our weekend routine.

Allocate one hour of uninterrupted ‘screentime’ where mum takes the kid and it’s just me and the iMac.

I can choose to do whatever I want with that time whether it’s blogging, researching, tweeting or just surfing. If I don’t get what I wanted to done because I was too busy screwing around, that’s my own fault, but generally it means that I’m more efficient with my time online.

For any parents struggling to find the time to blog or do anything else online, I highly encourage you to give it a go!

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Making the most of the weekend

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If you’re like me, come Monday morning, you’re often wondering where the weekend went. When you throw kids and a minimum amount of ‘couch time’ into the equation, you can easily wind up not accomplishing a helluva lot.

The problem gets compounded when there a things around the house that you really need to do such as installing those baby gates you’ve been promising your wife for months or protecting the PS3 from curious little hands.

Luckily, Digital Dads has some great advice for making the most of the weekend and still getting enough chillax time.

  1. Set Clear Goals
    The more vague your goals are, the more likely you won’t get them done. Be as specific as possible. Don’t set the goal of “make a sit down dinner.” Instead set it as “make a dutch oven pot roast for dinner.” Being specific up front focuses you even more on the end goal.
  2. Make a List (in your head doesn’t count)
    This can be on a sticky note, whiteboard or the nearest scrap of paper, but putting it down on paper makes it more likely to happen. This is extra important if you have more then one goal because you can check them off as you complete them. This gratification will help you push forward.
  3. Don’t Do Too Much
    A million tiny tasks or a handful of major ones will both kill you. Don’t give into the temptation to try and do too much. Recognize your limitations and set the right number of goals. Nothing sucks more then having to push something off to the next weekend.
  4. Tell Other People Your Goals
    When you are accountable to someone, it is a great motivator. It is very easy to tell yourself you are going to do something, but the more people you tell the more likely you are to stay focused and succeed.
  5. Celebrate Victory
    When you complete a group of tasks or at the end of the weekend when your list is all checked off be sure to reward yourself. It might be something simple like sitting down for a beer break or some time playing video games. Just be sure to congratulate yourself.
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Bum shuffle

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One of the best things about being a dad is watching my son discover all the cool, new things he is able to do.

Increasingly aware of what’s around him, he’s become determined to get from A to B, whether it means  climbing over mum and dad to get to the remotes or making a break for it when he sees the laundry door open.

But while most kids start off crawling, mine prefers to bum shuffle…

To any parents with kids of a similar age who also bum shuffle, I’m proposing a race. Send me an email if you’re keen!

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We interrupt this transmission

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Over the next week or so, my rantings and ravings on this blog will be more erratic than usual. That’s because we’ve bitten the bullet and bought our first home. So instead of offering my usual witty commentary and insight, I’ll be boxing up my life and moving a few suburbs.

One thing I’ve learned is that nothing lasts forever, and with our growing family we figured it was about time we ditched the nomad-like existence and cash-in on KRudd’s generosity while the offer was there.

P.S. It should also come as no surprise that the first thing I did once we knew the date we were moving was relocate the Internet and Foxtel.

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My most played song

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Nine months ago this would’ve been a contest with the likes of Depeche Mode, The Ramones, New Order, NiN, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Infusion, John Digweed, Pryda, Sebastien Leger, etc. battling for position in my iTunes collection.

These days while Infusion and AC/DC are still well up there, the song that gets played (and sung) the most in my house is by an orange muppet named Ollie on Nick Jr. My 8 month old can’t get enough of it, especially the ‘Days of the Week’ song.

Every time it comes on, he freezes and stares at the screen with the most adorable face as we sing and clap along every morning as a family (weekends only, for me).

Sing Along With Ollie

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