twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Skype Playdates

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Skype is Mommy's new best friend.

girl using laptop computer

Dr. Wendy Walsh: I often wonder how my mother managed. She had three babies in three years, never a housekeeper or nanny, and we often lived on foreign military bases with Dad and extended family thousands of miles away. When I have these thoughts of concern for my mother's plight, I am reminded that we were raised in a different era, when the carefree life of childhood still existed. After school, we would walk home ourselves, run inside the house just long enough to grab a cookie, and then head out to find other neighborhood kids and a game of kick-the-can. The common rule across all families was that kids went home when the streetlights came on. Does that mean that my mother was in blissful peace from 3 to 7 PM? What a thought.

With that, I wonder how she would have managed in today's world of multiple school carpool schedules and intricate calendars of ever-changing playdates. I look at the dizzying array of dates on my kids' calendars and even I am confused. My children know this. That's why my 11-year-old often sends me a Twitter to make sure I know where I pick her up. There is no bliss in my 3 to 7 PM schedule. It's a maze of pick-ups and drop-offs, with homework and dinner crammed in there somewhere. It gets so hectic that I often put my foot down and simply say, "NO MORE playdates! I'm exhausted."

Now I will remind you of two things. Necessity is the mother of invention, and though today's kids may not be free to climb trees, they are free to surf -- the Internet -- that is. That's how my daughter found Skype. It's a free Internet-based video phone that has been popular in Europe and Asia for years. Here in America, it is exploding in popularity, in my opinion, partly because of moms who are too tired to drive.

Now, when my middle-schooler begs me to drive halfway across town at rush hour to have a "homework" playdate, I simply say, "Skype her, honey." There are a couple of great things about Skype playdates. The computer is in the living room, so I hear everything, and there's no bodily contact, thus no tears over "owies" with my 6-year-old, nor risk of any middle-school groping with my older one. Best of all, Skype can work as one big conference call. Sometimes I hear the giggles of five rambunctious girls in my living room, and nobody is making a mess!

Of course, I have a Ph.D. in psychology and I specialize in human attachment, so I know that a world of Skype relationships is no substitute for real, face-to-face emotional intimacy. But, in a pinch, Skype playdates can be a godsend to busy moms.

Best of all, since my 11-year-old functions as my personal IT department, she hooked me up on Skype with a team of computer experts in New Delhi, thereby reducing my IT fees by 90 percent. Munish, the CEO, and I have become good friends via Skype, and I hope he and his wife and baby will visit soon. I've already given them a tour of my home via my laptop and Skype.

The best thing about Skype? It's completely free! Skype away, kids.


next: America Only Has Room For One Octo-Family
34 comments so far | Post a comment now
mel October 28, 2009, 1:27 PM

I was introduced to skype less than a week ago and its great.I can use the money that i usually spent on phone credit for something else.

Anonymous April 20, 2010, 5:35 AM

ok

Best Internet Providers In My Area November 24, 2010, 11:31 PM

Your first appearance, he said to me, is the gauge by which you will be measured; try to manage that you may go beyond yourself in after times, but beware of ever doing less.

Treatment for Hemorrhoid November 27, 2010, 7:30 PM

Very useful website. Thank you, I look forward to reading more of your posts.

valium December 1, 2010, 3:42 PM

Mate! This blog site is awesome! How do you make it look this good .

Marbella apartments for sale December 10, 2010, 5:07 AM

Excellent reading. Very helpful, have a good day!

Trang Burdette December 23, 2010, 1:57 PM

Useful info. Thank you, you describe the topic very well

dieta atkins December 27, 2010, 2:12 AM

I was been trying to find the WWW for this information and just wanted to thank you for this post. By the way, just off topic, how can i download a copy of this theme? – Regards

slabire forum December 27, 2010, 6:30 AM

I was beeing searching the Internet for such info and i wanted to thank u for the post. BTW, just off topic, how can i download a version of this theme? – Thank you

Michael Morrison December 28, 2010, 6:21 PM

Greet, but it would be better if in future you can share more about this topic. posts.

dieta personalizata January 4, 2011, 12:25 AM

I have beeing after the WWW for this information and just wanted to thank u for the post. By the way, just off topic, where can i download a copy of this theme? – 10x

polka dot beach towels January 15, 2011, 1:44 AM

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

Floy Wonnacott January 19, 2011, 1:12 AM

Fine website. I appreciate your effort, very well written article.

blinds direct January 23, 2011, 10:35 PM

Looking around the web, I ran across your webblog. I was hunting for some ideas for a theme for my own site. I this theme, did you create or alter this template? I got a internet site as well and my theme looks kinda bad as a result folks don’t visit on my web site very long.

Torty February 2, 2011, 1:01 AM

wow… nice!!!! I love it!

Torty February 2, 2011, 2:59 PM

That would be really good if they did many articles.

Torty February 3, 2011, 12:36 AM

Funny post, I especially like this article.

Aisha Wieto February 5, 2011, 6:11 AM

Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

Maynard Wesemann February 6, 2011, 8:28 AM

There is evidently a bundle to know about this. I consider you made certain good points in features also.

stomatolog Syrynia February 8, 2011, 8:33 AM

I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too short for beginners. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.


Back to top >>
advertisement