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SodaStream revisited

A bit of research shows that SodaStream is not without controversy. First developed in 1903, owned by various UK companies, and solely owned by Cadbury Schweppes in 1985, it was sold in 1998 to Israeli company Soda-Club. In 2012, a line of soda machines was designed emphasizing sustainability and SodaStream was rewarded with approval from […]

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Parenting a Tech-Savvy Toddler

by Angela and Andrew McGillivray As we’re writing this, we’re sitting in our backyard with a baby monitor next to us. It’s an “iLife Smart” video monitor which “let[s] you watch and talk to your toddler in real-time with long-range up to 900ft,” according to its Amazon description. This device allows us to remain attentive […]

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Parenting/Internet/Kids

The title, Parenting/Internet/Kids, slashed together, implies that we’re parenting both the Internet as well as kids. While meant to be playful, it also strikes a serious note and conveys a layered approach: we are not simply mothering children who have grown up in the internet age, but also “managing” the computer, a machine whose intelligence-cum-sentience […]

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OUR call drew great response and volume now on the horizon

DEMETER PRESS – CALL FOR PAPERS Parenting/Internet/Kids    Editors: Fiona Joy Green and Jaqueline McLeod Rogers Computer technology and the internet – specifically the interpersonal and communicative element of social media-have become increasingly influential and ubiquitous over the last decade. The smart phone puts computers in many hands, and in North American homes, it’s common […]

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On track: USING my media, not theirs

As a cycling enthusiast, I feel ill-prepared and incomplete without my little computer attached to my handlebars that monitors my distance, speed, cadence and time. Unlike my fellow cyclist friends who have accounts with the cloud to record and share online recording of routes, distance, speed and other stats, I prefer the privacy of keeping […]

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SodaStream seems safe (Where’s it made? What does it replace? What niche/need create?)

While recently hosting a small family get together and observing physical distancing and careful food sharing practices during these COVID-19 days, I realized how much I depend upon and find pleasure in my sodastream fizzy water maker. I love the sparkle it puts into my tap water and the instant refreshing feeling I experience with […]

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Media inventory and critique: What is gained and lost if I use_______?

We write this blog committed to working out (the changing/adapting) media values that guide our quotidian practices: not too much browsing or tv, limited or no social media, anti-consumerist activities (not new , but  re-used), following all the sign posts to doing the right thing.  Like many others, we are trying to behave in responsible […]

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Smart appliances be gone: BUT we still lean on other tools & media

I don’t have any smart gadgets in my kitchen and discourage acquisition. I’m a competitive person and want to be the smart one—at least in my kitchen!  It is also true the list of available gadgets is not too compelling at this stage. Check this out as a gadget for those with time on their […]

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what’s up when you recognize privilege?

When we began writing a decade ago we were interested in joining a dialogue with mothers to share ideas instead of consulting the experts. Over the years, we had stopped blogging except to comment on our status as mothers of older children, to notice there was not much written from this parenting perspective. Coming back […]

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Thomas Wolfe said You Can’t Go Home Again–and created a character that took to travelling and built a new life. For us? The word is “go home and stay home”

Changing days and roles: what has struck me, as a mother of 2 adult daughters–learning from them and from my young adult students–is how much is changed: so much life is online, so many jobs dissolved. Recently ordered by authorities to “go home and stay home”, many had to define where/ what home might be. […]