I’ll be the first to admit that I’m on the computer a lot. My netbook and I are practically attached at the hip. Between writing posts and twitter updates to reading the news, it’s like my life vest, keeping me afloat. It’s my link to the outside world of adults and my sanity saver all in one.
Why yes, it is my crutch.
Abby is accustomed to sharing my lap with an open screen, my fingers poking at keys one-handed. I’ve gotten good at equally dispensing my attention, at least jotting down a vague idea whilst simultaneously reading a book to my daughter. I can always come back and edit later, so long as I have the main gist covered. Don’t worry, it’s not all the time. There are plenty of instances where my kids have my undivided attention. But I do try to accomplish both more often than I should.
Then, as my daughter is sitting next to me, I realize I have the prime means for a teaching moment. We begin to point at the keys together, while I recite the letter or symbol associated with each.
“That’s an O?”, Abby asks.
“No, that’s a C”, I correct. “And this, this is a period. It goes on the end of sentences, like this”, I show her as I type some words in the box, finishing with punctuation.
“Next,” as I end the lesson, “is the most important part. Pay close attention. Watch Mommy click here to post this crucial status update about socks to Twitter.” Now that we have the basics, tomorrow I’ll begin explaining to my 3 year old how she can increase her Klout.