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Monday, December 11, 2006

Taking Your Work Home

Blackberries are apparently causing problems in families. Mom and Dad just can't leave it alone.

From the Wall Street Journal:
The refusal of parents to follow a few simple rules is pushing some children to the brink. They are fearful that parents will be distracted by emails while driving, concerned about Mom and Dad's shortening attention spans and exasperated by their parents' obsession with their gadgets.

I am blogging about this for three reasons. One, companies are not truly "Family friendly" if their employees are expected to be reachable all of the time. So, stop saying that you are.

Two, it really is rude to be using your Blackberry during other events. Your children's year end talent show is boring. Even your kid is not as talented as you like to think he is. And very few second grade choruses can sing harmony. Still, it is rude, rude, rude to be sending e-mails during the performance.

And three, to make Oliver glad that he read my blog today. Remember to limit blackberry time after Clara arrives.


Artk said...

I've hear them called Crack-berries because of the addictive quality.

Evil HR Lady said...

I've heard them referred to in the same way. I totally understand--I'm pretty sure I would get addicted if I had one. Which is mainly why I don't have one.

she said: said...

This article makes it seem like they were paying attention to their kids to begin with.

FHL said...

So far, I've been able to resist getting one from work because I really do want to have some time to myself. (And doggone it, I'm not taking my cell phone into the bathroom!)

Props to the site you mentioned at the end - I agree, that Winterbells game is fun! (The maker of it, Orisinal, has some other very cute (and very weird) games. Highly recommend.)

Oliver said...

Thanks for the shout out. Read your post on my way home from the office - on my BlackBerry. Don't worry, folks, I take public transport.

Definitely go check out Winterbells.

And I agree, BlackBerries do not belong in the bathroom!