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November 28, 2012

Parent Pill: Have you a Zap for Apps?

I love Doctor Seuss books. I always enjoy the clever way this iconic author uses rhyme and meter to tell a story in a way that is certain to capture a child’s attention and stimulate the imagination. When my daughters were young, these were my favorite books to read aloud.

If they had trouble choosing, I would always default to “Green Eggs and Ham” or “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Selfishly, the books made bedtime a bit more fun for me too with all those Gacks and Yings and Sneeds and Things. And who can forget Marvin K. Mooney? I don’t know if he ever did get on his way, that Marvin K!

Back to Seuss, whom I have a new admiration for now that I’ve decided his children’s classics can be applied to teens as well. In fact, with just a little tweak here and there — forgive me, good doctor — I’ve taken “One Fish, Two Fish” and decided to make it a bit more relevant to my life with two teenagers, who have deemed the adults in our home largely irrelevant when compared to their electronic devices.

Yes, after 13 and 15 years of making our daughters the epicenter of our universe, they have relegated us to mere accessories. We become important only when we are serving a specific purpose — like buying them something, driving them somewhere or figuring out what we can drop from our monthly budget so we can afford their data plan. Oh, I’m also OK when I can take a picture of them doing something completely random and inane with their friends so they can post it on Instagram or Snapchat as a memento of their special evening eating “FroYo” or watching “Abby Lee’s Dance Competition.” These are moments they’ll want to relive in adulthood I’m sure.

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