Weekly Web Round-Up: Week of June 1, 2012

Feeling guilty about going back to work and leaving your new baby with a nanny or day care provider? Michele Zipp, blogger for CafeMom, knows just how you feel, and her advice is “just don’t let it get to you.”

“We hired a lovely woman who came highly recommended by another family who had twins and she became like family. Though I still had the guilt. Worried they loved her more. Sad that I would maybe miss the first step, the first word, the little moments that should be mine. … But you establish a relationship with the person (or people) who care for your baby while you are away and it’s using the “village” to raise a child. It does take a village.”


Lori Anne Madison, a brilliant 6-year-old from Lake Ridge, Virginia, is the youngest contestant to qualify for, and compete in, the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN.

Lori Anne Madison; AP

Lori Anne Madison, the youngest contestant ever to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Lori Anne was disqualified in the second round of the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee for misspelling the word “ingluvies” meaning “the crop of a bird or insect.” Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old from San Diego, California, won the spelling bee with the word “guetapens” meaning “ambush, snare, or trap.”


Are you worried about your kids becoming a teenager and logging into Facebook for the first time? According to Los Angeles Times, Facebook is becoming a thing of the past for teens. Sites like Tumblr and Twitter are becoming more popular with teens because “older people are the ones driving much of Facebook’s growth. Users age 50 to 64 made up nearly a quarter of Facebook’s audience in March.”

“When Facebook got started, Paris Hilton was wearing a velour tracksuit,”  [Erika Brooks] Adickman said. “At some point Facebook will become the velour tracksuit. There is just a constant evolution, whether it’s what’s going on in fashion or what’s going on the Internet.”


Boston based photographer Jessica McDaniel recently blogged about spending too much time on her iPhone while she is with her daughters.

“‘Do you think I should make a promise not to use my phone when I’m hanging out with you and your sister?’  I almost wanted to grab the words and stuff them back inside my mouth as they hung there, heavy with promise.  But her face LIT up.  She smiled a huge smile, and said, without hesitation, ‘Yes!’”

 KJ Dell’Antonia over at Motherlode is jumping on board with the “smartphone free summer,” albiet somewhat modified. She’s proposing to keep her phone out of sight when she is having fun with her kids.

“I’m not detaching from e-mail, or even deleting apps. But the promise not to use my phone while we’re ‘hanging out?’ That’s a promise I’m ready to keep. I’ve already declared Saturdays a largely Internet-free zone (hey, sometimes you just need a corn bread recipe), and I can take that one further by dropping the phone in the glove box when I can, and walking away. And I can give my children permission to say, ‘Mommy, please put away your phone.’”

Do you think you could have a “smartphone free summer” with your kids?


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