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  1. I love this post! This is very much like me, except that I don’t have the excuse of working from home to blame for my internet usage. I will make a plan and conscious effort to spend more time being present with my kids and less time looking at them over the top of my Macbook.

    p.s. I find it very ironic that right below the article is the part where you sign up for email updates from this site! ha!

  2. Great article. You know what drives me more crazy? When parents hand over their cellphones to their babies to keep them entertained. I cringe when I see drool forming on expensive electronic gadgets. I’ve seen so many babies holding ipads lately, it makes me sick!

  3. Good for you Hollie! I think we all are guilty of this from time to time, and I’m sure glad someone has spoken up about it. My husband drives me insane with this, we even go to visit his dad in the hospital and he just has his nose stuck in his phone the whole time. He seems not to realize this is rude! As I sit at the dinner table with my two and four year old (8 week old doesn’t sit at the table yet, lol), and my husband is sat staring at his phone, I can just see the future of our family in years to come without any communication. Thank you for this, I am now more determined to try to fix this before it’s too late.

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My husband and I are both guilty of this and reading this was a reminder! Good for you!!!!

  5. Hollie! Thank you for writing on this topic! I am guilty of it as well, and it is a constant struggle. My husband just last week resolved to not be on his smart phone when the kids are around, and Ai need to do the same. It really does take time away from them! Again, thanks for your post, and have a fabulous time with your daughter! Memories for life! 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for this post! I’m guilty of this too! I bet you’re a super fun mommy for your kids. Thank you for all the hours you’ve poured into this blog, and especially the video reviews.
    This is a comvicting post, and also such an encouragement! Thanks again, Hollie and enjoy your mommy-daughter trip!

  7. Good for you! I was jealous before of the business you’ve built around something you love, but now I’m even more jealous because you’ve found a way to evolve it into something you love to do with your kids. Sigh…

  8. Hollie, you are doing the right thing, and I think we can all agree and understand. I read that article yesterday, and I did feel badly about it. The way I see it, if I didn’t need a smartphone before they existed, why do I need one now, and let alone having it near me at all times? Yesterday instead of checking work e-mail or FB I put the phone away and spent 100% quality time with my little girl. In reality, there’s a time and place to be on that device, and it shouldn’t be when I am with my daughter, especially when I’m working full-time and our time spent together should be considered precious time. I’ll check out your site on my commute into or out of the Loop. 🙂 Thank you for keeping it real, girl!

  9. You only get once shot at raising your kids right. What does it matter if u made a great review on a stroller, if you failed as a mom in the end.

  10. I wholeheartedly agree with this post and I am guilty as charged! I have challenged myself to give my kids more me time, and less time to the addiction devices.

  11. it is a real struggle, especially when everything can feel so urgent (and interesting). i decided just today that i CANNOT work on computer-related projects unless it’s during ‘rest time.’ we’ll see how it goes for me… i’m guessing it’s going to take a lot of self-discipline.

  12. I work from home as well and while this gives me the flexibility I love to be a full time Mom for my little girl. I’ve realized I’m in the same boat, especially when she’s handling my work blackberry and tells me “Just a minute Mommy, I’m checking my email.” She’s 3, she shouldn’t know what email is!

  13. I just read an article yesterday just like this. It’s a great wake up call for everyone! Thanks for your honesty!

    AND — I absolutely LOVE that you have branched out to the cooking and traveling ventures. It’s made me read your site more!!

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