My son, the twelve-year-old, is a technocrat, in other words, he wants everything to be exact and well-defined. In the past I would give him a list of chores to do. I would tell him what I wanted and invariably, he would “forget” half the list. When we would ask him to write the list down it would take forever. Now I send him a text message of the chores I want him to do. This works wonderfully! We get to tell him exactly what we want done, it is there for him to see and we have record of exactly what was asked. It makes it easier to determine what was done and whether or not things were completed.
Most smart phones have features that create photos, videos and voice recordings. My son loves, absolutely loves, those features. When his little sisters are getting on his nerves, he turns on the voice recorder or video recorder to capture the entire incident. While these recordings help his sisters get in trouble more often, he gets in trouble less often because he has to be good on the recording since it is evidence.
In addition, the Skype feature is great when we go to the store to get things for other family members. Instead of being confused about what a person wants, it is easy to call each other via Skype, show the items in question and get questions answered. It is so cool! These are just a few of the ways our family uses our smart phones to communicate in smarter and quieter manner!
It is fantastic to find ways to use your technology to make life easier at home by using some tricks from work. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, how are you going to use your phone to make life better at home?
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