The Houston Family Examiner recently had the opportunity to talk to parenting expert, Jeannette Kaplun on using technology to make the most of making moms (and mother figures) feel special on Mother's Day.
When I asked Jennette about the comment that some people believe that using technology, seems a little impersonal, she made a number of good points. Technology makes your gift or greeting incredibly personal. Each aspect of it whether it's a picture, image, drawing or video is made just for that person and features them and you, your children, your family and each of the special memories. It also include the time that you and/or you and your family take to create this special gift or greeting. Mom can play your greeting over and over again and enjoy it as much as they want.
How about getting kids involved in a Mother's Day surprise. How can we get kids involved whether they are shy or outgoing? What are some parenting tips to make this the best possible experience for the children as well as give grandma a wonderful experience.
Some of the tips shared include:
Give the children specific tasks when creating a video or doing an electronic meeting with grandma - as them to read a poem, sing a song, share their grades or do a dance. Assign to them something personal and exciting about their lives showing how special each of them are. Next, make sure they know everyone has to take turns and when their greeting and share is done it's time for the next person.
There are a number of women out there who have made many men and women the people they are today. These can be bonus moms, mother figures, and step moms. Jeannette Kaplun shared with me some ways to make their day special. Create a photo album or slideshow of special times you spent together, or let them know how their love, encouragement and support helped you achieve a dream you have. No matter what you do, show them how special they have been to you and your life.
Assigning tasks, using simple technology available to you and keeping the kids on track are all ways to successfully create a very special greeting and memory for moms and mother figures. Not only is it personal, but it's something they can watch and enjoy again and again.
Jeannette Kaplun is an award-winning journalist, spokesperson, TV personality and internationally recognized parenting expert, has over 18 years of experience on TV, radio, online media and as a published author. In 2012 she launched her bilingual platform for Hispanic women, Hispana Global. There she shares tips about parenting, beauty, fashion, travel, technology and videos in English and Spanish. You can connect with her on Twitter (@jeannettekaplun) and on Facebook.