20 Aug
Smarter Parenting With Smartphones

The Mouthy Housewives are a chatty bunch, so our commitment to our smartphones is no surprise. What was a surprise is how quickly Marinka leapt to her feet, pushed the other Housewives out of the way and said, “I got this one,” when an opportunity to review the LG Connect 4G Android smartphone and MetroPCS, the nation’s most affordable 4G LTE service came up. The other Mouthy Housewives don’t know what hit them. (It was Marinka’s elbow as she grabbed the phone.)

Here’s what she has to say about it:

My kids are 11 and 14, and I simply can’t imagine parenting them without a smartphone. We are in contact throughout the day at my request/insistence, including a quick text announcing their arrival once they reach school. My daughter keeps in contact with me when she’s leaving school, whether to go to a friend’s house or the gym or after-school team sport practice. My son texts me from playdates and sleepovers, checking in with me periodically. I find that kind of ability to keep in touch a safety feature. And because I know my kids will be checking in by text, they have more autonomy than I may have otherwise given them.

I have no idea how my parents raised me without a smartphone. Checking in is teaching my kids responsibility, but it also helps maintain a connection between us during days we don’t see each other until later in the day. There are days when the texts are flying; we are making plans for the weekend, looking forward to vacation, or even my favorite, “What’s for dinner?” followed by an implied groan. But as much as I love my smartphone, I don’t want to pay a lot for it, because let’s face it, it takes a lot of cash to make my hair this blonde.

And for reasons I still don’t understand, cash doesn’t grow on trees. So I love the fact that MetroPCS has the nation’s most affordable 4G LTE plan, starting at $40, with taxes and regulatory fees included. In fact, if you go for the MetroPCS LG Connect 4G and the $70 plan, you can save nearly $750 a year with MetroPCS’s no-contract 4G LTE in comparison to the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid.

The phone itself is gorgeous — the LG Connect 4G is an Android with a crystal-clear 4” touchscreen that is great for viewing pictures, video, and browsing online content. And for receiving texts from your children with things like, “Forgot my lunch. Bring to school now. Hungry.” Even if you get the text while in the process of getting highlights.

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90 Responses to “Smarter Parenting With Smartphones”

09.03.12#1

Comment by Tina M.

my kids dont have a cell phone yet

09.03.12#3

Comment by Jody S.

I call and text my kids when I need to communicate with them. I also text my husband throughout the day. I like how it allows me to let them know I am thinking of them and hoping that they are having a wonderful day.

09.04.12#4

Comment by Amber L.

At this point we mainly just use old fashioned cell phones (the ones that don’t text very easily) because of the $$ factor. However, this phone actually sounds like it could be affordable!

09.04.12#5

Comment by Jodi.

My kids don’t have cell phones yet and actually I don’t have a smartphone yet either, just a phone with texting. But, my husband and I talk about how we’re going to have to upgrade once the kids get phones because it seems essentially to surviving in today’s society. I can’t imagine not checking in with them throughout the day!

09.04.12#6

Comment by Vicky Ess.

Texting — they never pick up my phone calls anyway when they’re out!

09.04.12#8

Comment by Carolyn.

My kids are too young for phones, but I think if they had them. We’d be texting.

09.06.12#9

Comment by carmen.

I don’t have teens but I’d imagine if I did that I’d prefer keeping in touch via call vs. text.

09.09.12#10

Comment by Sunshyn V.

I tweeted about this https://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/244689070276632576

09.09.12#11

Comment by Debbie B.

i talk and text my daughter daily
with my smartphone

09.09.12#12

Comment by Debbie B.

i tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/244863580812505088

09.09.12#13

Comment by Lisa Brown.

Text is the way they communicate with me throughout the day.
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

09.09.12#14

Comment by Lisa Brown.

https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/244873672333090816
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

09.09.12#15

Comment by Janice Cooper.

No phones

09.09.12#16

Comment by Janice Cooper.

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/244962754392375297

09.10.12#17

Comment by Gina M.

My son is only a toddler, but I think it’s a good idea to let kids have them in case of emergency.

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

09.10.12#18

Comment by Gina M.

tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/245162711154036738

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

09.12.12#19

Comment by Brandy.

Mostly text… I’m not a fan of talking on the phone!

09.13.12#20

Comment by Leslie.

My kids don’t have cell phones, yet. They aren’t really old enough. But, I think they could definitely be a parenting advantage!

09.14.12#21

Comment by Betty C.

Well, I’m not sure I can weigh in with a response that meets the criteria. I don’t own a smartphone; I don’t text and my children are adults so I don’t always talk to them every day. I raised my children during a much easier time. We knew all of our neighbors and our children’s friends and their families. Things are much more difficult now especially since children often have activities that consume many hours away from home.

09.15.12#22

Comment by Rebecca Graham.

I send text messages throughout the day to my children.

09.15.12#23

Comment by Kerry.

I usually call my kids from my smartphone since we don’t have an unlimited texting plan.

09.15.12#24

Comment by Ashley Tucker.

I don’t have kids, I contact others by texting usually.
ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

09.15.12#25

Comment by Ashley Tucker.

https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/246977386959216640

ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

09.15.12#26

Comment by nannypanpan.

my kiddo is too little for a phone of his own, but he does like to call me on mine and gets mad that i don’t answer it
nannypanpan@gmail.com

09.17.12#27

Comment by Tina M.

My kids don’t have phones yet

09.18.12#29

Comment by Tabathia B.

I keep in contact with my older kids by text if they are on the go but I prefer to speak to them verbally
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

09.18.12#30

Comment by Tabathia B.

tweet
https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/247915884272828417
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

09.18.12#31

Comment by Betty C.

Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/247937707421073410

09.18.12#32

Comment by Stephanie.

my daughter is to young yet to have one

09.18.12#33

Comment by melinda.

no phones yet…some day 🙂

09.18.12#34

Comment by melinda.

tweeted
https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/248137819518824448

09.18.12#35

Comment by sean.

not phones for little ones yet

09.20.12#36

Comment by Christina Tong.

I get in touch with my kids via my smartphone a couple times a week, I like to talk on the phone but they like text, I usually left the voice mail and got text back!

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

09.20.12#37

Comment by Christina Tong.

I tweeted about this promotion: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/248703195319238656

09.20.12#38

Comment by angie lilly.

I don’t have kids, so this is not an issue I have. If I did have kids, I would use a variety of texts and calls to stay in touch and keep track of them though.

09.24.12#40

Comment by BETH B.

i dont have a smart phone but I do have texting on my phone & my daughter & I are always texting even when shes in her room doing homework she will text me for snacks

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