Talking to parents of older kids makes me want to build a machine that will stop time in its tracks. While I look forward to my kids getting older (kinda), there is so much comfort in their ages right now and not having to question where they are at all times, who they’re with and what antics they’re up to.
offers one such service that utilizes the mobile phones in a family’s
own network to figure out where the owner of that phone is.
daughters. Once, after she couldn’t locate her daughter at school pick-up one day, through FamilyMap she discovered that she was at dance class a few miles away. Turns out the last-minute text her daughter had sent her didn’t go through. (Though what’s with that, ATT?)
can only imagine the panic that might have ensued had FamilyMap not been
an option for her.
helpful is that you can schedule the device to alert you automatically
when your kids reach their intended destination, giving you peace of
mind knowing when new drivers or new walk-by-myself grade schoolers are where they’re supposed to be.
to be like in a couple years when my own kids are older, more independent
and don’t need me to drive them all the time.
Something like the FamilyMap may be a welcome addition to my arsenal of
technology. In the meantime, I’m going to hit the drawing board on that
time machine. -Jeana