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Happy Birthday Emma

Today is my daughters 11th birthday. Happy birthday Emma. I love you.

I marvel at the generational technology changes that are happening.

When I was 11 my media consumption consisted of comic books and Saturday morning cartoons. I rarely ever used the phone.

Today Emma has a Palm Centro, her own Gmail account that she uses regularly and her own HP Mini netbook.

Jen had showed Emma how to stream Netflix so while we were moving and I had yet to hook up the TV the kids were streaming Shark Week on her 8 inch mini (I guess it was better than nothing).

I can’t tell you how proud I am of my daughter. She’s smarter than I was (note Emma I said was, you’re not smarter than me yet), unquenchably curious and reads more than both of her parents combined.

Kids today are plugged in and empowered. It can be scary for parents to let their kids loose on the net. I personally believe there’s more benefit than risk. We set ground rules we talk honestly about the risks and what to stay away from. Besides it’s not any scarier than the thought of having a teenage daughter.

In the constant debate about if tactileness is generational or not, it’s  interesting to note that Emma, who has never known life without the Internet, asked for books (the printed kind) and calligraphy supplies.

I don’t know what most tween girls are asking for (probably Jonas Brothers stuff) but this tells me two things:

  1. Tactile learning is an important part of learning and development and will never completely go away, even if it’s just becomes the new “vinyl”.
  2. I have the coolest and smartest daughter in the known universe. (It’s a proven fact I think it’s even on Wikipedia).

Maybe she’s about ready for her own blog? Or is that more of 12 year old birthday gift? :)

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  • http://twitter.com/TJSonOfAnder T.J. Anderson

    I'm pretty sure that she could set up her own blog if she wanted to. That doesn't sound like much of a birthday gift.

    Happy Birthday Emma.

  • http://www.newcommbiz.com tacanderson

    Oh sure she could set up a free one on wordpress.com or something but to
    have a hosted one with her own domain and own theme is much cooler, although
    maybe just to her dad :)

  • richtaylor

    Happy Birthday Emma

    Your favorite Uncle-in-Law can't wait to take you to a Mariners game. I didn't get my own cell phone until 2003, just before my 23rd birthday.

  • Emma A

    daddy- Thaaank you daddy! mom was impressed that you “blogged on your business blog on which you only blog about business.” when she said that, I guess that i was impressed to. i love you dad, I hope you have a good day at work ;-)
    T.J- hey T.J., how is texas? thank you for supporting me, but i really don't think that i need a blog yet. it would just cut down on reading time. i love you to.
    rich- sure, take me to a game, but i'm warning you right now, 1 of two things could happen, the first si that i would zoink out. #2 is that i would really like it. oh, by the way, how many times do i have to tell you that i have no favorites. thank you for wishing me a happy birthday and i love you to. ( i feel like i am writing thank you cards!)

    Emma Anderson

  • http://www.newcommbiz.com/dear-book-publishers-heres-how-to-get-me-to-switch-to-ebooks/ Dear Book Publishers, Here’s How to Get Me To Switch to ebooks.

    [...] my book cases at home full of books or even the books Jen and the kids buy. We buy a lot of books. Emma and I both have this bad habit of reading multiple books at the same time and as we travel during [...]

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