Enabling Family Computer Safety Protocols


In retrospect, we’ve been pretty lax around here with computer security.

The kids are allowed to use our computers, including my laptop which I keep in the living room, the desktop upstairs in my office and the laptop that my mother gave us and that we allow the kids to use on the kitchen table.

The kids are allowed to go to sites like SpellingCity.com and GamesGames.com. They are not supposed to stay on the computer for extended periods of time.

I admit though, after being cooped up in the house last week with all the snow, I turned a blind eye to the computer time.


This situation became clear last night after I sent my son to bed. On a whim, I went back to his room to check on him — and discovered him surfing a game site from the top bunk. With the computer that’s supposed to be on the kitchen table. Somehow, he’d managed to sneak the computer out of the kitchen while I was sitting right there in the living room. Ack!

So, I’ve taken the computer away. And I’ve changed all the administrator passwords on all the computers in the house and setup individual accounts for both kids. I’ve turned the parental controls on in those accounts and set them so that the the kids can only login to their accounts from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They’ll have no computer time on Wednesday and can be logged in between noon and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

We have church on Sunday, so I disabled their accounts from logging in that day as well. There’s more important things to do on Sunday.


I’ve also turned on all web filtering I could find and setup the game rating system.

Let the little stinkers try to sneak a late night surf fest now…

Our Secret To A Happy Marriage?

My husband — heretofore known as DH — and I will have been married 14 years in March.

First marriages that end in divorce last about 8 years, on average, according to Census.gov http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p70-97.pdf

So we’ve got that beat.What’s our secret?

Well, I guess you could say that we’re both stubborn, we do care about one another, we attend church and study the Bible together and we don’t consider divorce an option.

Now, that doesn’t mean that everything is happy flower kitty land over here. We have our moments. There are times when I’m steaming mad at him and he’s steaming mad at me.

I don’t like his communication style. He doesn’t like mine.

But we’re starting to learn to appreciate those differences, understand them, respect them and work with them.

I figure in another 14 years, I’ll have him almost completely trained.

How ’bout you? How long have you been married and what’s your secret?

Long time, no write

Whew! Work has been keeping me busy. Yea!!! I’m still in the process of setting up Digital Mamas. I’m not sure I’m happy with the software I chose. So, I might be scraping in and transferring to pMachine or Expression Engine. We shall see.

In the meantime, I must show off my sweet little girl:

One of these Days…

…I will be back to write again. We have finally moved back to Oklahoma. Tomorrow, we are travelling back to Kansas City to sign the papers on the sell of our home. In one way, I am relieved to be rid of it, in another, I am sad to see it go.

Oh well. Time to start over again.

Long Time, No See….

Trying to get ready to move and take care of a sick baby don’t mix. So, I haven’t had much time to snoop around for interesting news tidbits, much less post.

We took AW to the doctor yesterday and apparently, she has the Coxsackie Virus. She has the blisters in her mouth, according to the doctor, but none on her hands and feet.

This all started Saturday evening. She suddenly vomited, forcefully — and continued to do so about every hour for the next six hours. She was also having diarrhea every few hours.

We called the nurseline with our insurance company. They said all we could do is keep her hydrated. (She was nursing fine between naps, but then throwing the milk up 30 minutes later.) The nurse wanted me to take her off breastmilk and feed her pedialyte or some homemade concoction involving infant rice. Yuck! And that’s insane. Breast milk is the perfect food for her — especially when she is sick.

I must admit though, I was very worried and thought for a minute that maybe I should get some pedialyte, although I suspected she would not drink it. I asked at a parenting message board what the members thought and got mixed results.

So, I googled up some breastfeeding your sick baby information from a site I know to be reputable. Her recommendation made sense — so I continued to nurse Aimee a little bit every few minutes (when she was awake) and sent my husband to buy Gatoraide for me.

Michelle’s Note (2.10.11): There was more to this story, but it was not stored in the archive.