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Mondays with Marnie | Give Me Your Phone!

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

GIVE ME YOUR PHONE!

Want to see a kid go absolutely crazy? Say those 4 little words. “Give me your phone.” Other statements like, “You’re grounded” and “Go to your room” have lost their power. I am pretty sure that being sent to their bedroom is almost a reward these days. I find myself telling my kids to get out of their rooms and to come be with the family. Can you imagine the horror of having to physically be in the same space as your family members and even be asked to look them in the eye to carry on a conversation? My request is usually met with something like, “OMG, why are you being so weird?” or “Are you serious?”

When my older kids (22yr and 20yr) were in middle school, if they were caught using their phone during school, the teacher would take the phone and it could only be picked up by a parent. After a few times of having to go to school to retrieve their precious phones, I decided that they would have to “earn” my services. It was no longer assumed that I would drop everything to get the phone back before school closed for the day.  The idea of not having their phone until the next day caused extreme anxiety and probably a rash. To be fair, I gave them a heads up of the new program. The next time they needed to “hire” me to pick up a phone, I would happily do that under one condition. They would have to meet me at my car and walk in with me holding hands. They couldn’t stop holding my hand until we got back in the car. It also had to look like they wanted to hold my hand. No eye rolling, loose grips or bad attitudes allowed. It happened to both of them once. Miraculously, they quit getting their phones taken up at school. Honestly, I was a little bummed because embarrassing my teenagers is one of my favorite things about being a mom. 

Happy Hand Holding! 

TEA IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

MARKET STATS

Big second home real estate markets like Tahoe, Monterey County, The Hampton’s, Aspen, Fairfield County Connecticut, The Jersey Shore, Upstate New York and Palm Springs have all seen unprecedented growth this year. Inventory is low, demand is high and people who have the funds to move out of cities and snatch up some acreage are doing so. Peter Colbert is having a record year also in SONOMA county, regardless of wildfires with pending sales up 27% from June through August 2020 versus the same period in 2019. (SF GATE)

HAPPENING IN HOUSTON: 

“LET’S RODEO!”
2020 Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo Hog Show – FFA Pavilion

Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:00 am – 11:00 am. Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds 7902 Fairmont Pkwy | Pasadena, TX | 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Hogs Move In | 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Hogs Weigh In | 9:00 AM – Hog Show

HOW POWERFUL IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

Instagram now has:

1 billion active monthly users |500-plus million daily active users |500-plus million daily active Instagram Stories users |25-plus million businesses on Instagram |4.2 billion Instagram likes per day

CURRENTLY I’M… 

Recommending This Movie:
Ever wonder how we are being slowly shaped and influenced by AI? A few friends had mentioned this movie to me and I decided to watch it this weekend. It won an award at The Sundance Film Festival and is a must watch for all of us, in my humble opinion.

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