Yet again, a friend mentions a great tip and I respond by blurting out THAT'S A PARENT HACK! CAN I WRITE IT UP? I've confused more than one acquaintance this way because so few people in my day-to-day parenting life know about Parent Hacks. What's a parent hack? A clever parenting tip? Oh, ok, whatever, sure. Really? You think that would help someone? You have a blog?
I picked this one up at a birthday party. The parents of the birthday girl are doctors and they work different shifts so they can share the child care duties.
Each parent has a cell phone, but the phones are attached to roles, not people. There's the "home" cell phone and the "work" cell phone, and each parent grabs whichever phone fits his or her role for the day.
This way, the parent at work doesn't get calls about playdates, and the person at home doesn't get professional calls. Much logistical confusion and time waste are avoided. So smart!
This brings up the question of person-specific calls — that is, if I want to reach Alice whether she's at work or at home, which number do I call? That's what voicemail forwarding is for, right?
I'm thinking this is a great idea for some co-working, co-parenting families. Not all, of course. SOME people I know are highly attached to their personal electronic devices Rael and his iPhone, but this could simplify matters in some cases. Right? Am I missing something?