Here we are on the Friday before Father’s Day. In this case, it’s my first Father’s Day as a dad. My son was born just a few months ago and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing being a dad. I have learned so many things since the little guy was born!
- Changing a little boy’s diaper requires you to be far more agile than I ever realized.
- Diapers are not as foolproof as once thought.
- Eight hours of continuous sleep is about as likely to happen as winning the lottery.
Despite these lessons, it has been an absolutely amazing time. What I really didn’t expect though, was how video collaboration would work its way into these early days of parenting. Recently a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, was home watching his recently born child. Said friend was not as “active” of a participant in child care as one would hope and on this particular day his wife was out with friends.
At around 2pm my phone beeps with a text. “Are you around? Help!” I quickly pick up the phone and call him. Apparently, my friend is unable to figure out the finer points of a diaper change. Really? Apparently his wife always handles it and he didn’t think to ask when she went out. So I say, let me show you. I fire up my iPad and connect to him via video. He’s on his smartphone and I quickly show him (with my son as a model) how to appropriately change a diaper. Crisis averted. Or so I thought.
About an hour later, he calls me back on video. “What about bottles?” Again, I’m dumbfounded. And because I’m somewhat of a mean guy, I decide I need to share his incompetence with another friend. So I quickly set-up a cloud meet-me room so the three of us can all meet over video and my other friend can see just how desperate this guy is. Ha. I’m terrible, I know. We successfully help him through the bottle and the crisis ends, again.
In all seriousness, it was amazing how video permeated through a casual Saturday at home. It made me realize just how ubiquitous this technology is becoming. I believe the key lesson learned here, for me anyway, is that video gives you the power to stay connected with business colleagues, family, and friends while providing the means of making fun of those you love most!
Happy Father’s Day!