Family Matters

Family Matters
by Weiner Family Studios

How many times have you been to a restaurant and witnessed each family member on some form of technology and not talking with one another?  Probably too many times!!!  What happened to good old family conversation?  Or while driving in the car, you ask your child how their day was and it is always a one word response.  How have families become so disconnected?  Oh yeah, our children are growing up in a world of many forms of technology.  Weiner Family Studios has designed a solution that still incorporates what everyone loves – technology, but doesn’t loose the communication that every family needs to maintain.

Applicable2U loves the name of this family tested app because families should matter no matter what!  At times, Applicable2u’s own family has been caught being “that family” where  one of the adults, if not both, are on our hand held devices.  What is this doing for my family – NOTHING!!  It is just modeling to my son that technology is more important than spending quality time with each other regardless of where we happen to be.  So why do we think Family Matters is applicable to you?   Are we being hypocritical to offer a solution with what is initially causing the problem? Depending on the age of your children, parents sometimes need that “creative push” to stimulate conversation.  Family Matters is just stimulating, it’s not babysitting in any way.  This family designed application is not one to be used for long periods of time.  In just 5-15 minutes one question from Family Matters can spark several moments of conversation which then turns into wonderful memories.

What sets this application apart from all others is that it provides open ended questions to spark serious or funny conversations. Questions or activities are broken into six different categories: General, Restaurant, Road Trip, Dr. Office, Airport and In a Line. If you happen to have younger children, parents can select and read questions or actions.  Once the question is read, each family member then responds in a round robin format. This is the time to listen and encourage each other.  It gives the user(s) the ability to journal family responses and to highlight those moments when your kids “say the darndest thing.”  In addition, with an Apple device that has a camera, a picture can be taken of that moment in time as well.  Questions or activities can be saved to a “Favorites” folder, emailed to a friend, shared via Twitter and/or Facebook. Wish you could supply your own question or action?  Open your bookmarks tab and a family can then manage and add their own activities. Favorites can be quickly accessed and if necessary items can be deleted.

One might call this the family version of “Truth or Dare” that we as adults all played when we were kids. Applicable2U is excited to see what direction this application takes us during those silent moments in life.  We encourage you to visit the Weiner Family Studios website to watch a demo or to learn more about this family development group.  If your family needs a little flame to regain the communication, then visit Family Matters in your iTunes Library today!


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