My thumbs are tired. My eyes feel strained. I get migraines. My attention span is out the window.

Since my BlackBerry came into my life, I can’t put it down. I even sneak a few peaks in the middle of the night. Before Mr. BlackBerry and I met, I never even awoke during the night.

I feel like I’m cheating. Always trying to check it without getting busted. But the worst part about my “other” relationship is how it disrupts my life with my kids.


When we’re playing on the floor, my BB is always perfectly positioned. My son is even programmed to check and make sure I have my BB every time we get out of a taxi. He learned to do that after I paid more for a taxi driver to bring my lost phone back to me than the cost of a new one.

My BlackBerry is like my third son, the baby of the family who always has my attention. Eating breakfast with my kids, so is my BB. Watching a show with my kids, so is my BB. On the playground, yep, there I am, BB in hand.

It has taken over my life. Always looking for that blinking red signal of a new message, text or BBM. Mr. BB even accompanies me to the bathroom!

And God forbid an e-mail comes in. What would happen if I didn’t reply right away? Why can’t I be present with my kids, and make the interrupter wait?

A “day off” from work is simply impossible because I’m never, ever without my BlackBerry.

Weekends and vacations are no exception; I’m now in full panic that I won’t have service on an upcoming family vacation.

I’m excited to be a part of the new world of technology but my BB needs to stop ruling my life and interrupting my time with my kids. I’m just not sure how.

– Moms and the City is comprised of Denise Albert, Melissa Gerstein and Raina Seitel Gittlin, three mothers who are also working media professionals. E-mail

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