Surviving Summer Vacation With and Without Technology

Balancing screen time and sunshine

Todays world is full of parents who work from home. For the past nine years, I’ve been one of them.

When summer vacation arrives, it comes with new challenges. Our home offices are no longer the sacred, quiet spaces that we love and thrive in.

While some build a writing shed or a tiny house to escape the squeals of the summertime kids (and it is something I dream of doing), it isn’t a viable option for most.

Thankfully I don’t have to worry about the technology side of the equation.

Having Verizon FiOS insures that even when my son is playing Destiny on our Xbox or League of Legends on the computer, while my daughter is binge watching her latest show via Netflix on her iPad or scrolling through iFunny on her phone and I’m conducting a webinar that none of us misses a beat. I always giggle a bit when I see commercials talking about internet speeds slowing down at home depending on the usage. It just isn’t something I’ve ever experienced in a long time.

That being said, I also want to make sure that my kids don’t spend their entire summer vacation in front of screens.

The easiest way to fix this is to turn off your router every so often. Be warned that this is not the best idea in the world and you are sure to have some grumpy kids if they ever find out you did it, but it does work.

A better idea is to get away from the screens yourself and get outside. Getting your yard work done early so you can put a kayak in the water or go for a hike is always a great idea.

We also require the kids to spend a minimum of thirty minutes every day reading.

With the invention of summer reading lists (I never had one as a kid) it makes this easier. Especially this summer when my daughter has to read Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies for her AP History class. Setting up a hammock in the backyard makes this not so much of an “c’mon dad!” chore.

My kids are teenagers, so their phones are permanent accessory that go with everything. Getting them to put it away is a losing battle and I have a feeling it is a battle many parents may be fighting.

Here are a few apps that I’d suggest installing so that their phone can be used for more than chatting with their friends.

Sky Map (Android) or Star Walk (iOS) are both great for checking out the night sky and perhaps sparking a love of astronomy.

Last year on our roadtrip, we used Roadtrippers (sadly only iOS) a ton to get the kids involved with finding fun stops along the way. This is a great way to keep them from complaining on the next long car ride. 🙂

Finally, if you want them to start using their phone camera for more than only taking selfies, encourage them to install one of the many camera apps that are available. I personally recommend Camera Zoom FX on Android or Camera+ on iOS. Either will give them full control over their camera and can start their love of photography. I’m also a huge can of VSCO Cam for post production of photos to make them different than most.

At the end of the day, technology is a beautiful thing. Being surrounded by it empowers me to do the work I do, but at the same time I don’t want my kids to be slaves to it this summer.

Something new we are trying this year is we had the family make a “Summer Beach Bucket List” that is hanging in our kitchen.

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Everyone is encouraged to write down things they wanted to do this summer. As you can see, it includes everything from activities we want to do, to several restaurants we keep forgetting to try.

You’d be amazed at how open the kids have been anytime we announce, “ok lets check one of these off!” and head out to do it.

It would be so easy to just let our kids enjoy their screens all summer because it means you’d be able to get your work done without distractions. But, we all know that isn’t the best use of our parenting skills and we need to make sure they get away from them.

Plus, don’t forget that away from screen time is good for you as well.

How do you balance screen time with sunshine during summer vacation?

Disclosure – I am a member of the #LifeOnFiOSVZWBuzz  influencer teams from Verizon. From time to time they provide me with services, gadgets, information and experiences in exchange for articles focused on my digital life style. I control the topics, words, thoughts and everything else. They just get to read and share them. 🙂

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Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters, and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing, and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


Helping others learn and inspiring them to achieve their goals is the most fulfilling thing I do. As a Visting Instructor of Business and Management at Wheaton College and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications at Bentley University I get to do this with the next generation. I’ve also developed and taught courses for LinkedIn, CreativeLive, and Treehouse.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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