For the 50 years that Anglian Homes has been in business, we looked at how our homes have changed since the swinging 60s.
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John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2030, work would be to a large extent replaced by leisure; he speculated that we would adopt a 15-hour week. Although these days people work over 40-hours a week, the technological leaps that our homes are experiencing from most homes owning a washing machine all the way to smartphone controlled central heating signal that a shift in work pattern is imminent.
Here are some ways that technology has changed the lives of the stay-at-home parent:
Home appliances becoming more common over the decades has enable for convenience foods to flourish. With fridges and freezers becoming popular in the mid-20th century and microwave ovens becoming common in the 1980’s – we’ve gone from the first fish fingers going on sale in 1955 to today buying them with an online shopping app and having them delivered to your door.
Staying in touch
Dave Hornby, owner of The DADventurer – a blog that flies the flag for stay-at-home dads, says it is easier to communicate and feel involved with people via social media, so home parenting is not as lonely as it once was. For couples with a single stay-at-home parent, Whatsapp and Skype make it easier to keep in touch during the day.
Looking after children
Dave adds that ‘TIVO is great, it means you can just put on re-runs of Peppa Pig all day!’. Ipads and smartphones add to the parental toolkit when keeping children busy. The mini-screen revolution allows for both new learning and gaming environments. The stay-at-home parent therefore has more time to themselves.
Working from home
Matt Goolding is Head of Digital Marketing at Ribbonfish who build cloud-based systems for businesses, helping them adopt a flexible and highly productive approach. He says:
‘Improvements in technology have revolutionised the way people work, and the ways in which employers approach their team’s productivity. Firstly, the introduction of fast broadband allows most people to access everything they need, wherever they are. This flexibility is also enhanced by 3G and 4G mobile connections.
As a result, many organisations have moved their operations to the cloud, meaning that business-critical systems are available from any device, anywhere with an internet connection (provided you have the right access levels). This is how stay-at-home parents really benefit, as they’re able to log in and work from home when they’re needed. Employers are becoming more open to the idea of working from home, but of course it depends on the nature of the job.’
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Technology has vastly improved the way we network over the past decade. Parents at home no longer feel isolated. They can communicate anytime on large parenting networks such as Mumsnet, or share advice on making and saving money from home on forums like The Money Shed.
Matt Goolding agrees with Keynes about the changing nature of work, the shift from the office to the home and therefore that stay-at-home parents have not finished experiencing a revolution in home improvement. He says:
‘The future is that working from home will be universally accepted trend – without any raised eyebrows, questions, or suspicions. Cloud-based time tracking tools mean that people have nowhere to hide, and employers can spot bad productivity whether it’s in the office or not. However, there will always be the need for some face-to-face collaboration, and it’s important to get the team together to bond – during work and after work!’
While homes have changed immensely in the past 50 years, it seems they still have some way to go. Technology will continue to make life for stay-at-home parents easier, which will surely make the world a happier place. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.