Can you believe it? Another month is wrapping up and it’ll be summer before you know it. Before we get there, let’s dive right back into another speedlink.

Getting us started this month, Tamara Goyette recently took a fancy new SUV for a spin. In her review of the 2019 Acura RDX Elite, she points out that things are “definitely different” in this luxury SUV, especially seeing how it comes “loaded with tech.” From a heads-up display to dynamic drive modes, it’s one fancy vehicle. Based on my very brief time with it at the Vancouver International Auto Show last week, I’m definitely intrigued. Ready to step it up a notch?

As parents, we are constantly told that we should limit the screen time that our children get. I get that. But Erika Christakis brings up an equally valid point in that we also need to be concerned about parents’ screen time. Just because you are physically present with the child doesn’t mean you are fully present. If you’re too busy mindlessly scrolling through Facebook on your phone, what impact does that have on your child’s experience?

But we’ve also got to take care of ourselves. You can’t serve from an empty vessel, right? Leo Babauta of Zen Habits promotes the importance of making time for solitude. In all our efforts to be more efficient, effective and productive, we lose sight of and forget the value of just being alone. It’s been far too long since I’ve made some quiet time to myself and that needs to change.

Switching gears, we turn our attention to Anney Ha. Whether you’re a blogger, small business owner, or even a job seeker, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how search engines work. To that end, Anney spent some time discussing SEO with marketing students at Langara College here in Vancouver.

It takes a village. You don’t have to do it alone. Craig Silva of Big Daddy Kreativ asked 11 questions of fellow dad blogger Jason Dykstra of They Call Me Dad. Jason talks about his kids, his biggest challenges as a parent, and how what’s already doing is his career of choice. Now if only we can figure out how to balance work and family life.

And finally, Melody McKinnon offers some advice for how online influencers can find and pitch brands. You don’t have to be an Instagram model or a big-time YouTuber to do reasonably well for yourself as an online influencer. You just have to know where to look for (and who to ask about) potential partnership opportunities. There are some good networks, agencies and platforms mentioned in that post too.