safety and a dance party

safety and a dance party

Written By

Shelley Smith

Nobody told me that when you become a parent for the first time, immediately your entire way of thinking changes. There’s literally an unattached piece of you in the world now and you can’t help but feel like you have to protect, love, and worry about it constantly.When our little family was just starting out, we thought about things like my husband graduating school and finding the right job. Then our life evolved a bit more, we had another baby, and all of a sudden we found ourselves too big for our tiny 2 bedroom house and on the hunt for a new place to call home.

While searching for a new home, we took a lot of things into account: location, size, affordability, and safety. We wanted to find a cozy little house in a good neighborhood, preferably close to our existing family and friends. After a few weeks of searching we came to the conclusion that for us to be able to get everything we wanted, we’d have to build a house of our own. Fast forward 4 months later and we had a great house in a great neighborhood that we were really excited about.

It’s been over 6 years now, and we still live in the same home. We’ve had a lot of fun decorating each space and making it our own. We’ve also loved having a house where we can all fit comfortably and spread out as our kids get older without the worry of running out of space.

That being said, the bedrooms in our home, like most, are somewhat divided. We’ve got an upstairs and a downstairs. For the majority of our time in this new house, we’ve had everyone sleeping on the same floor, but this past year we decided to move a few of our kids downstairs to utilize the bigger bedrooms and extra bathroom. Call me crazy, but even with just a flight of stairs between me and my kids, I started to lose that sense of safety I had felt for so long. The feeling of knowing that they were no longer just within a few feet’s distance of my own bedroom, in case I needed to get to them, was something that bothered both my husband and I about this new sleeping arrangement.

Finally, after too many sleepless nights, we decided that it was time to invest in a security system that had all the things we needed to instill that safety back into our minds. It only took us about a day of asking around about which company we should use when we decided to go with Vivint. After taking an extensive look into all of the options that Vivint carried, we knew that it was going to be the right system for us.



I can’t quite remember the exact time frame, but from the moment we called Vivint to figure out what options we could afford to the time that we had our entire system installed in our home, it was less than 24 hours. The customer service we received was outstanding, and the technician that installed and taught us the ins and outs of our new system was amazingly patient and helpful.

The funny thing about home automation systems, is that when you don’t have one, you think they’re unnecessary, but then the minute you get one, you quickly realize the sense of security and safety they bring along with them. Ironically, we found out that our system is completely necessary for us to sleep soundly at night or feel comfortable being far away from our home for a long period of time. For us, it has become one of those things in our lives that we didn’t know we needed until we had it. The overwhelming peace of mind that comes with being able to lock your doors if you forget, change your thermostat temperature up or down, turn lights automatically on and off, or actually take a physical, real-time look at your kids in the living room having a dance party—ALL straight from your smartphone—is probably the best feeling as parents and homeowners that you can get.


The small expense we pay each month for the renewed safety and peace of mind that we found goes along with installing our Vivint system this past year has been worth every penny, and the convenience of being able to access all of our Vivint features easily from our iPhones is really just an added bonus. It may sound a bit cliché, but the phrase “Better safe than sorry” comes to mind as I think about how glad we are that we took the leap to get our home automation system installed before we actually “needed” it.

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Feature photo courtesy of Laci Davis Photography