Quality Time

1:08:00 PM

Picture courtesy of MindMake :: Very interesting article with App that helps manage phone usage

I catch myself more and more always having my phone attached to me. I am constantly scrolling through meaningless posts on Facebook or Instagram for absolutely no reason at all. Is it out of boredom? Or do I really care about all of the things that I see every time I open it up on my screen? I honestly don't even know. Probably a combo.

Growing up in the late 80s early 90s there were obviously no cell phones and so I feel like I need to make a conscious effort to disconnect and put down the phone for the sake of my kids. I really do not want to have my boys grow up thinking that it is okay to always have a phone in their hand. I do not want to be a hypocrite by telling them to put their devices away, when I myself have the same problem. What a simpler time it was growing up before Facebook and the beginning phases of the internet. We used encyclopedias (yes, REAL books) for research papers and talked to our friends on this ancient device called a land line. It was magical! I honestly wish my kids could grow up like this. Except, maybe I will give them the internet for school work (I would have LOVED Google growing up).

Obviously, I do a lot of work from my phone and I need social media to stay connected as well as market my business, but there is no need to constantly update my feed all day long. Saying this, my husband and I had a conversation about this topic just the other night and have decided for us and our family that after the work day is complete we will be putting our phones away. That's right! No phones after approximately 5PM!

For me, I think this will help to be more present and in the moment with my kids. To actually play with them more and take the time to listen and hear more of what they have to say.

The other day Gabriel and I were playing on the swing set in our back yard. I was not distracted by anything because I had left my phone in the house and it was just me and him outside. As he's swinging, he looks over at me and says, "Mommy, I really love you. Mommy, do you know you are the best mommy." My heart could have burst it was so full. I realized in that moment, that he craves this time with me. Something so simple as pushing him on a swing (with no device in sight) made him feel so loved. I want him to feel this always!

So for now, I am putting down the phone. Unplugging. And getting back to basics. Like, spending more QUALITY time with my kids and my husband. 

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