A few days ago, while perusing Facebook, I came across this picture:
And immediately I felt convicted. How many times do I find myself sitting at the table eating breakfast with Huff the Babe with my coffee in one hand and my phone in the other? Or lying on the floor scrolling through Pinterest while my daughter plays with her blocks?
I know that I can’t entertain my kid 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I know she needs time to play independently; that’s how creativity blooms and problem-solving skills emerge. But what about those times that she needs to feel engaged? Those times that she craves my attention–and needs it. Is she getting what she needs from me?
I’ve done a “30-Day Digital Detox” before and it really helped my relationships and general mood. I think it’s time to bring that back. Only this time, it’ll be longer than 30 days. This time, it’ll be a lifestyle change.
I don’t want my kid to feel ignored. I want her to feel heard, loved, nurtured, and supported. I want her to know that she is more important to me than an electronic. I want her to know that I am here for her. Right now, she’s at the age that she’s absorbing EVERYTHING…the good and the bad.
Besides, if I put my phone down long enough, I can prevent episodes like this:
Do you ever feel like you need to detox from your phone? Join me in putting the phone away! We can do it!