Published on March 14, 2014 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
We’re all so attached to our devices these days. It’s hard not to take a quick peek at emails while your kids are playing at the park or posting an Instagram of the precious moment when the kids built a sand castle.
Unplugging from your devices while your children are present will help you connect with them better and show them you really care. Trust me, I struggle with this just as much as the next person.
I’m not saying to never pull out your camera phone to capture a moment for your scrapbook or not to answer that mid-day phone call from your husband. What I’m saying is don’t spend 24 hours a day on your devices. Detach and live in the moment! Trust me, you’ll remember the time when your child says a two-syllable word for the first time much better if you’re witnessing it with your eyes and not through your phone.
Tips for Easing Into the Unplugged Zone
Leave your phone in the car while you’re at the park, so you won’t even be tempted.
Between naptimes, shut down your computer (after you’ve browsed Pinterest for some craft ideas) and make something with your child.
Take a walk in your neighborhood without your phone. Talk about what you see!
Play a board game instead of turning on the television.
Make a fort. That always works without electronic devices!
It takes a while to get into a habit, so start slow and practice going to the park or play cars with your little boy without your phone present. It’s refreshing and I bet you and your children will notice the difference and feel better afterward, too.