Ah technology. I love it and hate it all at once. It gives us so many options to learn so much and be “connected” to so many people. It exposes us to new ideas and lets me share my 5 gillion look-how-cute-little-is-now pictures with most of the family with very little effort. On the other hand it is a time suck and probably melts my brain. Not to mention it seems to hate me and so I am constantly fighting with it.
Really the problem (for me) with technology though is that it is always there. No matter what time of day, or at this point thanks to my phone, where I am I can always be connected. I can always be multi tasking. Doing this while doing that. The thing is though I am really terrible at multi tasking. I don’t like to do it. I know that one thing will be neglected and yet I still try. Or its 9pm and I think I will just check Pinterest out real quick. HA! 2 hours later I blink and release myself from the glow of the screen take myself to bed. The next morning I wonder why I feel so tired and why didn’t anything get done last night.
I have heard several people talk about unplugging for a time or “going dark” and while I don’t desire to do that last night I did come to the understanding (acceptance) that something needed to change. I was looking on Pinterest for ideas for Little’s birthday party which I think I am going to document for the Bewitching home blog party, texting with my bff and ignoring the show that my hubby was watching on TV. (ok just in case you’re wondering Little was in bed) I was feeling cranky and tired but not sleepy. Oh gee I wonder why I had 3 screens flickering at me, and yet I wasn’t really doing anything. I wasn’t having tea with the bff. I wasn’t spending quality time with the hubs and I wasn’t working on a project or cleaning the house. I thought yeah this is not going to work. On top of that I have been realizing how cross I get when I try to do more than one thing at a time. Like check my email/ Facebook/ blog real quick while Little is playing.
So I made the decision to make myself a rule. No screen time while Little is awake. What a lofty and nobel goal. Guess how long it lasted? I woke up this morning and got Little dressed and at the table and eating and sat down to check my Facebook. Oops! a few moments later I woke up more remembered my goal and shut it down. Hid my phone in my purse and tried to ignore it. Our morning routine went so much smoother. She didn’t act out as much because of all the extra attention she was getting. I feel good because if you read my post on my Homemakers Binder you know how important and hard I think the job of being a mom is so really she deserves my full attention and not to share it with a screen.
No I haven’t figure it out yet because I have my phone with me all the time. I am on call for a lot of things and it is what I use to take 99% of my photos. I also don’t want to neglect my blog so I did sneak peaks at it this morning while she was playing with her friend. I am working on it. I am not perfect for I don’t believe in perfection anyways only progress.
What are your tips for managing screen time both yours and your families? I could sure use the help 🙂