Christie Matthews

Parents Who Text Too Much… Is This You?

Parents Who Text Too Much… Is This You?
Wow! This blog from Jerry Del Colliano really hit home. I am guilty of this. But at the same time I get frustrated when my husband and I go out to dinner and he picks up his phone.  The other night, we were sitting on our back patio in the porch swing and instead of soaking up God’s beauty we were both on Facebook.  Wow… just wow. Life is passing us by.  Our kids are growing up and we’re on freaking Facebook. Ugh. I am embarrassed that I too am doing the exact thing that I get annoyed about.  I am going to make a conscious effort to put down the device and initiate the ” NO PHONE ZONE”.  Read this… for some great suggestions. – Christie

 

Catherine Steiner-Adair, a Harvard psychologist, interviewed 1,000 children from 4 to 18 years of age and hundreds of teachers and parents for her book about protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital era.

One red flag was children’s ire, sadness and frustration in trying to get their parents away from smartphones, tablets and computers.

You might have thought it would be the other way around – parents complaining about their kids being too digital.

Parents often parcel out screen time to their kid, but they often violate the boundaries that separate work from family.

Put the phone away at dinner – do not answer calls, emails or texts.

Separate from the phone (as hard as that is to do) on a regular basis.

Charge your phone way off the beaten track to give you and those around you some face time.

Take a one-day holiday from digital activity and give that time to someone you care for.

Your children and loved ones deserve the same addictive focus that your cellphone gets.

Jerry Del Colliano.com.

 

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