After reading this I felt challenged. And though we are not all there, and may not ever be, we are taking steps to limit our technology at home.
We keep our one TV covered in a cabinet. The laptop and iPad now take up permanent residence in the library upstairs. Out of sight, out of mind. And when the kids come home from school we stow our phones away. We hear them if they ring of course, and attend to those phone calls if needed, but often it’s not.
We do make exceptions. We like movies and pause to watch a favorite all together. We will watch the winter Olympics in all their glory. And sometimes the kids do need to use the computer for school. I like my music during the day, and use my iPhone to play it throughout the house. But the rest of the time we unplug. By doing that we are teaching our kids the value of being present, the joy of conversations and creativity and even how to live in the void. They don’t have to have their brains stimulated all the live long day, we all need mental breathing room and often technology at the ready takes that away.
If you find it hard to sit quietly, without something to do/read/scroll through maybe this is a direction you should go? I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but I am saying that it’s probably for everyone at least for a time.
There is tremendous value in being present, in being all there with our families. Limiting technology helps us to get there faster. And in those technological limitations, you might be surprised by how much more time you have. The void of screen time seems to make the day stretch longer, in a good way.