Technology is part of our parenting lives. Smartphones have become part of who we are. We use it for grocery lists, to remind us which child is supposed to be where at any given time, To help us remember which side we last breastfed from, to know what stage of development our child “should” be at and the list goes on and on. There are many parenting apps and they are wonderful and make our lives easier. At the same time, they can distract us from the very thing we are trying to do – make our children’s lives better.
We may want to send that one last tweet, update our Facebook or pay that one last bill while waiting in line all while shushing our kids because they are asking us a million questions. Maybe at least once a day we can give ourselves a smartphone time out and be a little more present to our kids. Maybe instead of doing that quick update on Facebook, we can play a quick game of I Spy or I’m Going on a Picnic, etc.
So join us in the smartphone parenting challenge where at least once a day we put down our phones and use a “filler” moment to pay attention to our kids. That “filler” moment will become tomorrow’s precious memory.