It’s not that I think that I should never be online when my children are awake or my husband is home.
Frankly, I think its good for children to see their parents work and earn a living. It’s just that once online, its easy to get sucked in. What seems like a half-hour can easily be two or three hours in reality.
Ever been there?
Yea, me too. All too often.
And my husband isn’t a fan.
He isn’t a fan when he’s trying to share something with me and I absentmindedly reply without having really heard him. He isn’t a fan when dinner burns on the stove because I was distracted, or I forget something very important because I was caught up in a vortex of work, social media, or writing – my biggest culprit because when I get inspired I like to get the words out before they lose their “oomph”.
You’d think given these fact that I’d be the best candidate for a media cleanse.
But I’m not a fan of deprivation. Okay – there are some things I simply choose not to partake of, either due to personal conviction, health risks, or preference. Other than that I am more inclined to preach…
From my vantage point, I’d be far better off learning to discipline myself with the computer than depriving myself for 2 weeks, only to find myself sucked back in a few months later.
Part of learning to be #present with my family is learning to control my own screen time.
And I have a plan to do that:
I am actually scheduling my screen time: in the mornings until they wake up, during nap times, a half-hour to forty-five minutes in the afternoon while they play, a half-hour after I put them to bed (while I supervise them to make sure they actually stay in bed). Once my babies are asleep “business hours” are over.
I know this wont be easy – discipline never is.
And that is a real problem in society today.
You go to lunch with someone, and because of their iPhone, they are with you and 300 other people at the same time as they answer notifications, emails, texts and calls.
You try to have personal devotions, and you’re with the Lord and everyone else on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and then wonder why you don’t hear His voice any longer.
This Valentine’s Day, give your family a true gift of love: purpose to be less present with the world and more present with them. Purpose to truly listen when they speak, and make the home – and its function – your #1 priority.
Media isn’t wrong – it can be a wonderful and very useful tool. We don’t need to swear off social media or the Internet, we simply need to learn a little more discipline.
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