I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but it has been really quiet around here for almost a month. I haven’t given up on my little corner of the web, I just took a much needed break from technology. I’m sure many moms feel the crunch, there are times when I feel my phone is battling with my kids for my undivided attention. Between the constant emails (which are never really that urgent), Facebook notifications, text messages and random game pop ups I feel like my phone is constantly going off. Strangely enough, I can’t tell you the last time I used my phone to actually call someone.
So this summer I decided to take a week to really be present with my family. One week quickly turned into three weeks, and I won’t lie- I loved it! The first few days were strange, but after that I found I was much happier in general. I work from home teaching, so the summer was the perfect time to take some space and unplug from technology. I know not every parent can do this, but just stowing my phone away in my purse for a few hours felt amazing!
I felt more present and happier in general, probably because I wasn’t being bombarded with news and current events throughout the day. I had such a great time with my kids, we swam and played and really had a great time. I hauled out my big camera that I used before I got my smartphone and took some amazing family photos. Instead of sitting on my phone, I am printing them out and framing many of them- which is very rare for me! We also went on some great adventures and created some interesting art projects, I can’t wait to share some of them on my blog next month.
I’m back to work in a few days, so staying completely unplugged really isn’t in the cards moving forward. However, I will be leaving my phone behind on weekends or just keeping it out of reach when I’m playing with my kids. I don’t love how dependent I am on technology, but I hardly think I am the only mom with this problem. I really wanted to create a fun and hip list of the top ten ways you can unplug, really is just boils down to putting down the phone and looking up when you can. Yes, it is hard at first. Yes, it feels really weird at first. Yes, it is awesome once you do it!