Disconnecting to Connect
The following is a sponsored post. As always, all content and opinions are 100% my own.
Computers. Smart phones. Tablets. .
They're so helpful, but so much of the time they end up sucking away our time and attention from the ones who should matter the most.
The Tech TimeoutTM challenge started by Foresters encourages families to take a daily break from technology. Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all things electronic with the goal of helping spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives.
And I think it's a great challenge!
I was recently asked if I would like to participate and share our family's experience with the challenge.
I don't have a smartphone, so checking Facebook or email throughout the day is not a temptation for me. We also don't have T.V. or video games. Pretty much the only electronics we have are the computer and Kindle, but I did want to disconnect a little more than I normally do and see if I thought it made a difference.
When I would normally be on the computer writing here on the blog, or just relaxing on Pinterest while the kids nap, I decided to stay off and spend time outside with the kids. We enjoyed the extra time spent together outside, but since that was during their naptime I can't do it on a regular basis.
I think if I had a smartphone I would be really bad about messing with it and not giving my undivided attention to the kids. Having a designated time each day to specifically have it OFF no matter what would be really helpful in making sure I'm not getting distracted from paying attention to my kids.
Do you think you would benefit from a designated Tech Timeout?
Here are some GREAT ideas of things you could be doing rather than being connected to technology:
Which of these fun family activities would you enjoy most?
Visit techtimeout.com to make the pledge with your family!