The other morning I was hunched on a small blue chair next to my little man at his red kid’s table. We were having breakfast and I was taking a second to glance through some things on my iphone when he put both his hands on my cheeks, bringing my attention to him and said, “Mommy. Wake up.”
It caught me off guard and I laughed at his word choice. When I’m with my little guy I try not to use my phone much except to snap pictures of him (that’s a whole other obsession), so that was a funny exception. But as the day went on, I started thinking about the amount of time during a day we are all on our phones- checking email, texts, calendars, pictures, messages or social media sites. His perception that I needed to “wake up” isn’t really that far off the mark about society in general.
This is a videoclip I watched a while ago- ironically on my phone- showcasing a woman’s day with without her phone, while everyone around her is on their phones all the time:
Pretty interesting statement, don’t you think? It definitely made me think twice.
Over our holiday we went to our good friend’s cabin in northern California. It’s seriously the most beautiful place ever. Here’s a picture from one of our walks:
One thing about their cabin is that most phones don’t have connection- same with the internet. I’m sure they could make it happen if they really wanted, but they embrace their time away from being connected to EVERYTHING. I have to say, it’s a refreshing break. It’s good for the kids to have to actually talk to one another- face to face instead of texting. It forces everyone to THINK, to engage, to read, to go outside, to cook, to make things, to play.
I think it’s important that as parents we remember to be present, to give our kids our full attention. I’m going to make a better effort.
I’m committing to “WAKE UP.”