It’s not enough to just be around your kids. You must be present, that means putting away your phone. Your children deserve phone-free time from you.
The fact that no matter what we do, our children will follow. Parenting techniques have evolved from spending high-quality time with our kids; talking with them and playing with them, into distracting them with a screen as soon as they show the first sign of distress.
As we struggle with the high demands of today’s fast-paced life, we as parents often find ourselves too overwhelmed to be completely capable of catering to our children’s needs.
Because of this, we often resort to the convenience of a phone or tablet to occupy their ceaseless imaginations. Though sometimes useful, our choice to introduce our young ones to technology so early on could be hurting them far more than it helps us. Every time we put a phone screen in front of our child, we push them a step further into developing a dependency on an external source for “happiness” and “contentment.”
So, try to limit your dependence on your smartphone as much as possible. Make up some rules that give you phone-free time—that give your kids phone. And make sure that when you’re with them, you are grateful for the moment you’re getting with them.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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