With my never ending quest to become a better mother, my challenge this week is to be unplugged.
Here is my definition of ‘unplugged’:
If you remember from a few months ago, I created some phone usage rules for myself because I was playing on the phone when I should be playing with my daughter. I have been following these rules loosely and I think this week’s unplug challenge is making me revisit my promise to my children again.
I’m not going to lie, it is SO HARD for me to put my phone down or not be on the computer. I have a photography business as well as this blog so I’m constantly on social media or replying to emails or editing images or working on the blog. Even when I’m not on these devices or doing these things, my mind is on the business (I even dream about it…it’s insane). I eat, live and breath this.
But then of course I could use ‘I’m working’ as an excuse to be on the phone or on the computer… the reality is I need to set boundaries. I have set times of when I work but I sneak in so much in between my actual work hours. I really think it is these ‘here and there’ times that gets me in trouble.
And so for this week, here are 3 things I’ll be doing:
- stick to my work hours (no more working in between including checking emails)
- delete the Facebook app from my phone (take away the temptation)
- leave my phone in Croco-dial the Phone Eater when I’m at home during non-work hours (further taking away temptation)
With these things I’m going to do, I’ll concentrate my unplugged time with my family and be present when I’m with them.
ps – did you know there is a National Unplugging Day?
Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #8 – Unplug
This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about unplugging. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of spending time outside.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
Week 8 – Unplug your screen and plug in to your kids – Amanda from Sticky Hands thinks the less screen time the more face time with her kids!
pps – if you see me on FB on hours other than the ones listed above, please message me and kick me off. thanks.