being unplugged and setting boundaries
for a work at home mom

With my never ending quest to become a better mother, my challenge this week is to be unplugged.

Here is my definition of ‘unplugged’:

unplugged definition and meaning

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.tip for wahm

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.

Happy unplugging!

ps – did you know there is a National Unplugging Day?

amy lee signature for the connection we share

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:

Unplugging the easy way – Sarah from Prenatal to Parenting enjoyed four whole days of unplugged time this week.

Unplugged – Peaceful Parenting Challenge Week 8 – Katrina from Kalem Photography knows her family has been enjoying her being less connected to technology.

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!

Week 8: Turning off and Tuning in -Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat tries to turn the TV off.

Unplugging from Technology – Ricky from Daddy Blogger almost missed the carnival this week because he was unplugged.

pps – if you see me on FB on hours other than the ones listed above, please message me and kick me off. thanks.

Christina Dennis -

Oh, I needed to hear this! I love the idea of scheduled office hours. I’m a phone-a-holic (and a workaholic, I suppose in a sense) so I really do need to carve out times where technology is OFF.

Unplugging from Technology -

[…] Unplugged – Amy from The Connection We Share creates some rules for herself to keep her unplugging on track. […]

Read at Home Mom -

I love the idea of having and posting office hours. I just started my own home-based business and I am already struggling with setting boundaries. I am totally going to try these ideas!

Kathy Hancock Sima -

I admire your efforts to unplug and set boundaries. It’s something I really struggle with too – but it’s so important!

Pink Chai -

Great post! I have been working hard at setting boundaries and time away from the phone and computer lately too. Two rules I’ve put in place for myself; no computer time once the kids wake up (around 7) until they leave for school, and when they come home from school I take a 45 minute unplugged break and sit down for a snack and cup of tea with them. We take turns telling each other how are day was. Then I return to work for and hour to put the day to rest. They respect that I need that hour because I’ve given them my full attention for 45 minutes – it’s worked great this week!