- Don’t use it when we’re in the room
- Use it only at certain times of the day
- Don’t carry it with you
- Have tech-free days
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“I believe television is going to be the test of the modern world, and that in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our vision we shall discover either a new and unbearable disturbance of the general peace or a saving radiance in the sky. We shall stand or fall by television — of that I am quite sure.
Television will enormously enlarge the eye’s range, and, like radio, will advertise the Elsewhere. Together with the tabs, the mags, and the movies, it will insist that we forget the primary and the near in favor of the secondary and the remote.
When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.”
Currently, I’m reading “Hands-free Mama” by Rachel Macy Stafford. To be honest, I postponed reading this book for…ahem…years because I was terrified of the guilt it would place on my shoulders—guilt for neglecting my children in favor of technology. I’m so relieved (and excited!) to share with you that ‘guilt’ is the furthest adjective from my mind when it comes to describing this book. Instead, words such as ‘refreshing’, ‘entertaining’, ’empathic’, and ‘hopeful’ come to mind.
Jam-packed with stories and experiences from her own life, Rachel shares with us her lowest moments and her hopeful highs. She motivates, encourages, and inspires in a way that had me saying, “I’m ready to be a hands-free mama!’ before I even finished Chapter 1. Her suggestions for connecting with your children in authentic ways will put a smile on your face and, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” as you furiously begin planning tech-free activities in your head.
How has striving to overcome technology addiction blessed you and your family?
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