As parents, there are a million different ways to feel bad or guilty. The amount of time most of us spend on our phone in front of our kids can be one of them. The good news is, changing is easier than you may think.
All the details of our lives are held in our phones. Work schedules, texts, and even some relationships are dependent on having our phones on us constantly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it just shows how busy our lives have gotten. Here’s the kicker – it can turn into an addiction without us knowing it, but our kids certainly do.
It may sound extreme calling our dependence on phones an addiction, but scientific studies say otherwise.
Kids can feel your interest shift from them to the phone – or perhaps it was always on your phone. It’s okay that this happens because it’s fixable.
Motherly.com has 4 recommendations that can help fix our phone addiction issues.
Most adults legitimately need their phones. But, if we’re honest, we don’t need it every second we’re at home with the kids. To help set limits, writing a list of all the activities you need your phone for can help you prioritize what’s fun vs. critical while with the kids.
Learn how you really use your phone while making sure it’s not using you.
Kids can contribute more to the conversation about what they think is appropriate screen time amounts. This will help them communicate with you when they’d like your attention and give you an opportunity to explain why you need to be on your phone at certain times.
A super simple rule to implement in your everyday life is this: give your kids 10 minutes of undivided attention twice a day. Playing, talking, and just being with them without interruptions supports positive and emotional connections.