Giving up my smartphone was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Yes, it is the 21st century, I know. Everybody has a cell phone, even some kids in school have smartphones nowadays. After all, a smartphone is supposed to make anyone’s life easier. In my case instead, it wasn’t making my life any easier or making me smarter either and you will see why.
So when my friend Amanda told me about her 7 Days Technology Detox blog party, I knew I had to jump in and share my own story with you. Technology is great! But everything in excess is not good for us at all and it seems like most of us if not all of us are using technology a little bit too much and feeling badly the consequences of it in our lives.
Today I am guest posting over at Rasing Da Vinci, one of my favorite blogs.
Detoxes are a great way to reboot our system. I know, as a certified health coach and I have developed and used several detox programs in these past 3 years. They work! Anyone feels great after a detox. People have more energy, they lost weight, they feel accomplished and they feel empowered!
The best results I’ve seen are not only from the after detox results but from clients who had a permanent change in their lifestyle after doing it, these clients continue to see the lasting results of their detox until this day.
Health coaching apart, I am also a mother of 3 beautiful children, who are a miracle in my life because after having cancer at only 25 years old I was told I was never going to be able to get pregnant.
I feel so incredibly blessed for being a mom. Now that I have decided to stay home full-time, working from home as a blogger and homeschooling my children I have the opportunity to spend amazing quality time with them every day. I spend my days teaching them, playing with them, reading to them as much as I can. I watch them and they watch me 24/7.
A few months ago I started to think more and more about education as a discipleship and I realized that my kids not only learn from what I teach them, they also learn by observing what I do!
If I want to teach my children to pay attention than I need to model it! If I need my children to look at me when I speak to them than I need to model it! That’s when I noticed I was failing a big lesson!
One of the most heartbreaking episodes that made me realized I was failing in giving my children the right example to model was when my 4-year-old begin to hold my face and turn to her so I could pay attention to what she wanted to say to me. My heart just began to sink. Then my 8-year-old told me one day very upset: “turn off your phone mom! I’m trying to talk to you.”.
Has any of these ever happened to you?
These amazing miracle children were having an absent-minded mom who was always with her smartphone in hands and constantly dropped everything she was doing to comment on a Facebook status someone had just posted without even noticing how her children were heartbroken wanting to have mom’s full attention but it never happened.
I knew I had to do something about it! I needed to unplug so I could tune into the important people in my life.
So how did I do it and what did I gain by giving up my smartphone?
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Love this post! And I totally agree with everything in it. My phone broke and I was without one for 10 days. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I was going to replace it with the latest and greatest and, instead, I got it repaired for a lot less, set my plan to a $10/month one and told everyone the house number if they need me. The kids can CALL (no texts please….) if and when they need me. I love it!
As a blogger in the tech niche (yep!), this has been one of the best things I’ve done in a long time.
Thanks for the post, it’s great and I obviously love the concept.
Oh, I love your comment, Bobbi! Isn’t it freeing? Now that I do have a phone again because we moved to a place where I do need in case something happens on the highway driving alone with the kids, etc… I deleted even my email app and don’t download social media apps either! I check emails when I sit on my desk and check social media during my “working hours” at home. Not 24/7 anymore! When I’m out with my kids, I can fully be present and not constantly be looking on my phone because I have the simplest and cheapest plan just to make or receive phone calls. But I find now that I so hate to talk on the phone, oh, my! 😀
This post is a great reminder to us all. I’ve been there before and with the little one cupping my face in his hands. It was a wake up call!
Isn’t it sad Angel? We need to get delivered from this social media addiction, right? :/