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Put Down the Phone

Posted on 09-28-2016

A mom recently wrote about how banning screen time for two days for her family revolutionized the way they interact with each other.

The children, she says, don’t seem to mind the pause. They spend time playing with toys or just lazily curled up on the couch. Her husband accidentally turns on the TV, but then quickly turns it off when he remembers the deal.

She thought her children would be chaotic, racing for the TV or the iPad® on the third day, but it turns out they just hung out like normal people. But she notices something interesting.

She realizes she has more patience for her children than she’s had all summer. “I’m even back to wishing the first day of school wasn’t creeping up on us so fast,” she recalls.

What’s the lesson here?

It seems we can too easily get caught up in the eternal fount that is the internet. The constant barrage of political pundits and celebrity controversy overstimulates the brain and we can get all out of whack.

Consider slowing down over the next few weeks, maybe even turning off the devices for a few days. We guarantee the slow-down will come like a breath of fresh air.

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