Texting during dinner? Spending time ‘together’ in the living room but everyone’s on a device? Talking to your child who isn’t really listening because he/she is on the smartphone? Sounds familiar?
Children nowadays don’t know a life without things like phones, computers, or television. Technology has become an integral part of their daily lives – even at an early age.
According to a national survey, Australian children aged 12-13 are spending at least 3 hours a day staring at screens.
Of course, technology has it’s benefits – but too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. So what’s the matter? It’s the fact that everyone is connecting with someone – just not the people in the same room.
The question is – how do we reconnect with our family?
Here are some ways to maintain communication and spend quality time together as a family.
Communicate and set your expectations with your family regarding technology usage. These boundaries may include:
Once you communicate the boundaries, enforce and modify them as required.
Make the effort to schedule in time with your kids where disconnecting is a must! For example, you can play board games together, go out for dinner, or go for a walk along the foreshore. Enjoy your time together and leave the devices behind.