How I Can Be a Better Electronic Example

It can be easy to forget that our children mirror us! If we want our kids to be disciplined with technology, then we need to be a better electronic example.

 

It can be easy to forget that our children mirror us! If we want our kids to be disciplined with technology, then we need to be a better electronic example.

 

Life Unedited #34

 

I have such a love/hate relationship with technology. On one hand, I’m thankful for the limitless availability of information, gaining knowledge, and connecting with others.  My kids can keep in contact with their grandparents who live thousands of miles away. They can watch a show while I have a short, much-needed break, and they can even connect with their friends and play video games with them from a distance. Technology really is amazing.

 

But, on the other hand, it can be very invasive. It’s all around us all the time. It’s nonstop. Someone else doesn’t regulate it for us. We have to regulate our consumption ourselves.

 

It can be easy to forget that our children mirror us! If we want our kids to be disciplined with technology, then we need to be a better electronic example.

As adults, I often see that we have a double standard. We want our kids to enjoy reading books and playing outside, but we aren’t even willing to open a book ourselves or sit outside in the backyard for any amount of time.

 

Something stuck with me after I went to my son’s Back to School night at the beginning of the school year. His teacher was talking about reading requirements and how she understands the difficulty of homework time since she is a parent herself. She then went on to talk about how we want to instill a love for reading…but here is the kicker. We need to show them our own love for reading and learning.

 

Think about it.

 

From the time our kids are just infants, they are looking to us. They typically take on our habits and attitudes.

 

At that moment, I realized that my love for reading wasn’t be exemplified for my children. Sitting on my phone reading a blog post or reading a book is really enjoyable to me, but I don’t feel like I share that with my children enough. All they really see is me scrolling my Instagram feed.

 

Being on the computer researching looks the same. I’m sitting in front of another screen, engrossed.

 

If we don’t want our children to scroll and be addicted to electronics, then we need to model that for them!

It can be easy to forget that our children mirror us! If we want our kids to be disciplined with technology, then we need to be a better electronic example.

 

So I’m here to say that I’m going to be more mindful of how I’m spending my time with electronics because it matters. There are so many things it effects. And I want my children to understand limits and develops good habits!

 

Who is with me?!

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  • Claudette

    Honestly, there are many ways to read, right? I see my kids watching YouTube videos while I’m on my phone. I pull them off and they complain I’m on my phone. So I show them my library app and the chapter I’m on in the eBook I’m currently reading.
    Right? 😉. They want to watch fortnite, not read. Sigh.

    October 11, 2018 at 2:46 pm Reply
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