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.
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!
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?!
Shiree is my other half. She calls herself boring, but she is far from it! She lives in Kansas City with her husband and her 4 kids ages 7, 5, 2, and 1! She really is super mom as she spends hours working on the blog and finding a way to still take care of her kids effortlessly! Shiree was married young and started a family right away. She jokes all the time that nothing could have prepared her for motherhood other than motherhood!
After becoming a mom she decided to get as much knowledge as she could about raising kids and strengthening families so she decided to go to college. She obtained her degree in Marriage and Family studies and is now a Family Life Educator. She has a desire to pay it forward and help other parents raise kids and strengthen their families.