Can We Talk About Technology?
Many of you have a “handle on technology” while some of you might appreciate a gentle challenge. As stay at home moms, we can be tempted to “check out” at times and be more engaged with the outside world than our family. Some of the ways we can connect with the outside world include: FB, Instagram, Pinterest, the news, texting, etc. None of these things are bad as long as we are balanced and have some “guardrails” in place.
How do we know if we are not balanced?
Ask yourself these questions:
- ~What do I think about the most during the day?
- ~Do I think about connecting with God or are my thoughts focused on the things I am seeing on FB, Instagram or Pinterest?
- ~If your children, are older, ask them if they think you are on technology too much or ask your husband. (Don’t get defensive.)
What are some possible guardrails we can set?
- Choose to check your FB, Instagram, the news once in the morning and once at night.
- Choose to spend 30 minutes total on technology.
- Turn off your texting sound once the children arrive home so that homework and dinner are not disrupted.
- Check FB/emails in the afternoon before the children arrive home.
- If you have little ones, check it at nap time.
What guardrails can we set for our children?
- ~Have teens turn in their phones at 9 each night.
- ~Check their text messages on a regular basis.
- ~Talk to them about their posts on Instagram: Tell them to only post once or twice a day, to always be kind with their comment, to delete friends that are posting questionable things, and to only add people they truly know.
- ~Get a system that checks all of the technology in the home so that any bad sites are reported to you.
I want to address “game time”. Some families like to limit game time to the weekends. Some like to limit it to 30 minutes or 1 hour a day. I think it’s important that we set limits and we talk to our children about leading a “balanced life”. I also think it is important that we train them how to use these things in our homes, so they are not unbalanced once they leave our homes.
We are all in this together sweet moms. I am sure I missed something and I am sure I did not cover every aspect regarding technology. I hope I encouraged you in some way or provided you with a tool for your family.
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
Proverbs 31: 27
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”