Man, I have to admit, I do hear these words often and every time I hear them there is a tremendous amount of guilt and frustration that just completely overwhelms me. I heard these exact words the other night, as my sweet 6-year-old was trying to show me a picture she drew and after attempting to get my attention for several minutes, she finally raised her voice at me and said, "Mom, you are always on your phone, can you pay attention to me?" Ouch, this one really hurt!!!!
As most of us do, I juggle multiple things throughout the day, a full-time job, kids' schedule, homework, maintaining the "to do's" in our home, etc, etc, etc. I am very lucky that my husband pitches in as often as possible but there just seems to never be enough time in the day to get it all done, right? It is often very difficult for me to walk away from my laptop or to put my phone down and IF I put it down, not to check it a hundred plus time :(
As the mother of a 23-year old daughter, I am completely aware of how quickly time flies by, one day they are seeking your attention and the next day you are lucky if you can get them to acknowledge your mere existence.
We have started the "no phones" challenge from the time we wrap up dinner to the time the kids go to bed. It doesn't seem like a huge challenge, I know, but we must crawl before we run! We are now spending time playing board or card games with the kids, watching a movie or just snuggling on the couch. I have also started to get up verrry early, sometimes before 5 am (more on this later) to get through some of the "to do's" I was not able to complete on the previous day. I know, there will be times when I will need to or will want to pick up my laptop or phone to look at something but Rome wasn't built in a day.
Stayed tuned, I will be posting updates on how we are doing with the challenge - Fingers crossed!