(Huge thanks to Mom Central and MetLife for partnering with me for this campaign and providing me with a promotional item as a thank you!)
My family is like most these days – Jay and I both have iPhones and LJ has an iPod Touch and we pretty much take our devices everywhere. For the most part, they are convenient. Jay and I can check our work emails easily and LJ complains a lot less about longer car rides when he is lost in a game of Minecraft. But once in a while, we find ourselves sitting at a restaurant table, each of us with our noses buried in a device. We laugh for a minute and then make a conscious decision to put all of the devices away and actually talk.
Does this ever happen to your family? If so, how do you deal with it? Do you carve out “device-free time” for your family? We’ve never designated specific times to be offline (although I do try to power down before bedtime to help me sleep better). This year, MetLife is encouraging families to set aside Mother’s Day as a Social Blackout day, meaning that devices get put away and attention is spent on time with mom. You can find more information about it here. [Read more...]