I did it—I unplugged. I participated in National Day of Unplugging by disconnecting from technology with my kids.
Not having my computer or phone turned on freed me from guilt. No more sending just one more text or sneaking in a quick computer check. Instead, I focused 100% on my toddler with zero distractions. We were able to play and I hardly left his side to jump in front of a monitor.
What I learned by disconnecting from technology
I won’t lie though. I learned was just how immersed I am with technology, particularly my computer. And I had things to do—place books on hold at the library, find new recipes—that needed technology. These activities weren’t exactly the time-wasting stereotypes of surfing on Facebook. They were actual tasks needed to run a household that all entailed plugging in.
Still, with disconnecting from technology, I was able to find my own entertainment. This is why I don’t promote gadgets with my toddler. He has many years to hone his digital skills, and the learning curve for computers isn’t that steep. But he only has this one childhood to rely on his imagination and ingenuity to learn and play. Silicon Valley employees sends their kids to computer-free schools.
Unplugging for a few hours also allowed me to focus on tasks and not distractions. Lil Sophie’s Mom from The Bathroom Floor could relate when she unplugged for the evening as well. With a baby in bed, she worked on custom orders and bracelets instead. She was able to work in flow without the distractions of text messaging and the internet to break her focus.
Jamily5 from Parenting Past Perceptions reported on having unplugged for a whole 24 hours. She continued to play with her baby and find other means to entertain herself. Unplugging all the time isn’t realistic in our lives nowadays (I do write a blog, after all). But it can still serve as a reminder to focus on our families and projects with little to no distractions.
Or we can follow in Sillyliss‘ example. On Fridays and Saturdays, she takes a sabbatical from technology. Her family stays away from TV and computers and instead spends time together.
Technology isn’t so much this terrible evil that we have to rid ourselves of. Computers, the internet, our phones—these gadgets allow us to communicate with one another. They bring information to our screens, and enable us to have some fun too.
But as with anything, too much can be overwhelming. Rather than enjoying my toddler’s storytelling, I wish for bedtime so I can go on the computer. Perhaps it’s these times that call for a little unplugging, and more family time.
Just like Sillyliss says:
That’s the part that I like most, not that we turn the things off, but that it’s something we all do together.
Check out these related posts:
- Why Technology Is Unnecessary for Your Kids (Even In These Modern Times)
- Project Unplugged: Can You Disconnect from Technology?
- You’re Not Alone: Parenting Bloggers Don’t Always Follow Their Own Advice Either
- In Praise of Family Dinners
- Are You Sharing Too Much Online about Your Kids?
How have you tried disconnecting from technology? Let us know in the comments below!
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