How many of you have caught yourself staring at your phone when your family is in the room? How often are you telling your child to put their phone down but end up scrolling through your own newsfeed meaninglessly ‘liking’ posts you didn’t really read? Who is reading this blog from your phone or tablet RIGHT NOW? We’re all guilty of being too wired and it’s becoming harder to have our children disconnect when we can’t.
Children copy what they see and mirror our behaviors, even the not so healthy ones. Technology use, which can limit verbal communication skills, is one of those things you don’t want them to copy. One mom started to notice her daughter becoming her ‘mini-me’ and it made her evaluate what is happening:
About a year ago, I began to realize that Macy was becoming my “mini-me.” Due to the nature of my job, I spend a considerable amount of time each day on a computer or my smartphone. And I noticed my daughter paralleling her time on her tablet instead of exploring or creating new games with her friends. That’s when a light bulb flipped on for me. I decided it was time to take her out of this fast-paced environment and send her to camp.
When you send your child to a camp or to a teen trip one goal is for them to unplug and just be a kid! You want them outside having fun with new friends and making memories they’ll cherish forever. Taking away the social media focus and virtual connectedness for a few weeks or months will give them an opportunity to build relationships with real friends. While you are taking something away, you are giving them something so much more valuable.
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