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Sincerely Syreeta is the mother of two daughters who remind her to Empathize, Empower, and EVOLVE every day. She is a freelance journalist, talk show host, life coach, motivational speaker and entrepreneur based out of Philadelphia, PA.
Jan 29, 2018
It’s no secret that kids are the greatest observers of social cues and human interactions. The molding of their minds, habits, and perspectives start long before they step foot in a daycare or classroom. It starts in our homes with the verbal and nonverbal cues that we give them about what’s healthy and most importantly, and what’s not.
In the 21st century, it really starts with how often we choose to make an intentional effort to look up from our smartphones, put them down and be present in what’s happening in the moment.
According to Highlights magazine State of the Kid survey results, 62% of our kids think parents are too distracted to listen when they’re attempting to talk to us; technology, including cell phones, laptops and TV’s accounted for 51% of those “distractions.”
Given that a study by Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of Americans have smartphones and 46% say they couldn’t live without it, it’s pretty safe to say, our kids are right.
With that said, I’ll be the first to admit that while being “tapped into tech” is a vital requirement for my professional life, my kids and I could definitely benefit from mom putting down the phone and focusing a little more. While their TV and tech time is closely monitored and limited, most times mine isn’t.
Which raises the question: if we’re holding our kids accountable for these kinds of things, how willing are we to be held accountable by them for the same?
I’m a staunch believer that the relationship between the parent and the child is one that is strengthened when open and honest communication, as well as accountability, can be found on both sides.
How do you know if you’re addicted to your smartphone? Click the picture below to download our quiz and get a quick glimpse of your tech use.
A bonus for those whose work is strongly tied to social media or being tapped in: create as many boundaries as you can for your own well-being and mental health, and take advantage of social media management sites like Sendible or Hootsuite.
Now, of course, there has to be a challenge to actually get us all on the fast track to ditching the addiction: apply these actions to your daily routine for the next week and tweet us to let us know how you made out! Parental control software can also help your entire family with time management and setting boundaries.
Good luck and trust that your presence will be all the more impactful as a result of this.