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School notices are coming in the mail and it’s hard to believe that summer is winding down (wahh!!) but it is! Time for a gut check. Can you put your phone down more & play with your kids? We’ve only got a few more weeks. I’m up for the challenge. Are you with me? I have been trying very hard this summer to just BE with my kiddies. Their behavior is SO much better when I choose to put my phone down.

Here are a few of the things that I have been trying hard to implement during the last few weeks:

  • No instagramming while the kids are awake. Take pictures? Sure. But nothing gets uploaded until naptime or bedtime.
  • No facebook on my iPhone. Period. FB checking allowed at naptime/bedtime. Limit status updates to 2/3 times per week to cut down on notifications/checking.
  • No facebook inbox. I recently shared that I would not be checking my FB messages & wrote in my profile to contact me by email. I will log on once a week or so to see if there is something pressing or if that is the only way I can communicate with someone I care about, but beyond that, I’m free of that obligation.
  • Lock my phone in the locker at the gym. I try to do this if I am not expecting any important phone calls/messages–those close to me know exactly when I am there so they can call the gym if there is an emergency. I will get it out if we are heading to the pool and I might have a photo op.
  • Texts get returned when no one needs me. I try very hard to ignore them (turn off sound) and they do pile up. Then I will respond when I can. I treat it more like email than instant messaging. It doesn’t need to be instant!

So tell me your tricks? How are you successfully turning away from technology this summer? Surely you’ve done something smart that I need to know about! Please share! I am always looking for new & encouraging ways to break the screen addiction!

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  • Shannon - Yes! This is a great post! I try to do the same with Instagram. Just shoot during the day and make a few edits and post at night. I am not perfect though.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Stoy - I keep my phone on silent almost always! And we have a cute little tray on the counter with the chargers. When we get home- that’s where they go!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I had facebook on my phone when my son was first born. When he was 6 weeks I was disgusted with my addiction to checking it all the time. I deleted it from my phone and save the internet for when I’m actually at a computer (when he’s asleep or I’m at work). All notifications other than text and calls are turned off.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - Very interesting post!
    I wrote a comment (answering your questions), but it became so long that I turned it into a blogpost.

    Btw, I like your new lay out! I’m a quiet follower, but still love to read your blog. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • angie - I struggle with this on a DAILY basis!! I often catch myself pressed to my iPhone while my daughter is in the background asking me to dance with her.. overload of emotional quilt and disappointment in myself as a mommy!! Facebook, Instagram and Email can quickly capture my focus too often. This post truly brought the reality that I NEED to join your challenge!! THANK YOU!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - This is fantastic. I’ve been working on this for a while. I deleted a bunch of apps off my phone so I would be lest tempted to use it. I don’t get many calls or texts, so I can happily say my son knows the phone is for fun and not an extra limb on my body. My only problem is I put the phone away and then forget to take photos, or even forget to take it with me sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Ah! The battle with technology is such a big one for me. I almost wish I did not have an iPhone. I am trying to make it a point to completely separate myself from my phone as well – it does not sit on my nightstand during the night. It goes on or near the charger during the day (and on silent). In the car, the phone is in my purse. I love the notion that text messenging doesn’t have to be INSTANT. Thanks for sharing these!ReplyCancel

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