Thursday, May 30, 2013

Technology Overload

I've realized lately that I have an addiction to technology. I can't seem to go 10 minutes without checking my phone and my laptop is constantly open during the day. I'm always checking email, reading Facebook or messaging a friend. Honestly, Grace isn't any better. She loves having the TV on all day long. She doesn't watch it most of the time, but she watches more than she should. If she finds the iPad, she is playing on it. I literally have to hide it to get it away from her. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think any of that is bad in small increments, but we rely on the TV and iPad way too much and I have been thinking lately that it is time for a change.

So today I made the decision that I am going to give myself a challenge. Starting tomorrow, on weekdays I will only open the laptop when both kids are asleep. Most likely, that will only be at night because Grace rarely naps. I will still use my phone to check on things occasionally but I am going to try to focus on the kids more and keep my phone away as much as possible. The TV will only be on for one short show in the morning and one movie in the afternoon for Grace's rest time.

I honestly feel like we will all be happier this way. I feel like I don't appreciate my time with the kids enough and by stepping away from the technology I will be a much better mom. We will get out more and spend more time playing. At least I hope this is the case. It's not going to be easy for me or for Grace, but I know it needs to happen. I've been trying to cut down on our technology time for weeks but I always seem to give in about half way through the day. Now that I've blogged about it, I have to follow through, right? :)

So what does that mean for the blog? Honestly, I don't know. I am going to keep it up, don't worry. But it might mean that I won't post as frequently. I am going to try to take some time each weekend to schedule some posts so that I still have plenty of great content for you. However, I am really cutting down on giveaways and reviews. As much as I love getting free stuff (who wouldn't?) it was just taking way too much time to handle all of it. I wasn't enjoying blogging anymore and I wasn't getting to post what I really wanted to. There will still be a few giveaways here and there and I will be continuing to do Nuby reviews. There also will be some sponsored posts because we could really use the cash, but overall I'm going to try to return to what I started this blog for, a way to record our adventures as a family.

To be honest, I'm pretty nervous about unplugging! How do you balance playtime vs technology time?

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