Last week I was going strong on my social media sites. I was excited about getting this new blog up and started. I was sharing my FACEBOOK page with my friends and inviting them to follow it. I was posting stories on Instagram and learning how to interact with my followers.
Suddenly it was Thursday. I found myself sitting on the couch in the living room with my cellphone in my hand. I was scrolling everywhere I could and supposedly watching a movie with my three kids and my husband.
I was being “efficient” and trying to get things done while we were spending supposed quality time as a family. Suddenly I felt a little hand take my phone away. My first response was to get upset. “No! You can’t play that dino game that you always ask for!”
Then time suddenly froze. My 2 year old, put my phone off to the side and put my hand in his. My heart melted. My child didn’t want to play with my phone, he wanted to hold Mommies’ hand while he watched the movie.
I can’t remember what we were watching, I only remember the desire I saw in my little boy’s face to be with his Mommy. That look sent my heart into a tail spin.
I knew in that moment that as I start out on this journey of blogging and learning social media I need to set boundaries. I do not want my family to suffer so that my number of followers will soar.
Once I read an article from Focus on the Family that talked about how to connect more with your kids in a world focused on technology. I thought about this article as I sat there beside my son.
The article talked about how many kids say they can’t open up to their parents because the parents are too busy and they are always on their phones.
This is not the reality I want in my family. I want my boys to know and feel that they are more important than anything that could be on a screen.
It was hard for me to not post pics this weekend of our Quarantine Easter. I may still post some but I made a decision last week to enjoy the moments with my family without always having a camera in my hand.
I will need to make a schedule and routine of when to write blogs and to post on Instagram so that I can keep things under control.
I know that just like any hobby or business there will be busier seasons. There will be times where I invest my time to work ahead and schedule posts so that I can be ready.
I will still invest in this dream that God has placed on my heart. This dream of encouraging other moms in this epic journey of raising boys.
What are you doing in your family to keep healthy boundaries with electronics and screen time?!?