Quality Family Time

Let’s face it guys. Our world is changing every second of every day. What was high tech only a year ago is now in many cases obsolete. What was once safe for our kids to eat or do is now highly looked down on. Think about it. Just five years ago, laptops were high tech. We had touch screen laptops and skinny laptops that ran on high performing processors. Now, how many of us would rather do a google search on our phones than even bother pulling out the laptop. Just about 10 years ago, we were told to lay our kids on their side to sleep, now we are told over and over and over to lay them on their backs. My point is our world is evolving faster than it ever has. And, sadly, with this faster evolution comes a faster pace of life. Whether we are working moms who have literally no time to even stop and think about this stuff or we are college students, who between classes and studying barely have time to eat a good nutritious meal, we are all always on the go. It’s no wonder when we finally have time at the end of the day or on the weekend all we want to do is sit on that couch and browse through Facebook as we watch the big game. I mean seriously does anyone else find themselves doing this? I know for us (even with me not working) it is hard to get up and go on the weekend at all. See, the result of this fast pace world is no quality family time.

We only have one TV in our house. So sure, we are all sitting in the same room but majority of the time our Saturday or Sunday afternoons look like this: My husband is sitting in his reclining chair either looking at chive or youtube while he occasionally looks up to watch the college game or the NFL game on the TV. I usually sit on the opposite side of the room and in between feeding the baby and napping, I browse though Pinterest and Facebook. My daughter attempts several times every hour to get us to play with her. After about the third time we all end up upset. I am asking my husband to play with her because I feel guilty but all he wants is to relax after a long week at work. The fact is we are all just so exhausted and Facebook is just so much more appealing. SAD right?

So how do we stop this epidemic? As a society, we are finding ourselves more and more exhausted and less and less able to spend quality family time. Majority of children are closer to their tablets or their phones then their parents. Even in my family where my daughter is not allowed to play on electronics, she is still yearning for time with us. How do we fix this? How do we allow everyone in the family to relax and unwind while still giving the children attention. Well, for starters. PUT THE PHONE DOWN!

Yes, even if you are reading my blog. PUT THE PHONE DOWN! Even if you are checking work emails, PUT THE PHONE DOWN! Even if you are talking to your sister who lives across the country PUT THE PHONE DOWN! Sadly, with our fast paced world comes even less opportunities to truly make memories as a family. We are all going to look back at our lives, even our children, and think wow, my childhood was full of me playing on the tablet or wow, my childhood was full of my parents on their PHONES! Can you imagine that? My childhood memories are certainly not that grim and honestly, one of the things that has always kept me going was my childhood memories.

So I have a dare. I dare you to PUT THE PHONE DOWN! I dare you to turn off the TV. Go outside and play a game of family football. It is fun no matter who you are. Or go grab some cards and play slap jack. Or even better, go grab the bible and make up a fun game. Ya, maybe these things require you to get up after a long week but believe me, playing football for fifteen minutes as a family will make memories that will last a lifetime. Sitting around watching football and playing on your phone won’t create anything but children who don’t know what true fun is.