You may have noticed the new look. Why the change? Because this site was free, the other wasn’t and I have no time or desire to put into making my blog a big deal. So, I decided to go for the cheap. Please pardon the random advertisements…it is the price for a free site to host the blog. Whatever.
I’m not a techy person. I don’t have a fancy phone—in fact, I have a Tracfone for emergencies only. Cool, huh? Jason does have a nice phone for work, but we choose to not pay for the texting plan. We only have one computer that is ours. We have an iPad that he was gifted from work. We don’t pay for television services or monthly streaming services. For the most part, we live a pretty tech-free life in our home, which is pretty surprising considering Jason’s job is to make sure that the hospital that he works for is up on the latest and greatest in all things technology. It is also surprising because, well, we live in America. Enough said.
Friday night Jason and I were out on a date (yeah!) and sitting across the room from us was a family. While they waited for the food, every last one of them was messing around on their phone. No one was talking to each other. I pointed it out to Jason and he sarcastically added, “I wonder if they are all texting each other.”
Sad, right? I mean, what has happened to families sitting around the table enjoying each other’s company? Our family’s favorite time of the day is dinner—when we can gather together and talk about our day. So much good can come from breaking bread together.
It got me thinking and wondering about how I truly hope to do things differently in our house. I never ever want my children or husband to think that something that I am doing on the computer is more important than them. This blog speaks to this very well. I’m guilty of a handful of the items on her list.
To be honest, I kind of have a thing for social media.
That darn iPad and its Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail apps. They get me. Too often.
I know, I’m a terrible person.
“Hi, my name is Amanda and I am kind of in love with social media.”
There, I said it.
As a homeschooling mom, our days revolve around schooling. Like I’ve said before, we weave it in and out of our day. The kids’ take breaks just like “school kids” and what that usually means is that I plant my booty on the couch for a minute and social media away my time. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a bad thing. It is nice to take a mental break and check in with friends and family via the social media front. The problem is, it is far too easy to get sucked into debates on Facebook and blog posts and recipe hunting, etc.
I’m ashamed to admit how often those apps are used throughout the day. Kid’s going pee, quick check. Kids taking a sip of water, quick check. Kids playing, quick check. Kids taking a test, quick check. Kids breathing, quick check. Kids looking the other way, quick check. You get the idea. I hate to admit how often those quick checks happen.
It is not heinous amount of hours, but it takes too much time out of my day. And so, I’ve made a resolution to not check social media, including my email until school is done for the day. I’ve only done it for one day and geez…it was hard! I made it until lunch, and then I threw in a “quick check.”
Apparently, habits are hard to break.