Good Phone Habits
As our baby is starting to get a bit older, I’ve noticed that he is a lot more aware of his surroundings, including when people are using their phones. Obviously growing up in the era he is, he will be using technology from a young age, but it’s really never too early to teach children good phone habits.
If you are like me, you often notice people on their phones, ignoring their children. And absolutely yes, it’s fine to use your phone in front of your children, but what I find astonishing is when I see people mindlessly scrolling through rubbish on their phones and their children are clearly begging for some attention. Come on. They are only little for a short amount of time, pay attention and give them the love they desperately crave. I know we all need some downtime, and scrolling through social media or videos is great for that, but you will be missing valuable time with your little ones.
Another thing about phones that irks me, is the use of phones at the dinner table. I’m not talking out and about in restaurants. Quite often parents let their kids play as they get bored and that’s fine. I once heard someone say ‘I give my child a phone, so other people in the restaurant won’t complain about the child. Then they complain about the child that’s on the phone playing games. I can’t win’. I’m a firm believer of doing what works for you and if keeping kids amused in a restaurant using a phone is it, go for it. It’s pretty much the same reason I use a dummy with Austin when I’m out and about. He rarely gets one at home (apart from to sleep) so if you see him out and about with a dummy, it’s because I’m trying to pacify him for other people’s benefit, at home he would be attended to immediately or allowed to whinge if there was nothing the matter. Anyway, I digress.
So back to mobile phones at the dinner table. I think it’s incredibly rude to use your mobile phone at the dinner table and when Austin is old enough to have one, he’ll be told to put it away at mealtimes. Vizulize have put together a great infographic about people’s mobile phone usage and amazingly, over 50% of us want to cut down on our phone usage.
So now is the time to action it. Pay a little more attention to being in present and spend a little less time on your phone. Listen to the birds instead of Spotify, chat to the person next to you on the bus rather than watching cat videos and have a nice dinner at the table with your other half, phones banned. Absolutely there’s a time and place for mobile phones, but if this is your main source of downtime, you need to rethink your hobbies.
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