Unplugged Parenting

If you’ve been searching for reasons to limit your screen time, look no further than the little ones who are looking back at you.

How often do you check your smartphone? If you’re anything like the average user, you touch your phone (tapping, swiping, typing and clicking) around 2,617 times a day!

In a short time, digital technology has made us more than a little dependent on the convenience and entertainment of these mobile devices. 46% of us claim we can’t live without our phones, and many of us are unwittingly modelling that dependency for the kids we love.

Here are 3 reasons to develop a regular digital detox routine:

1. Monkey see, monkey do

Excessive use of digital media and games can lead to behavioural, emotional and academic problems. If you don’t want your kids addicted to their devices, show them a better way.

26% of kids think their parents don’t listen to them because they’re always on their digital devices. So shut off the digital device for evenings and weekends, and set healthy limits on your own screen time to model positive behaviour. The added benefit? Studies show it’ll improve your family’s communication inside and outside the home.

2. Model your best work/life balance

Our digital devices have given us the ability to be on 24/7. But when you get that important work email in the middle of a family outing, does it feel intrusive or comfortingly convenient?

Either way, it’s a problem. Being available 24/7 decreases face-to-face human connection and openly defies work/life balance. 69% of kids say their parents spend too much time on their mobile devices when they’re together as a family. And a whopping 39% say they’ve resorted to texting their parents from the same room.

3. Be present with your kids

Are you really spending time together? More than half of adults admit they regularly interrupt face-to-face conversations with family and friends to use a digital device. And yet 60% of parents think their own kids spend too much time online.

And they’re right. We all benefit from being unplugged and present in the moment. For adults and for kids, personal interaction, not digital communication, develops better listening skills, improved creativity, broader understanding and a reduction in stress and anxiety.