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👩‍👦"#1 Thing That Sucks Family Time From Kids"

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Cell phones are a beautiful thing; I can stay in contact with family, watch my favorite shows, edit videos, and pretty much do anything a computer can do. The more I use it, the more I get sucked into it sadly. And don't get me started on social media and how that can suck hours of my life away. I get on it, thinking I just spent two minutes; I look at the clock and realize it's been 30 minutes.

One thing we can all agree on is that iPads kids is becoming a significant issue. However, this didn't happen out of nowhere; they must have learned it from somewhere. That got me thinking. When I was helping my student today with his homework, I was so inclined to pick up my phone and see if I got a message. I was expecting good news and a reply from someone, which caused me to keep picking up my phone and checking for new notifications.

The great news is, I've received the message. However, the bad news is that I got too caught up in my phone and completely forgot that I'm there to help my student learn. Sadly, it wasn't just once or twice; it happened a couple of times, and we had to keep double-checking the work because I wasn't fully focused while working with them.

Okay, so I kept checking my phone, opening TikTok or Instagram, and I saw a video of a father and his child. He was showing the difference between when he was on the phone and when he wasn't. You could see the significant difference in connections and bonding time they were having, and it convicted me. It made me think about how much the phone can consume all my time. But before we continue this conversation, please support our sponsor today. Here's a quick ad for them.

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I definitely don't want to be known as the person addicted to my phone, and I think everyone can agree that no one wants to be addicted to their phone. But just looking at how much I got distracted today, I think I might have a problem. Have you ever wondered or tracked how often you're on your phone?

I'm currently writing this article on my phone. It is a blessing and can be essential to everything we do. It's a double-edged sword. We don't pay attention to all the times we use it. Have you ever been around someone, like a friend, family, or even your kid, and they were just caught up on their device, not paying attention to what you were saying? It kind of sucked, right?

Or has it ever happened, where you are on the verge of sharing a significant moment, or you needed someone to really listen to you, and they were still not listening? Or have you ever had the experience where you wanted to go do something exciting, but your partner, someone near and dear, was just focused on their device? I have definitely experienced that, and if you have ever experienced that, you know it kind of sucks.

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So let's take it to the next level and think about if we do have that issue, how could that affect our kids? What could they think about? Hardly any conversations, connections, or bonding they might miss out on. If you're a person who doesn't struggle with this, I'm jealous of you. I wish I could be on the same steps as you. But today, I learned that I have to work on it.

However, anyone else who might have a similar thought on this or a similar issue, maybe track a little bit on how often you use your phone. I might even do a whole 24-hour fast for my phone and see how much that changes my life – kind of nervous, kind of scared. But I can do everything I need to do for work on my computer, and I don't need my phone.

I challenge you to join me on this. And then, what might happen or what I would suggest is that every time you think about using your phone, see if you can use that moment instead to connect with someone. Every time you feel bored or something, maybe this could be a great experience or experiment to try with your kid, or to do something together with your kid.

Our cell phones are a blessing. They help me get a lot of work done, and I can even write articles using my phone. So, I'm not saying cell phones are bad; in fact, I think they're necessary. However, I would emphasize that we need to be careful about how we use our phones and what purposes they serve in our lives. If we're not mindful of what's essential and what could be a distraction among all the things we do with our phones, we might miss out on another connection with our kid.

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