So, what is the problem you ask? Well, I don’t think that most of us realize there is a problem. The problem strikes at the heart of relationship.
A mobile phone can be a tremendous blessing but also a curse. It rings at any time, demanding our attention or dings to indicate a text or email. It calls to our curiosity. When we respond to it while in the midst of interacting with our family we become distracted.
I don’t know about you but when I am talking to someone who is busy on his or her phone or computer it makes me feel unimportant. What I really want to do is stop talking. Now, I understand that there are calls that you need to take. However, if you are sitting with your children or having dinner and you are talking on the phone, you are sending them a very loud message. It says to them that the business you are conducting or the other person is more important than them.
We never answered the phone for a couple of hours while we were having dinner together in the evening. We wanted our children to get our undivided attention.
There are more and more gadgets or distractions that allure us daily. Between the landline, the laptop, the smart phone, the latest apps and all forms of social media including their games we need to make every effort to connect on a present and personal human level, giving family quality time.
Why don’t you try turning it all off for even one hour a day and give you family your undivided attention?