Monday, October 28, 2013

How do you use your mobile phone?

It's true that more and more moms are relying on their smartphones to help keep them organized and in touch with the world of adults. But, it turns out that moms are now admitting to being distracted by their phones.

I've talked before about screen time and toddlers, but like most moms, I need to have a conversation with myself about screen time. So here we go:
Lauren, you need to put down your phone. That text you are answering/word you are about to play to cream your husband at Hanging With Friends/email you are going to check/call you are screening/movie you can't remember that you are going to look up on IMDB is no where near as important as whatever your son is doing right now. He is three years old and at the verge of making long-term memories that he will be able to recall well into his 80s. Do you want his first memory of his mother to be of her hunched over her phone tapping away at something? No? I didn't think so. You don't have to cut cold turkey, but you definitely need to cut back: You really don't need to look something up right now. If calls are important, there will be a voice mail. Technology can wait until he is napping.
So, who is with me? Do you use your phone too much?


  1. WOW! I literally just had this conversation with my husband tonight! I am definitely on my phone way too much! I almost broke down and told him that I need to downgrade to a boring-can't email-Facebook phone! I promised myself recently that I wouldn't pick it up while she's awake, unless it was an urgent call. I need to stick to that!

    1. It's so hard to put it away, but I think we can do it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your struggle!

  2. Yes! I struggle with the same thing! I constantly reprimand my daughters for too much screen time and they have pointed out my addiction to my iPhone. My mom once told me that our children are often our best teachers, and once again, mom knows best! ;o)

  3. So true - we moms are brilliant...eventually. It's a hard habit to break, but probably worth it. (Right?) Thanks for joining the conversation!