I’ve been MIA from social media (basically Instagram) and this blog since before Thanksgiving. I’m not going to lie, I’ve logged on to Insta probably once or twice a day but only spend about 5 minutes on it. I deleted the app version so I use the online version which if you don’t know, is not as user friendly. What I have found is that I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. It’s been a lot easier than I thought too. I’ve been realizing I’m more attentive as a parent and wife. I feel closer to my husband and my children and I think it directly is in relation to me spending less time on my phone in general. It was time to be honest with myself and realize I’m better off without it. I have so many other interests and goals and they do not include keeping up with “influencers” on Instagram.
I’ve also been listening to a lot of podcasts and TED talks about children and smartphones. It is alarming! The statistics do not lie. I don’t want to be a bad example for my kids. I want them to see an emotionally healthy mom who is not looking at her phone all the time. The amount of parents who give their young children phones is shocking. Especially without rules or guidelines. More kids see porn and graphic violence at a young age than ever before because they have access to the internet. Before they can even understand what they are looking at. As a mom, I do know how hard it is to say “no” to your children but if it is better for their health and wellness, we need to be the parent and not their friend.
This has been a big step on my journey to find joy. One that has been long overdue. There is no time like the present! Do you struggle with your own screen time? Try changing your screen habits and let me know how it goes!