"Mooooom! Get off your phone!"
If you've ever heard your child shout that while trying to get your attention, or had your toddler swat your phone away from your face, you probably felt a pang of guilt.
You're not alone. I'm pretty sure that my kids think my face has a black rectangle in the middle, and I'm sure they feel like they're competing for attention with my "pocket friends."
And they are! I love having adult interaction during what can be a really isolation period of parenting, but it's easy to use social media as a way to avoid dealing with other things, distract ourselves, and procrastinate.
How do we walk that line of using our phones productively, but set a good example for our kids?
Join the #noPHONEvember challenge
Join us for 5 days of being more mindful of our phone usage. It's not a digital detox or quitting entirely. Many of us DO need that connection and interaction with social media, support from our online villages, and to coordinate actual interaction!
It runs November 25-29 (the week of Thanksgiving in the US) and you'll get daily check-ins via Facebook Messenger so you don't have to check your email or Facebook and risk getting sucked in.
Instead, we'll figure out how we're using our time, set a small goal to change a habit, and start working on it with support. It isn't a punishment!