This is an obvious one, I know. But for many people, it’s also the hardest (for me, too). Smartphones and tablets take attention away from everything else that is going on in front of us. That means you are missing opportunities to connect with your partner, friends or family.
You might not realize it, but focusing on your phone instead of your loved ones could be having a negative impact on your relationships…especially with children.
“Whether you realize it or not, kids feel like they are coming in second to whatever else is on your phone in front of you,” says Liz Last, Family Wellness Coordinator with Family Services’ Parent Connection program.
“Putting phones away during mealtimes and bedtimes, giving children the gift of your time and attention, will help them feel more connected and valued as a family member.”