I don’t know about you, but technology and my teenager just don’t mix all that well. He is twelve going on eighteen and I swear he has an addiction to his phone. I understand the desire and importance of it all, but I also am stuck on how to address the importance of putting it away sometimes and focusing on what really matters. I also feel like a bit of a hypocrite because I am attached to my phone too. When I was younger all I had to do was study and focus on school and sports. I wasn’t constantly distracted by a phone, texting, Instagram, games and everything in between. Even when he is studying ( and he is a great student with straight A’s) I know he is distracted by his phone and wishing he could check it. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve taken away his phone, hid his phone, turned off his phone, etc….all so he could focus on what he needs to do.
Of course he now knows every single hiding place in our house so I need to figure something else out:) I am just stuck between a rock and a hard place. I know technology is here to stay and it’s important for his social life, but I also know it’s really important to teach kids to engage in life and put it aside every now and then. Yes, that sounds like advice from a Life Coach ( my profession) and I can tell you that no 12 year old boy wants to hear this from his mom when all he cares about it who is texting and who is “liking” his Instagram posts.
So…what works for you? How do you balance tech time and real-life time? How do you keep everything in check? I am desperate or I’m going to continue to go gray by my 42nd birthday!