This question was asked in an NPR radio show a couple of weeks ago and really got me thinking.
The radio show had a couple of callers where the wife said that dad comes home and then hops on the computer. When one of the sons pleads for dad’s attention, dad says “In a minute.” An hour later, he emerges, but the son has gone on to something else.
Wow. I’ve been guilty of this and see that Social Media and the internet really does take time away from the family.
This made me think about the message I’m sending the kids. That mom & dad are always on the computer and ignores them when they want attention. Talk about a message you don’t want to send.
At the same time, the urge to shop, get news, send Tweets, update friends on Facebook, etc. is so hard to pull out of. As a mom with an internet-based company to run and grow, who relies heavily on social media and the internet, this battle for time is especially difficult.
I’m going to try to restrict my time on the computer so I can give the kids quality time, especially around dinnertime. Will that do the trick? Don’t know yet, but will be finding out.
How about you? What do you think and what do you do?