The digital world is a virtual world. Instead of spending the bulk of your time on the computer, watching TV, texting on your phone, spend more quality time with your family. It is far better to build stronger family ties and in the process, make lifelong memories and create a positive environment for your child.
One of the strongest experiences that will set the tone for his future lies in his relationship with you. As such, the family is an integral part of this equation. He will learn everything from you, including your reliability and approachability. Therefore, it would not be surprising if he considers your electronic gadgets to be his competitor for your attention. What is more, he will also emulate your digital habits as he grows.
Social or Anti-social?
Take the current trend of social media for example. For better or worse, too many people have become ensnared by this trend and spend a lot of time enslaved to it. If you find yourself checking your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or any other form of social media, on a frequent basis and you find that real life is getting in the way of your virtual life, then it is time to take a step back and re-evaluate your priorities.
To begin, plan a digital detox for yourself. Spend an entire weekend away from your handphone or computer. Relax and enjoy the time with your family. It doesn’t have to be a vacation to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere – the important thing is to spend quality time together with your family which is uninterrupted by anything digital. Turn off your phone or leave it in the car or at home if you have to!
Don’t forget that your child is watching you. If you are constantly on your handphone for instance, it sends a message to him that it is alright to do the same. You are their role model after all. Additionally, the time you spend focused on your electronic gadget is time away from your child. Switch your attention to him instead – focus on him by having a discussion about his latest hobby or ask him for his thoughts on something. If he is too young to talk, you can still shower him with attention – he will love you more for it.
You may find it difficult to digitally detox in the beginning, but stick with it. Not only can it be done, it should be done regularly. There are simply too many reasons why you should do it! After all, in addition to the benefits to your family and your child, there are just as many benefits to yourself as well. You will find yourself better rested and less stressed. All of this will contribute to a healthier and happier you.