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On the Washington Post! iPhones, Parenting, and Addiction (Oh, my!)


phone picI’m back on the Washington Post‘s “On Parenting Page,” with a new article about why I felt My iPhone Addiction Was Making Me a Terrible Mom. Here’s a sneak preview:

It started innocently enough. I would check e-mail throughout the day, mostly for work. Soon I found myself checking Facebook first thing in the morning, and sneaking peeks at my blog before going to bed. Eventually I reached the point where I’d even check my weather app for a fix. It became common for me to hollowly promise my kids “just one more minute” while sitting in the grocery store parking lot, the kids strapped impatiently in their car seats, while I desperately scrolled past LinkedIn invitations and kitchenware sales, looking for something I couldn’t define. These were not my proudest moments.

Read the full article on the Washington Post!

Do you feel “addicted” to your smartphone? Is it affecting how you parent? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. I think we’ve all been there. It’s hard to escape the draw of social media. I’m trying to be present when I can for my kids but sometimes I still slip and turn to the “quick fix” – and I agree – I don’t know WHAT I’m looking for until I find it. Even then – was it worth the search? Good luck…

  2. Being self-aware is a good thing. I am confident that you will continue to focus on what is important to you and adhere to the rules you have made for yourself.

  3. Ugh! Sounds so much like me. I need to get a handle on it, it’s ridiculous! Off the read the rest!

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  5. I think what keeps me from becoming obsessed with my smartphone is being so annoyed at those who are, which I’m grateful for….my daughter now owns an I-Phone, which her dad bought for her. I get very frustrated trying to police the use of it with her, which makes me all too aware if I’m abusing the priveledge, as well. So, by comparison only, I would say I’m pretty good about regulating when I “need” to be on my phone and when it needs to be put away. Nice article, and glad you did the experiment! XOXO-Kasey

    • Thanks! Sounds like you do a great job setting boundaries… I’m working on it! Sometimes seeing our behavior reflected in others tells us a lot about ourselves. When I see other people glued to their phones, I definitely don’t want to be like that! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’re doing well!

  6. Way to go! I just took a two month break from social media (barely checked FB/Twitter, etc. and took the aps off my phone). It was wonderful! I had so much more patience for my kids and I spent more time being fully present and engaged with them rather than checking my phone for every little thing. Technology is great, but I never want it to come before my family.

  7. I’m also trying to make an effort to put the phone down and keep it down around the kids. As for other screens (and blogging), I keep that until after they are in bed (unless they are joining for a movie night – which I also have to sometimes tweet about, but they help, so that doesn’t really count, right?)

    It sounds like you have re-achieved balance though – well done! And it’s true about ability to concentrate. I certainly feel social media connectivity decreases it for me. Disconnecting for periods, or consciously connecting when you do so and keeping your focus is, I think, key for me. And, of course, knowing where it stands in the priority list (below time with kids that’s actively happening).

  8. I love this post! Last month I did a tech cleanse on President’s day because I found myself glued to my iphone so much that even when I did put it down, I was still thinking about it when I was with my kids. On the day of my cleanse I found myself more relaxed and focused on my family. I think it’s something healthy to do once in a while. I have such a love/hate relationship with technology and social media. It can get so out of hand if you don’t put some boundaries on it.

  9. Congratulations on getting your post published.

    I’m not addicted to my phone … yet. Though I check my blog constantly for spam comments. I found the more I get involved in promoting my blog on social media the more I get sucked in.

  10. I just got an iPhone last year and part of me wishes I never got one. I try to put it away for several hours a day but I do find myself drawn to it.

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