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"No Tech Sunday" and How it benefits our family

I began to notice a trend a few months ago. Gaia would ask me a question, and I would respond half consciously because my mind was somewhere else. Sometimes it was justified, but a lot of the time it was because I was on my phone doing something. I always excused it with “Mommy has to do this for work,” or “I’m sending an important text,” but when I broke it down and analyzed my phone use, it was only important & time sensitive half of the time. So what about the other 50%?

In general, I put a conscious effort to not aimlessly scroll various social media feeds. I still do it. And you know what, it’s totally fine to do that sometimes. The problem is that I was going onto my social feeds every time I picked up my phone, whether I intended to or not. It was an impulse.

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To combat this and the millions of other ways technology had completely infiltrated our life, our family came up with a #notechsunday. Now I’m sure we aren’t the pioneers of this tradition, but let me explain what that means to our family.

What does it entail? No television, no computers, and no cell phone use except to answer phone calls. And the worst part: no photos. Our only exception is we are allowed to use Spotify to listen to music (thank goodness).

It’s all about making it work for you and your family.

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An unexpected bonus of No Tech Sunday is that you have to be creative. Instead of “dictionary.com” we use the library to figure out how to spell a word, instead of using Pinterest- I use cookbooks, and I always makes sure to book my yoga class the night before. We play games together instead of watching t.v., take walks, and in general just spend more time giving each other our undivided attention. Since we started No Tech Sunday 6 weeks ago, I have read 3 books (granted, I am a fast reader).

If your world completely revolves around technology, there are so many options you can do to make this tradition work for you. You can do a “no technology afternoon,” or “no t.v. on weekends,” “no cell phones at the dinner table,” or maybe “no social media on Saturday.” It’s all about making it work for you and your family.

Now on any given day, when I reach for my cell phone I evaluate why I “need it.” Sometimes I do, and sometimes it stays right where it is on the counter, because I actually don’t.

 
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