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Tech News

22 April 2016

  • Family Time

Be Where Your Feet Are


If you are observant in any of our local coffee shops or restaurants you may have noticed one or more members of a family engrossed in whatever technology is in their hand or on the table while paying scant attention to their surroundings. It seems that this is becoming more of the norm rather than enjoying one another’s company and conversation. I'm sure you have seen something similar. I've been guilty myself. 

We need to make a conscious effort not to be on a screen when we’re with our children and instead pay attention to them. I have noticed an increase in the number of times I'm stopped at a traffic light while driving and there appears to be a parent and child in the car next to me not talking, with the child looking at a tablet screen.  Perhaps we should try to keep the space and time in the car as opportunities for conversation and limiting the amount of screen time that is taking place.

In our busy world, we need to make a conscious effort to increase the opportunities for conversation as well as allow for some down time. Regulating the amount of time children expect to get entertained will benefit them in the long run.  

I always enjoy receiving a good parenting and tech advice from others who have experience and insight and recently I read what I think is a great reminder for families as well as for everyone, “Be where your feet are”.  

So, are you where your feet are?  In a coffee shop with others?  In your car with passengers?  As a spectator at your child's events?  At home at the dinner table?  It's an intriguing question and not just one for parents and children. Are you where your feet are during a meeting?  While at work?
The video clip highlights the need for quality time rather than the quantity of time we spend with our children. Please click on the link in the image or here to watch the video clip.

Craig Brown