Two decades ago, mobile phones were considered a non-essential possession. Today, owning a mobile phone has become a necessity. It allows us to conveniently communicate with family and friends on-demand and from anywhere. Our dependence on mobile phones have made us slaves to them – allowing us to check our emails, browse through social media feeds, or play mobile games 24/7.
Mobile phones have taken precious time from the people who are important to us, thus affecting our relationship with them. Instead of having meaningful conversations, enjoying meals together, or paying attention to one another’s needs, our eyes are glued on our devices.
As we become more aware of this sad reality, it is not too late to do something about it. Here are a few suggestions so we can deliberately give our full attention to our loved ones:
Enforce a “NO gadget on the table” rule during mealtime. Talk about the highs and lows of each one’s day. Weekend meals are also the best time to discuss the things we are grateful for as well as mentioning our goals and activities for the week ahead! Doing so opens communication lines and provides encouragement and support for each other.
Dedicate a day for GAME NIGHT! Spend fun nights with your family while getting to know them more by observing how they think! Family bonding may uncover new skills or talents!
Set a regular date with your children and spouse. We spend most of our time doing work at home or at the office; thus dedicating a special day with one´s family can help one catch up on their lives and offer support when needed.
These are simple suggestions, however, it takes sincere intention for them to really work. In this time and age when distractions are all around us, we need to be clear and to always choose what is important—our family. So, what will you do to connect with your family?