#1wordwednesday / turning off [TECHNOLOGY] to pay attention to our kids

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I’ll admit it – I struggle with this little device called a smartphone.

I’m easily distracted and feeling like I can’t put it down or let it out of sight is not how I want to live life – especially in front of my kids. Fear of missing out. Fear of being left out. Fear of not knowing. It’s silly, really.

What in the world did we do before these inventions??? Hard to believe my high school and most of college life didn’t even involve text messaging. Wow.

That’s why we’re turning off [TECHNOLOGY] every single night – from 6pm to 9pm.

How exactly are we doing that, you may wonder?

#1 – Do Not Disturb setting on our phones

If you have an iPhone, this is easy. Open Settings > Do Not Disturb > Go to the Scheduled section and enter the hours you want your phone to automatically go into Do Not Disturb mode. For us, that will be 6-9pm each night.

What does this mean? Our phones won’t receive alerts and notifications while in Do Not Disturb mode. I have the settings to still allow phone calls in case someone has an emergency.

Also, there is an option to send an auto-reply to anyone that sends a text message during the Do Not Disturb hours. Here is what I’m using:

You can adjust the wording as you like.

Also, it sends a second message to the sender to reply with URGENT and their original message will be delivered.

Pretty nifty, right?

It’s only 3 hours a day. My kids deserve way more than that. This is a start. A start to figuring out how to protect my time with our children. Before we know it, they’ll be gone. I don’t want to live with regrets and let this smartphone steal my moments. How about you?

Want to join us in giving technology free hours a try?

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