It is very important for a technology geek like me to take scheduled technology breaks. I know we all talk a good game but how often do you put down your gadgets? Not just for an hour, but for a whole 24-hour period? I’m about to take a really nice technology break. I have planned for it. We are taking a break with our girls. We will spend 24 hours offline and just have fun. I like to do this when we camp in the summer, but I have to be mindful of how Winter hibernation leaves us glued to our computers for recreation. Last Friday I was in the living room on my laptop. My husband was on Facebook on his iPhone. The four-year-old was on the iPad playing a game and the 8-year old was playing hangman on my iPhone. Amongst the dull blue hazy screen glow hypnotizing everyone in the room, I realized it was time to disconnect for a bit. I navigated to our favorite local water park’s website and checked out the schedule. Thurs-Sunday are the winter hours. I bought tickets for Thursday.
You see it is my job as the Mom to make sure I limit screen time for the family. Don’t get me wrong technology is efficient for communication and business, but logging off, is just as important! I can’t teach my children social skills if sitting in a room glued to technology is how we spend our family time. So on Thursday you won’t be able find me for 24 whole hours! I will be swimming with my girls and reading an actual book and enjoying conversation with my husband. A quick break to recharge our batteries in a world filled with digital stimuli. The best part is I know that my virtual world will be here when I get back, and it won’t have missed me much!
I just started a new venture today with my dear friend Rene Syler AKA Good Enough Mother we call her GEM! Because she’s a Gem of a woman who has a wonderful story of reinventing herself after leaving the CBS Early show. We love reinvention in the business world so it’s all relevant. I will be writing for her twice a month on Thursdays. Today was the debut of my new column Raisin in Minnesota, yes it’s a pun and I like it! My column will focus on interracial marriage, parenthood and stepmommery in Minnesota. If you are looking for a keeping it real take on Motherhood I suggest you frequent GoodEnoughMother.com you can always find the link in my blogroll!
If you know me, you’ve met her. You either have eaten her recipes, or received her wisdom when you asked my advice. Mom loved Christmas. Even more she loved being with her family and friends for holidays. Losing her has taught me so much about what is important in life. She was an excellent communicator and, like her daughter connected with people for life. She opened her heart and her home to everyone she knew. She is responsible for all the best parts of me. I invite you to learn a little more about her life and the importance of life planning in a documentary that airs on TPT and Minnesota public television, tonight at 7PM CST. If you’re not in Minnesota, you can watch it here.
As we gather with family and friends, this season. I ask you to make an appointment with each other to talk about your wishes for end of life care. Don’t do it now and spoil the mood, but make the appointment. It is so important. I wish you all a peaceful and wonderful holiday season. –Your friend, Hillery