The other night, while I was getting a tub ready for the littles, RJ and Elijah were playing with Nerf darts in the hall. Eli stuck the dart to RJ’s forehead and I heard him say “I need my phone. Where’s my phone?” He ran to get his iPhone (an old iPhone that no longer works) from the kitchen floor where he left it earlier.
“I take a picture, say cheese.” And he held up the phone pretending to take a picture.
Obviously, this is a learned behavior. Does a two year old innately know that iPhones take photos? Obviously not.
Something was funny, and the first thing that came to mind was to go grab his “phone” and document the funny moment. Instead of just laughing about it with his daddy. So it made me think about how often I take pictures with my phone.
I love to document how adorable and cute my babies are. I love instagram. I love showing RJ photos of the funny things that happened while he was at work or texting pictures to our family. I love taking pictures with my iPhone. I don’t even have a proper camera. But do I take pictures on my phone too often? Do I forget to be in the moment with my children, instead of taking a picture of the moment so that I can instagram it later? It is something that has been on my mind lately. I don’t feel like I am on my phone too often, but it is definitely something that I am going to work on and pay more attention to. RJ has what he calls a “digital sabbath” on Sundays. He doesn’t use any devices until sundown and I love it. If he forgets and I catch him checking his phone I point it out to him.
And Elijah is definitely our child. He has been a wiz on the iPad since he was one and will flip through the photos on my phone. He asked me to come in the house after only playing outside for 15 minutes so that he could watch Wild Kratts…and it was a beautiful day. RJ and I have become very aware that we need to enforce some sort of screen time rule. We let certain things become habits for him when Emaline was a newborn so that life would be easier and it needs to change. We are figuring out what is going to work best for us, and how to make it so that Eli can understand and follow it.
Do you struggle with putting down your phone? Do you have screen time limits with your kids? I would love to hear how you enforce it and what works for you!