4 Ways To Manage Smartphones & Family Relationships: Good Things Utah
Smartphones are here to stay, and they can be a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends, work in our careers, and keep up on what’s going on in the world. However, in some ways they are becoming a huge problem for so many families. Kids and adults are so connected to our phones that we often become disconnected from each other! Here are some tips to manage tech overload and scale back:
Have No-Phone Zones at Meals
When it’s meal time (either at home or at a restaurant), put the phones away. This is an opportunity to really engage with each other, and kids especially need to learn those important communication skills of how to keep a conversation going.
Have Phone-Free Pillow Talk Nightly
It’s so easy for a couple to both be on their phones as they’re laying in bed, but set them aside so the two of you can spend some time talking sans technology. We need uninterrupted face-to-face time to be together. All the research shows that being on your phone in bed impacts your relationship.
Charge Phones Outside of the Bedroom
If your child has his/ her phone in the room at night, I guarantee your child is on it! Kids may not yet have the self-control to put it away at night (many adults don’t either!), so you as a parent need to set a boundary so they get their sleep. Make it a rule that phones are charged overnight out of the room.
Be Where Your Feet Are
We need to be present together as human beings. If you’re in the park, get off Facebook and be with your kid! This saying is a great reminder that sometimes we need to just set technology aside and be with those who are physically present with us.
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to KSL TV's Studio 5, and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available.