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4 Ways to get Your Family to Take a Tech Timeout
Do you ever go into total panic mode when you cannot find your cellphone? I know that I do. I feel like I have lost a limb when I am not connected. Our phones and other tech gadgets have become an integral part of our lives.
For this reason, life insurance provider Foresters™ recently launched a Tech Timeout™ challenge to encourage families to take a daily one-hour scheduled break from their electronic devices and reconnect with each other in a more personal way.
THE FORESTERS TECH TIMEOUT
Foresters™ hopes that by launching Tech Timeout families will grow awareness of how our attachment to technology affects how we spend time together, even when we are in the same room. Foresters’ mission is to champion family well-being and encourage families to take the Tech Timeout pledge and “disconnect to reconnect” for one hour each day for a week.
Use this time to enjoy tech-free activities as a family and think about new ways to spend time together. Families are encouraged to disconnect from all things electronic with the goal of helping spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives. Foresters is always looking for innovative ways to help families spend meaningful time together.
ForestersTM is a life insurance provider with a difference. The fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with almost 950,000 members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com.
HOW YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT
Since Foresters™ launched the “Tech Timeout” pledge to encourage families to spend more time together, I decided that is exactly what we would do. I signed my kids up for swim lessons at our local YMCA. My husband and I plan to take the kids, get some exercise in while they are swimming and then we will all swim together as a family. I am making it impossible for any of us to be technologically connected.
Instead, we will focus on building stronger relationships and connections rather than being on our electronic devices. Here are a couple of ways that you can get your family to take a tech timeout:
1. Declare tech free hours every single day and stick to them.
In our house, we spend every night from 5-7 doing homework and just reconnecting as a family. No one is allowed to be on their phones, laptops, tablets or iPods. We use this a charging time!
2. Find an activity that you can do a family that does not involve any technology.
I mentioned above how we are all going swimming together and this is the perfect activity for my family. We can all enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about being connected.
3. Get the entire family involved in picking a non tech activity.
We take turns letting the kids plan what we do on our tech timeouts. Last week we all went bike riding together as a family and then we played frisbee for about an hour. Everyone had a great time.
4. Round up all of the devices.
The best luck that I have for a tech timeout is by rounding up all of the devices beforehand. I mentioned above that we charge our devices during our timeout times so I gather all of the devices or put a kid in charge of getting everything and then plugging it all in.
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Visit TechTimeout.com to take action, get inspired, and share your thoughts.
Sign your name on the digital pledge wall.
Download, print, and sign the Tech Timeout pledge as a daily reminder for your family to take a break from technology.
Follow the Tech Timeout Pinterest page for inspiration.
Taking a tech timeout is the perfect way to reconnect with your family and get off your phone or computer. I laughed when I first saw the picture above but then I realized that is my family every single day so I pledged to take a tech timeout every single week for a large block of time and everyone in my family is enjoying it.
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Foresters™ blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.