Learning to Find a Technology Balance
I love being a stay at home mom, and having the opportunity to get out and about with my daughter, but sometimes I struggle to be “in the moment.” I have a constant battle with myself whether I should bring my phone to the things I do with my daughter knowing I’ll probably end up on social media while she plays. Because let’s face it after the thousandth “watch me” I just want a little adult interaction, so I slip out my phone and check social media or shoot off a few texts. It’s a bad habit, and something I’m not proud of.
Is the answer to leave my phone at home? But what if a cute picture opportunity presents itself? What if I need to call someone or I need to add something to my schedule? Those things occasionally happen, but the truth is that more times than not when I pull out my phone it’s to check social media. I rarely do the things I claim I’m bringing my phone for.
Does it have to be all or none? Do I need to feel guilty? No. Like with everything in life, I need to find a balance. I will spend the majority of my day soaking up the time I get to spend with my daughter and sometimes, I will allow myself a few minutes to check in with the world and then I’ll get right back to watching for the thousandth and first time.
About the Author
Tara Spedding was born and raised in Wichita, KS and moved to Des Moines in 2014. Tara and her husband have one daughter, Charlie (4), and two dogs. They are loving getting to explore Des Moines in their free time and try everything the city has to offer.