Over the past month I have taken the opportunity to disconnect to reconnect. I have walked away whenever possible from electronics for story time, cuddles, arts and crafts, and family time. We spent some time at a 'No Service' cabin. At first I was terrified to see 'No Service' flash on the top of my cell phone, but it provided me with exactly what I needed this summer, the opportunity to disconnect completely so I could connect completely with my family.
As Back to School is only a couple weeks away, it is time to reinstate our family school year routine, which I quite honestly am looking forward to (as someone who loves routine). As I think about this past summer, my emotional fuel tank is overflowing with happy family memories. As I drill down I realize many of those come from moments where I was completely engaged in our family time.
I am beginning to look at how I can integrate disconnecting from technology to reconnect as a family into our 'school-time routine'. My first step will be Sunday mornings. I have made a personal commitment to put away my cell phone on Sunday mornings to spend the time completely focused and engaged in family time. I have also committed to blocking the time off for family. It is one thing to say it and another to do it, so I have put it in my calendar as an important meeting (reminding myself when other plans arise, that time is not available).
When you think back on the summer, where do you best memories come from? How can you have more of those moments through fall, winter and spring?