Chances are you are using your iPad, phone, or laptop to read this post. Truth be told, I'm using my iPad to write it and later, I will use my laptop to publish it. I'm on some form of electronic all the time. Either I'm checking work emails; updating my client calendar; billing for sessions electronically; texting for my son's swim or soccer carpool; checking swim stats; paying bills; or keeping up with new and fun ideas for speech sessions on Instagram. I dislike being connected to devices and I despise the example that I am setting for my nine year old son. Maybe that's why I still enjoy reading books- you know, actual books that I can purchase or borrow from my library. It's the one time I can be off a device and model a leisure activity that doesn't involve something that I need to charge later.
Alas, my son is just as reliant on his devices (kindle, computer, DS) as I am, but he decided (ok, I coaxed him into it) to give up playing games on all devices for Lent. That's right, for 40 days, we put away his kindle and DS and set his computer on the charger. I have to say, he's been doing really well this first week, but we needed a game plan for his swim meet this past weekend. You see, swim meets are a time to zone out on devices or tune out those around you with earbuds or headsets, eat, and wait until your next event. I feared he might break into a cold sweat without his DS, but I was pleasantly surprised by what happened instead! He easily rallied a group of his peers to play Uno Robotics. As a communication professional, I loved listening to them make silly voices to record their names and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their laughter as they played a round or two. WINNING!