Happy New Year Nannies2Go Families!
Hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start. Every year we all make a New Year’s resolution and we hope to stick to it. That’s the big question: do we stick to it. I made three New Year’s resolutions this year. Two are personal goals. The third one is one that I think everybody should possibly think about: cell phones, laptops, smart watches, computers, any device that takes us away from our daily lives. At Nannies2Go we have several questions we ask families when we come in to sit for their children, one of the questions is how much screen time is your child allowed that would be TV, iPad, smart watches, iPhones. We put rules and time frames on our children but we don’t have that for ourselves and we miss out on a lot when were so involved in our electronics. My worst pet peeve is being in a restaurant or at Disneyland (the most wonderful place on earth) and in line the children are sitting on the ground playing with their parents cell phone. The whole thing about Disneyland is the anticipation and waiting for the ride and talking and getting to know each other and being a family. In restaurants parents give their cell phones to the kids to keep them quite. As you know we all do it I’ve seen it many times nobody ever goes anywhere anymore without that cell phone or the smart watch or the iPads. So my New Year’s resolution this year is to turn my phone to silent for one hour every night to spend with my husband. My kids are all grown and gone. My grandkids come by and see me but when they do their on their cell phones. New rule in our house when you come visit grandma and grandpa you turn yourself phone off and you come to visit us and not your phone. If everybody gave up an hour or two each day and spent it with our family and our children and open the communication again. I think we would know more about what’s going on in our homes and with our children with school, sports and their feelings. I challenge you parents out there can you give that phone up one hour a day to spend with your kids.