Enough play time?

I do a fair share of blog viewing just as an interested mommy and as a reporter and blogger myself. Often I’m mining the blogs for ideas for myself (things to do with Miles, new recipes to try, tips on teaching certain lessons, etc.) and other times I’m mining the blogs for ideas for work (blog topics, story ideas, etc.)

Today I ran across this graphic:

Source: http://www.diaryofafirstchild.com/2013/08/06/how-much-time-do-you-spend-playing/

Source: http://www.diaryofafirstchild.com/2013/08/06/how-much-time-do-you-spend-playing/

It made me feel something, well several somethings. The first was guilt, a fact that the graphic even addresses — nearly 50 percent of the parents felt inadequate toward other parents and 60 percent feel they should switch their phone off and concentrate on their child.

Ugh! I’m totally in both of those categories. I am 100 percent sure I need to play more with Miles and spend less time on my phone. Nothing on Facebook/blogs/e-mails/text messages are more important than the few hours a I get with him between when I get home from work and bedtime.

So here’s my vow to my son and my husband (who strongly dislikes my close ties to my cell phone) — I’m going to keep it up on a shelf and have my bottom on the floor in those precious moments we have to play together. And as for after Miles’ bedtime and before mine, I’ll do my best to spend more time cuddling my hubby and less time caressing the touchpad of my phone.

I think there will be some episodes of withdrawal, but I’ll be strong.

Anyone else out there need to go through a phone detox program? What’s your tips for getting quality playtime in with your little ones? What are you thoughts on this play infographic? Does it inspire you to say “no” less and “yes” more as the original blogger commented?

 

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