May I confess something to you? While I like to think I’m on top of my mom game, I’m not a Pinterest kind of mom. I sometimes let my son go beyond the time limits I set for him on his Nintendo Switch. I may let him eat in front of the television to work on my To Do list. I barely watch television, but sometimes find myself scrolling through my social media feeds for a couple of
hours. Our lives are filled with Jo Jo Bean events, filming movies, swim practices, music lessons, and martial arts classes. I still try to squeeze in some time to go to the gym. I often feel like we never are able to decompress and unwind.
On Monday, Jo came home with a sizeable reading packet that he had to finish. I sat with him and read through the book as he answered pages of unending questions. I knew that I was going to let my husband take over at 6:30 p.m. so I could go to my weekly Barre class. The time came to leave, and I decided to stay. We ate dinner at the table without distractions from technology. I laughed at Jo's jokes. I listened as he told me how the endermans and creepers invaded his Minecraft house because he forgot to add lights. I decided to skip the gym that night and enjoy the company of my family. Jo said that he likes eating at the table as a family without technology. Coming from a nine-year-old who loves his video games, that's wonderful to hear.
I plan to make a concerted effort to have more moments like this – less scheduled activities and more screen-free days with the family. I hope you will join me, even if it's just one day a week, as I unplug technology and discover new adventures with my family and with a book.