What about your children? Try a screen test with them. Write about what happens when you lovingly limit screen time and invite them to participate in activities. Or try limiting screen time and not suggesting anything. Which goes well? Better? What did your mommy instincts tell you before, during, and after this “test?”
Do you limit screen time in your house…for yourself? What would happen if you limited it? Today is about conducting your own experiment to see how limiting yourself affects your mood, work load, interactions with your children, original thought, motivation, etc. Write about it & be thorough, because tomorrow we are going to shift that screen test to our children.
In an AHA Parenting article I recently shared, the author suggests that for every negative interaction, we need five positive interactions to keep a relationship healthy. Think about your positive vs. negative interactions with your children? What would you say the ratio is? Are you happy with the numbers? Is there any you’d like to shift?
Practice watching your children without interfering or correcting. Watch what a few moments of intentional observing bring to your thoughts and feelings about them. Then write about it. What did you feel? Admiration? Warmth? Annoyance? An urge to correct? Write about what they were/are they engaged in, how they speak, how they approach you and others. Look at the when, where, and how…and write it down.
Do an online search for how to connect more with your children. Janet Lansbury’s page is a great place to start. Write down any ideas that inspire you.