Family / Parenting

Disconnecting to Connect: Balancing Technology and Family

where can i buy isotretinoin in australia phoneIt is odd to be sitting here, working on my laptop, sitting next to my phone, and watching a show as I get ready to write about disconnecting from technology. Most days, I have my cell phone in my hand or my pocket.

We bought a house in January, and during the two months of renovations, my phone was never out of reach, primarily because we had hired many professionals for different works, including interior designers, builders, electricians like the ones at Fernee Electrical (they are known to be reputed Electrician Elwood), plumbers, and landscape contractors. It is possible that our project would have been delayed if the phone was found switched off. This is because we wanted all the experts working with us to tell us about the nitty-gritty of what was happening.

Therefore, the mobile phone would ring at least once an hour with a phone call, text, or email from the plumber or electrician hired through a company similar to Calibre Connect Sydney. I had to answer, or the project would come to a stop.

And I imagine that is the case for the majority of people who move into a new home since they have to renovate the property, address electrical and plumbing issues, and perhaps put in a new backyard garden with she shed with just the right she shed lighting, among other things to make it the way they want their abode to be. Additionally, the renovations might go horribly wrong if the owners are unable to work in tandem with the specialists doing the job. This might be the reason why people prefer buying properties from real estate firms such as Property Lark or the ones like them that buy pre-owned homes. This is because such companies often renovate the property before selling it to a new buyer. One can use keywords like ‘we buy houses Modesto‘ or ‘home buyers nearby’ to find such companies online. Similarly, people can also take the help of their agents to get in touch with such resellers.

Coming back, I found myself sitting next to my babies while trolling Pinterest for front yard landscaping or DIY fencing. I turned on a show for my four-year-old while the babies slept so I could shop for throw pillows or peruse paint colors.

I got annoyed if the babies woke up before I had narrowed the shades of blue. I was so wrapped up in this new house–the stress and the excitement–that my energy was focused on all the possibilities found online.

After a while, I realized that all of this attention to electronics was making me miss my children! So, I started putting my phone down. In fact, I put it away in a cabinet. Sometimes, I even turned the ringer off! And you know what? The stress I was feeling about the renovations and the move faded. It was replaced with giggles and walks in the sunshine void of distractions.

Instead of taking pictures of the babies playing with their big brother or taking videos of them eating new foods, I play with all three kids and lay with them in the grass. My stress level is lower. I am happier. I am more present in my life. So much so that I just Googled “flip-phone” thinking about taking a step back. (Yes, I see the irony in that act.)

Technology is helpful, but I also think it can make us a stranger to our own lives. My goal is to text less, surf less, Facebook less in order to be more. Who’s with me?

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