Monday, May 2, 2016

How to Put Down the Distractions and Focus on Your Family!

You can spend a dinner with your family and not be engaged with them at all. We've all been there, right? You are sitting there putting your first bite in your mouth after having cooked, served and cut into bite size pieces everyone else's food. Then your cell phone pings that you just got a text or it rings and you are pretty sure you "need to take it."

By the time you get back to the table, your family is mostly done with their food or are totally ready to get back to whatever activity they were doing before dinner.

Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Well, the other day we were at Chick Fil A, our favorite place for dinner on Friday nights! I saw this neat little contraption they call the Cell Phone Coop where you are supposed to put your phones (and probably any other distracting device) and not get them back until after you've eaten - and more importantly interacted with your family!

I loved it! I loved the idea. I love the little box. I loved the message it sent to my kids.

And so the next time we went I asked the cashier for one (apparently they keep them in the back office now). We put it on our table and tossed in my cell.

It was SOOO nice! My cell phone still pinged (at least 4 times) getting texts from people and there was one time when Big Sister said "hey let's look that up. Oh, wait, we can't. We can't use your cell right now."

But we talked. And laughed. We discussed the cars and people coming into the restaurant. Nothing profound. Big Sister used her imagination and pretended something crazy and we laughed.

It was a great dinner! I highly recommend that you head over to your local Chick-Fil-A and try out their Phone Coop while you enjoy spending time with your family, too!

Over the next month, I will be celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month (#BSHM) and providing activities that families can do together to put down the tablets, iDevices and other electronics and interact with each other! Please join me this May as we have fun with our families building better communication through face-to-face interactions!

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