We love Rachel Macy Stafford (aka Hands Free Mama) - http://www.handsfreemama.com
She has inspired me to focus on what really matters- family. But it is hard- I know how much I use my phone for work and to feel connected to the people in my life. I also know how distracted I am when home with my son and I am on the phone/social media instead of being present with him.
I found this beautiful basket that we keep on our fireplace mantle. It is a tricky balance, and a lesson that I am continuing to learn. I am making a commitment to myself and to him to have designated times (when he is napping) that I can check my phone for emails and social media. I know- I hear you- so many emails and important messages coming in, but think about what message it sends to your child when you value your phone over personal interaction with them. That isn't how you are intending your behavior to be perceived, but that is the message that they receive.
My husband is also going to be putting his phone in this basket once he gets home, and we can take our phones out again after our son goes to sleep to check, but then we will put them back as a commitment to each other.
During this holiday break with your family and when your children are home with you, try to be present and mindful. Baby steps. When you make the change for yourself, you will notice a change in your relationship with your child.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.