I came across as website the other evening called Hands Free Mama and it made me cry.
This part especially got to me (extract taken from Hands Free Mama)
Does that hit a chord with you? I think that living in such a technically-minded world can be hard because we are surrounded by distractions. I also feel like the internet and my phone are my link to the world, they make me feel less alone when days feel very samey.
But that doesn't excuse the fact that I am doing this to my children. Since reading that blog I have decided to change my ways.
My first step? I have set my mobile so that it no longer beeps or flashes at emails or facebook notifications. This is stopping me noticing a beep or light and picking up my phone and then getting distracted by it. I'm limiting the time I have my laptop open and am trying to do it ONLY when the girls are asleep or out somewhere or if I have to use it for a proper purpose (grocery shopping, printing something for the girls etc). It's hard. I am also allowing myself 10 minutes a morning of laptop time, for that 10 minutes when I'm not really awake, when I've got my cup of tea and the girls are watching a little bit of tv.
I get the irony of blogging about being hands free but I only tend to blog when the children are asleep :D
I am currently on holiday - I have set this post to appear magically while I'm away (let's hope it does). On holiday I'll have no laptop (only my mobile) and no wi-fi. So hopefully that will help me adapt. I will be using facebook as the family like to see pictures of the girls but I'll try and only use it when the girls really don't need me. They are my life. They deserve my full attention. They will only be little for a little while and I intend to make the most of it from now on.
I'm adding the logo to my blog. If you want to add it too then you can find it - and the code for it on the Hands Free Mama blog.