April Rhythm Challenge: Online Time
There’s plenty of talk in Waldorf circles about limiting media or screen time for children. But what’s going on with mamas these days and their own screen time? Welcome to the April Rhythm Challenge! For more background and links to all the Rhythm Challenges please see this post.
Most of us are online a lot. And there are many great reasons for a homeschooling parent to be connected in online. I don’t know how I would function without the internet, frankly, in my personal or professional or community life (I certainly wouldn’t have an online business).
I find, though, that I have to set boundaries around my online time in order to be effective in life. Especially during the time that I am with my little ones! My children are watching me all the time to learn how to be in the world and I want them to see me spending time with people without distractions and reading actual books. I want them to feel that I’m fully present.
How about you? Do you have any boundaries in place and is it worth considering?
This month I want to challenge you to take a look at your online time, how it affects your rhythm and family life, and what boundaries you want to have in place.
I encourage you to take some time and answer the questions in writing. Sign up here for your free April Rhythm Challenge worksheet.
Once you’ve completed your worksheet you’ll have a plan for how to spend your time online so it enhances your life rather than distracting from it.
Here are some tips for sticking to your online time plan:
- Write down your motivation and keep it in mind.
- Turn off notifications on your phone.
- Don’t keep your phone in your pocket - put it away somewhere.
- Write down your boundaries and post them where you’ll see them (like a post-it note on your computer).
- Talk to your friends or spouse about your plan.
I look forward to hearing about the positive changes you make!