How often are you on your phone?
Do you ever take a break from social media?
Today is one of my favorite days of the month because today we continue our monthly series, Life Lessons From Toddlerhood.
Whenever I talk with someone who has loved a toddler at some point in their lives, typically they tell me how much they loved this time of life and how I shouldn’t miss a moment. I guess this series is my tribute to that, but don’t worry I will tie in blogging tips, somehow.
Life Passing Too Quickly
I feel like the holidays are approaching really fast this year. I know Thanksgiving was celebrated later this year giving us less time before the holidays, but I feel like life is passing too quickly before me.
Thankfully, I finished my Christmas and birthday shopping last week. In almost 2 weeks, my little lady will debut as a true toddler. She turns 2-years-old on the 21st of this month.
It is truly crazy how fast time goes by. I honestly feel like if I woke up tomorrow, was still pregnant and the last 2 years were just a weird pregnancy dream, that it would make sense.
Today, I want to share a recent toddlerhood life lesson I’ve been learning.
The other day, the little lady and I had just come home from a play date. Her nap time was closing in, and I had a ton of work to do. On the way home, I picked up Wendy’s because I needed her to eat quickly.
We sat at the kitchen table. She was smiling and eating. I was on my phone, reading comments, researching articles, and my patience was running out. She batted her eyes and flirted with me, and I tapped my foot.
I Saw Myself Through Her Eyes
Then, suddenly I saw myself through her eyes. Did I want to communicate to my daughter that my phone was more important than her? What was she thinking while I sat there on my phone? I decided then that my work could wait the 15 minutes it needed to until I had her down for her nap.
This experience really opened my eyes. When you work a job where there is always more to do and your office is waiting for you just around the corner, how do you stay present with your loved ones?
With the holidays coming up, I thought this was a perfect time to discuss this toddlerhood life lesson. Sometimes, I think it is worth it to put our phones, iPads and computers away.
No, I am not talking about forever or even for a day. I am suggesting that we put the electronics away for a set amount of time. I think it is worth it to give ourselves a break and to walk away if only for a little while.
According to the article, To Stay on Schedule, Take a Break, in The New York Times by Phyllis Korkki, taking breaks will actually increase your productivity.
Two of the Hardest Working Men I Know
My grandfather was self-employed as a painter and carpenter. Every day when it was lunch time, he would stop what he was doing and take a break. He did this for many, many years. Later, my uncle took over the business and is currently at our home building a basement bathroom.
Today, I discovered my uncle with his own son sitting at our table eating lunch. These two men, my uncle and grandfather, are two of the hardest working men I have ever met. They still take time to sit, eat lunch, and rest before getting right back at it.
What I’m not saying is to become lazy or a couch potato. I am confident that the last thing any of my readers are is lazy. So, I’m really not worried about that.
What I am saying is to spend time with your family, friends and loved ones. Put the iPhone down and be present. Take a long bubble bath, go for a walk or read that book that you’ve been meaning to get to. Not only is it good for your soul, but it is also good for your work.
Keep your nose to the grindstone, or your fingers on the keyboard and your eyes on the screen. Because the more time you put in, the more you’ll get done, right? Wrong. A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.”
~ Phyllis Korkki
December’s life lesson from toddlerhood is to stop and take a break. This might be my favorite life lesson so far. Are you willing to give yourself a break? To maybe have an electronic free meal, night or day? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.
You are all amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this toddler journey with me. Have a wonderful week, everyone.